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White Collar Crimes Archives

Fraud allegations lead to investigation of roofing company

Individuals and business owners in Florida who learn that they are being investigated might be unsure of how to proceed without jeopardizing their rights. A judgment error or being misled by another person might lead to allegations of fraud. The circumstances could even involve false accusations, and the investigation might lead to an arrest. For this reason, criminal defense counsel from the outset is crucial.

White collar crimes: What are they?

Many types of crimes that aim to bring financial gain, and are based on deceit, fall into this category. White collar crimes charges can involve federal or state laws, and investigations are often lengthy because of the significant numbers of paper trails that must be traced. In Florida and elsewhere, these crimes can include anything from tax evasion or insurance fraud to complicated insider trading, securities fraud and Ponzi schemes.

Google and Facebook lose millions -- wire fraud charges follow

Readers in Florida who thought scams threaten only the uninformed might be surprised to learn that even companies like Facebook and Google can be deceived by scammers -- from anywhere in the world. A man from a Baltic state was recently indicted on wire fraud charges in federal court. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the internet giants and other tech companies out of more than $100 million.

Insurance fraud charges in the aftermath of 2017 hurricanes

Following the devastation of the 2017 hurricanes Maria and Irma, the owner of a Florida construction company worked as a subcontractor hired by a federal relief program to repair damaged homes. Following an investigation, the woman is now facing federal insurance fraud charges for allegedly submitting fraudulent invoices to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At her indictment, it was alleged that the phony invoices totaled $840,000.

Wire fraud charges filed against defamed ultramarathon runner

A 46-year-old man who reportedly moved from another state to Florida last year was recently arrested. His arrest arose from an investigation into alleged white-collar crimes committed from 2014 through 2018. The man was charged with multiple felonies, including theft and wire fraud.

White collar crimes: What makes money laundering illegal?

For Florida residents to avoid being pulled into money laundering schemes, they need to understand its concept. Money laundering activities are white collar crimes that involve moving criminally derived funds through financial institutions or other businesses to hide their origins. The people involved then reclaim the money, which is now clean because it has been laundered. These acts are criminalized to stop people profiting from them.

White collar crimes: Beware of unsolicited emails and job offers

Being tricked into becoming a money launderer can happen to anyone in Florida. An unsuspicious person could agree to the tricks of scammers without realizing that they are committing white collar crimes. Money mules are typically conned into processing money that was illegally obtained through legitimate sources to prevent law enforcement linking it to crimes.

Two nuns accused of embezzlement to fund gambling

When times are tough, some people in Florida and elsewhere might succumb to the temptation to take funds from their employers with the intention of putting it back when times improve. However, in some embezzlement cases, it is not so easy to explain the motivation. People in Florida might be interested in a case in which two nuns in another state face criminal charges for allegedly misappropriating funds of a Catholic school to finance their gambling habits.

Elementary school principle accused of insurance fraud

Sometimes, personal hardships move people to commit white-collar crimes that they would not even have considered if times were not so tough and their survival was not challenged. Such circumstances might have led to the insurance fraud committed by an elementary school principal in Florida. The chief financial officer of Florida says the man filed false claims with State Farm Insurance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma that hit Florida in 2017.

White-collar crimes: Exploitation of the elderly leads to arrest

A 35-year-old bank employee in Florida was recently arrested in Lee County near Fort Myers. The man faces multiple felony charges for alleged white-collar crimes. The arrest followed an investigation into the disappearance of almost $900,000 from the accounts of an elderly couple in Highlands Beach.

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