White-Collar Crime

The retaining of an experienced New York City white-collar crime lawyer is critical any time a person is accused of violating New York's numerous white collar crimes.

“White-collar crime” is a general term often used to define non-violent crimes that are financial in motivation. White-collar crimes tend to exist when people use deception or fraud to steal property, rather than force or when government officials use their positions for financial gain. White-collar crime can include money laundering, corruption, conspiracy, bribery, identity theft, embezzlement, insider trading, etc.

Accusations of white-collar crime are complicated and the evidence in question is always voluminous. This is true because white-collar crime, when it happens, happens over a long period of time. As a result, it takes a long time for the authorities to find out about it and it takes even longer for them to prove it. For example, if a person was charged with robbery, it is very clear to the victim, the witnesses, the police, and to society in general that the defendant forcibly stole a person’s property. The incident clearly happens, the authorities are then notified, and an arrest is made. Then the evidence is referred to the District Attorney’s Office and the case is litigated. With white-collar offenses, however, it can take years to find out that a crime even occurred. And it could take even longer to prove it or disprove it. For example, suppose an employee trusted with managing a company’s finances takes a small portion of the company’s money, turns it into cash, and pockets it. Suppose further that he does this at such a miniscule level, compared to the overall amount of money the company earns, that no one even realized the money is gone. However, over a period of say ten years, that miniscule amount of money that the money manager took in each increment adds up. Now, the company realizes that it lost millions of dollars over a long period of time, but where did it go? After all, the manager was in charge of the money so how can you prove that he stole it? It’s not necessarily an easy task. Doing so would require a careful examination of a lot of documents, figuring out patterns of behavior, and potentially even forcing co-conspirators to cooperate.

What makes white-collar crime accusations vexing is because mere suspicion of impropriety is often enough to ruin a career or to land someone in jail. There are two main reasons for this. Reason one is that people simply do not like the idea of white-collar crime. White-collar workers in general are typically vilified in today’s political climate. Those feelings mixed with any accusations of impropriety are enough to allow people to jump to the wrong conclusions. Reason two is the voluminous amounts of documents associated with typical white-collar cases are enough to make the head of a layperson spin. It’s just easier to assume the person is guilty than to really look at the evidence. This causes an inherent lowering of the burden of proof.

Below is an explanation of the statutes that the most common white-collar crime arrests stem from in New York. If you or a loved one are the target of an investigation in which the government thinks you committed a white-collar crime or if you've already been arrested or indicted, do not hesitate to contact John Buza today for a free consultation.

Bribery, Bribe Receiving, Commercial Bribing, and Commercial Bribe Receiving
Health Care Fraud
Identity Theft
Insurance Fraud
Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property
Falsifying Business Records
Forgery and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument
Welfare Fraud