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Criminal defense lawyers with experience handling a wide range of white collar criminal defense cases, from securities fraud to insider trading.

What to do if Federal Investigators Contact You

Have Federal Investigators Contacted You about Suspected White-Collar Crimes? Just like in any other crime, never give statements or attempt to defend yourself against alleged charges of white-collar crime without speaking to an attorney first. Ideally, you should contact an experienced white-collar criminal defense attorney. White-collar investigations can be just as complex as the alleged crimes themselves, and you will need an attorney familiar with the process. Federal investigators will work to build a case against you, and talking to them might make matters worse. Make sure your white-collar defense attorney is an expert in federal criminal procedure and that he or she has experience with the types of charges facing you. Your attorney should be able to tell you all possible outcomes of your case and be able to anticipate the government’s strategy in its attempt to prosecute you. You might be at risk of losing certain assets under…
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Questions and Answers about White-Collar Crime

What is White-Collar Crime? White-collar crime is the generic term describing crimes involving alleged commercial fraud, cheating consumers, swindles, insider trading on the stock market, embezzlement and other forms of dishonest business schemes. The term itself comes from the notion that perpetrators of these types of crimes wear white collars and ties. What is the Difference Between White-Collar Crimes and Other Crimes? White-collar crimes, unlike other crimes, do not involve using physical force. Instead, white-collar crimes are often complex and highly technical. It can takes months and even years for investigators to gather enough evidence and make an arrest. Do the Neighborhood Police Investigate White-Collar Crime? Usually not. White-collar crimes are often federal crimes and fall under the jurisdiction of the FBI, IRS, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Postal Service, Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Investigators will typically have a target for their investigation of suspected…
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What Makes a Good Criminal Defense Attorney?

Facing criminal charges is a serious matter. Unlike a civil proceeding, a criminal conviction can mean jail time and a permanent criminal record. Having a conviction on your record will make it extremely difficult to gain meaningful employment in the future. With that said, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is paramount. What can a good criminal defense attorney do for you? Keep the following in mind when looking for an attorney to represent you in a criminal proceeding: A good defense attorney understands the emotions you are going through – defendants often deal with feelings of shame and embarrassment, and your attorney should understand and help you deal with them. A good attorney will keep you informed along the way and make sure you do not feel left out of your own case. A good attorney should be able to commit the proper amount of time to preparing your…
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Hedge-Fund Founder Guilty of Insider Trading

Galleon Group hedge-fund founder Raj Rajaratnam could spend the rest of his life in prison for insider trading. Last month, a jury found Rajaratnam guilty on all 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. According to prosecutors, he received confidential stock tips from insiders at public companies and then used the inside information to make a profit and avoid $63.8 million in losses. Rajaratnam’s white-collar defense lawyers argued that their client used public information and legitimate research in all his transactions. Nonetheless, Rajaratnam returns to court on July 29 for sentencing. Some are calling the conviction of Rajaratnam one of the most significant successful prosecutions of a financial white-collar defendant since Bernard Ebbers and Jeffrey Skilling. In 2005, a court sentenced WorldCom, Inc., executive Bernard Ebbers to 25 years in prison for conspiracy, securities fraud and making false filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Former Enron President Jeffrey Skilling…
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FBI Hopes Criminal Profiling Will Catch More White-Collar Criminals

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now using behavioral profiling in hopes of targeting white-collar criminals. Agents from the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) are analyzing securities fraud cases to get into the minds of white-collar criminals in the same way as serial killers and violent criminals. Infamous cases such as Bernie Madoff and Hassan Nemazee, who stole nearly $300 million from Citigroup, are some of the files agents are studying. The FBI is eager to show that it is not soft on white-collar criminals. The agency faced criticism about the low number of criminal prosecutions in connection with the nation’s financial crisis. What began as a way to target Ponzi schemes turned into a broader examination of white-collar crimes, according to an FBI assistant special agent. In addition, the FBI has an embedded agent working with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington D.C. The agent works with…
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