Experienced White Collar Crime Attorney
White collar crime is a big problem, and thanks to technology, these types of crimes are becoming more common and more sophisticated. White collar crime can have far-reaching consequences for businesses, their employees and their investors. If you have been accused of a white collar crime, you need an experienced attorney like Stephen Katz to defend you.
White collar crimes take many forms, including:
While white collar crimes are generally not considered violent crimes, they do have serious repercussions for the victims. For example, a victim of identity theft can spend years trying to reclaim their life and embezzlement can drive companies out of business.
Penalties for white collar crimes can be severe. But even being accused of this type of crime can damage your reputation as well as your job prospects. Attorney Katz will vigorously defend you against these charges. Because he values providing personalized service, you can be assured your case will get his full attention.
Embezzlement can take many forms. The simplest type of embezzlement is the employee who fabricates bills for services never provided and then uses the money from those payments for personal use. This can include the business traveler who pads their expense account or misuses their company credit card. Ponzi schemes are also considered a type of embezzlement.
Embezzlement can be tried as a state or federal crime. Either way, the penalties for embezzling are severe and can include up to 10 years in prison and fines equal to the value of the embezzled property. Attorney Katz will work to mitigate the effect of charges and eventual verdict. He understands that judges have a lot of leeway during sentencing and he will use that knowledge for your benefit.
Anyone who has watched a television police drama understands the concept of money laundering. It involves making illegally obtained money look like it came from a legitimate source. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, including by transfers involving foreign banks or by running the money through a legitimate business or a shell corporation. The advent of online banking and cryptocurrency has made money laundering even easier and harder to trace.
Money laundering is a federal crime and penalties can include up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the funds involved. If you are accused of money laundering, you need to contact an attorney immediately.
Internet And Cyber Crimes
Cyber crimes can target individuals, businesses, public institutions like schools and even the government. If you have received a scam email asking for your bank information or your social security number, you have been a potential victim of a cybercrime.
Stalking, sex-related offenses and online bullying are also cyber crimes, as are intellectual property theft and defamation. The United States has some of the world’s strictest laws against cyber crimes. Penalties vary, but typically involve prison time. If you have been charged with committing a cybercrime, you need an attorney with experience in this arena to defend you.