Defense Attorneys For White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes charges are complex and require a sophisticated defense. With many of the white collar crimes, defense requires extensive review of financial and banking records. If charged with a white collar crime, it is imperative to get an experienced white collar defense attorney on your side immediately. Soroka & Associates, LLC, is a firm that is highly experienced in white collar crime defense on both the state and federal levels. We have been involved in white collar defense on both the trial level and the post-conviction relief levels. Call our Columbus office today to set up your free consultation with one of our attorneys.
RICO And Racketeering
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act “RICO,” is no longer limited to organized crime figures, and now encompasses a wide range of offenses. The following crimes may all be included under the RICO Act:
- Murder and homicide
- Theft and embezzlement
- Extortion and bribery
- Fraud and forgery
- Dealing in obscene materials
- Counterfeiting and gambling
- Obstruction of justice and jury tampering
- Various acts of terrorism
- Arson and various robbery offenses
- Drug trafficking and human trafficking
- Securities violations and bank fraud
- Money laundering
The RICO Act is a federal law that places its focus on racketeering offenses. The RICO Act permits perceived leaders of criminal enterprises to be prosecuted and made culpable for illegal acts that they ordered and/or assisted others in carrying out.
Racketeering occurs when an individual or a group of individuals operate a business that engages in criminal activities to make a profit. When the business itself is unlawful, it may be referred to as a “racket.”
The offense of money laundering occurs when an individual or company receives money obtained in illegal activities and then takes steps to make it appear such funds were generated by legitimate and honest business activities. These actions are considered a form of fraudulent activity and may carry serious prison terms.
Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud can involve a variety of criminal acts that range from unauthorized use of another person’s credit card to large operations in which credit card information is stolen via mail or the Internet. Credit card fraud includes:
- Opening accounts using stolen credit card information and/or via identity theft
- Making purchases with another persons’ credit card without their authorization
- Applying for a credit card or line of credit using another’s personal information
- Stealing credit card information via the Internet.
Mortgage Fraud has been on the rise in the recent years, and has become one of the most frequently occurring forms of white collar crime. Mortgage fraud involves any and all misrepresentations, misstatements, and/or omissions in attempting to secure a property or property loan. Both individuals and/or industry professionals can be charged with mortgage fraud when misrepresentations are made in an effort to secure a property loan or obtain a profit from the sale.
Health Care Fraud
Health care fraud is a broad term and encompasses numerous criminal acts by individuals and entities such as pharmacies, hospitals and diagnostic facilities. Typical charges for health care fraud include the following activities:
- Performing a medical procedure on a patient that is unneeded
- Overcharging and falsely charging patients, insurance providers, and Medicare and/or CareSource
- Failing to perform a medical procedure but providing documentation and billing the patient as if the procedure was actually performed
• Illegal payments of “kickbacks” to other medical entities for patient referrals.
Mail fraud occurs when an individual utilizes the United States mail system in order to illegally obtain money and/or property from another individual. Mail fraud is a federal offense and encompasses a number of various criminal acts under its umbrella. These criminal offenses share common characteristics of misrepresentations or false statements in an effort to obtain money from an individual. Even when the utilization of the United States mail system is only a small part of the criminal activity, an individual can still be charged with mail fraud in the federal system.
Wire fraud charges are brought against an individual or business that has used a variety of means of electronic communications to defraud another individual of money and/or property. The penalties for wire fraud depend greatly on whether the violation affects an individual or a banking institution, and on the amount of money or property involved.
Embezzlement is when an individual or entity misappropriates funds belonging to another individual or entity for their own benefit. The proof of embezzlement typically is financial records. The amount of money involved in the embezzlement determines the severity of the penalties.
The crime of conspiracy occurs when two or more people form an agreement and formulate a plan to commit a crime. Two or more people who come to a mutual understanding to commit a crime, become willingly and knowingly involved in the conspiracy, and take overt action to carry out the conspiracy. The success of the plan can be irrelevant to the charges. Conspiracy requires a minimum of two individuals, but there is no limit on the number of individuals involved.