White Collar Crimes
White-collar crimes include a wide range of nonviolent offenses that generally involve some type of allegation of fraud or embezzlement.
There are serious consequences to being charged with a white-collar crime, including possible incarceration and fines as well as damage to one’s career and reputation. These cases can be extremely complicated and challenging, so it is crucial for you to choose a lawyer who has the sophisticated knowledge and proven background to fight for the best-possible outcome in your case.
The Law Office of Nicole Knox can defend you against state and federal white-collar crime charges. Ms. Knox has a deep understanding of the complexities of white-collar crimes and will protect your rights every step of the way. She has an established record of defending her clients against a wide range of white-collar crimes, including:
- Public corruption
- Medicare and health care fraud
- Money laundering
- Bank, wire and mail fraud
- Tax evasion
- Identity theft
The complexity of these cases often stems from the volume and kinds of evidence the government has compiled through substantive investigations conducted before any charges are filed. This evidence may include everything from documentation from financial institutions to transactional details locked on computer hard drives. Ms. Knox is highly skilled at sifting through voluminous evidence and finding the weaknesses she can use to formulate an effective defense strategy for you.
Even if you have not yet been charged and are only under investigation for a possible white-collar crime, you need to seize the opportunity to protect your rights and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Prosecutors often add allegations of conspiracy to other charges.
Conspiracy is basically an accusation that two or more people agreed to commit a crime. It is important to understand that if you are accused of conspiracy, the prosecution must also prove your statements or actions furthered the purpose of the conspiracy. Ms. Knox will challenge the prosecution at every stage of your case in seeking to raise reasonable doubt as to your involvement in a conspiracy.
Embezzlement involves an act of illegally appropriating or secreting assets and tends to occur in the corporate world.
An embezzlement charge may be filed against a person or a group of individuals who have allegedly mishandled assets for personal gain. An employee may embezzle money from the company, or a company executive, officer, or director may embezzle money from investors.
Defense strategies in embezzlement cases usually focus on the paper trail. Ms. Knox will research your case and look for ways to raise reasonable doubt: did multiple people have access to the money/funds in question? Is there a clear path to one person’s bank account where the funds were unlawfully deposited?
These cases usually are complicated and you need a lawyer who has the expertise to sort through financial documents associated with your case.
There are a number of types of fraud that are considered white-collar crimes. Ms. Knox defends against a range of fraud charges, including:
- Medicare fraud and other forms of health care fraud
- Bank fraud
- Mail and wire fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Securities fraud
Prosecutors have stepped up their efforts to pursue identity theft, or identity fraud, cases. Common forms of identity theft include:
- Mail theft
- False use of credit cards
- Cyber scams and phishing
- Check Forgery
- Criminal identify theft (Posing as another person when apprehended for a crime)
- Impersonation, or identity cloning (Using another person’s information to gain access to parts of their life)
- Medical identify theft (Using another’s identity to obtain medical care or drugs)
- Child identity theft (Claiming rights to a minor for personal gain)
Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, may get involved because identity theft is used to facilitate or fund other crimes, such as illegal immigration and terrorism. A conviction can mean jail time and fines.
It is important to get help early on from an experienced attorney who can work to minimize the negative consequences. Remember, you have the right to seek legal representation during an identity theft investigation, no matter what law enforcement officials tell you. Ms. Knox can represent you during a formal or informal investigation and determine whether it’s possible to resolve the issues before official charges are filed.
Money laundering refers to transactions involving, or transportation of, the proceeds of criminal activity.
These cases may include allegations of purchases, sales, manipulation of accounts and other methods of concealing the source and nature of illegally obtained money. Money laundering charges may stand alone or may be added to charges for other serious white-collar crimes such as Medicare and health care fraud, bank fraud and other types of fraud, as well as embezzlement, tax evasion and public corruption.
The law itself covers a wide area, with the term “proceeds” referring not just to the profits of illegal activity, but also to any property directly or indirectly obtained by committing a crime. This broad scope allows law enforcement officials to file money laundering charges in a wide range of circumstances.
If you are under investigation for or accused of this crime, Ms. Knox can provide a strong defense against these charges. She has earned a reputation for her representation of clients through negotiation and trial.
If you are a politician or a public employee accused of corruption, your reputation and career are at risk.
You need an attorney who will act swiftly, effectively and with discretion. With aggressive care and careful representation, Ms. Knox will work hard to defend you not just in court, but also will defend your career and reputation.
Tax fraud and tax evasion crimes can result in incarceration, fines and other penalties if convicted, so it is vital to choose an attorney such as Ms. Knox who has the expertise to defend you against these crimes. She also will vigorously protect your rights from start to finish.
With regard to tax evasion, a prosecutor will seek to prove criminal liability in situations where a citzen fails to pay taxes, avoids paying taxes, otherwise misleads the government, or structures transactions in a way that conceals the truth, such as keeping a double set of books, destroying records or concealing assets. Other tax fraud laws relate to the willful failure to collect taxes, wage withholding violations and making false returns. Often, prosecutors add conspiracy charges.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was designed to give prosecutors another tool in fighting organized crime, but it is now commonly used to pursue charges against any group of individuals accused of being involved in illegal activities such as money laundering.
RICO gives prosecutors broad authority to file criminal charges against individuals, even those who may not have been directly involved in the commission of a crime. In RICO cases, you also are at risk of being held responsible for the criminal acts of other members of the alleged group or organization. Prosecutors are known to use RICO charges to cast a wide net in hopes of using the charges to convince people to testify against others in exchange for leniency. It is essential to hire a skilled attorney such as Ms. Knox who will fiercely defend you against RICO charges and protect your rights.
Meet Nicole Knox
Ms. Knox has dedicated her career to providing high-quality criminal defense representation to individuals. Her record of results includes a long list of not guilty verdicts, dismissals and other positive outcomes.Learn More