White Collar Crime

White collar crime is defined as illegal financial gain without the use of violence. The term broadly encompasses financial crimes such as:

  • antitrust violations
  • bankruptcy fraud
  • bribery
  • computer/internet fraud
  • credit card fraud
  • counterfeiting
  • embezzlement
  • economic espionage
  • environmental law violations
  • financial fraud
  • government fraud
  • healthcare fraud
  • insider trading
  • insurance fraud
  • kickbacks
  • mail fraud
  • money laundering
  • public corruption
  • telemarketing fraud
  • securities fraud
  • tax evasion
  • trade secret theft

Based on the archaic assumption that people accused of committing these crimes are businessmen who wear white shirts and ties, white collar crime is distinguished from physical crimes which are supposedly committed by "blue collar" workers.

Defending White Collar Crimes in Ohio and Kentucky

In order for the prosecution to get a conviction, it must be proven that you deliberately and willfully defrauded people or intentionally took money from a company without the intention of paying it back. In other words, the burden will be on the prosecution to prove.

Defending financial crime cases usually involve considerable paper trails and electronic evidence gathered from computers or the Internet. Therefore, if you have been accused of a white collar crime, it is essential, even critical, to have a criminal defense attorney with the resources to prepare a compelling case from infinitesimal details.

Additional information on certain notable white collar crimes is listed below for your convenience.