A white-collar crime in Virginia occurs when the primary motivation is to gain financially. Most people commonly think of a white-collar crime as being committed by individuals who hold rank, position, or power, however, these types of crimes are often found in everyday businesses or corporations, are non-violent, and may involve individuals who seem the least likely to break the law.
Common Virginia white-collar crimes include bank fraud, blackmail, cell phone fraud, counterfeiting, currency schemes, extortion, investment schemes, kickbacks, bankruptcy fraud, telemarketing fraud, welfare fraud, weights and measures, antitrust violations, computer crimes, copyright infringement, insider trading, securities fraud, odometer fraud, police impersonation, check kiting, bribery, credit card theft, identity theft, embezzlement, forgery, money laundering, tax evasion & tax fraud.
At Williams Stone Carpenter Buczek, PC, we defend individuals throughout Northern Virginia with white-collar crime charges. If you are under investigation or being suspected, or have been arrested for the involvement of any one of these crimes, our attorneys can help.
Following are some of these different types of white-collar crimes explained in further detail.
Bribery is a white-collar crime in Virginia. A bribe is most easily explained as the giving of something of value with corrupt intent, in exchange for some sort of act or influence. This behavior is illegal, and under federal law, bribery imposes criminal liability on both the giver and receiver of the bribe. To be charged with bribery in Virginia, there has to be the giving or receiving of something of value. This includes cash or any other item that holds value. Dependent upon the value of the item given, penalties for bribery can be severe. As Section 201 states, an individual who gives or receives a bribe will be fined under this title of not more than 3x the monetary equivalent of the item of value, whichever is greater or imprisoned for not more than fifteen years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit in the United States.
Credit Card Theft or Identity Theft
In Virginia, credit card theft or identity theft is fraud and is a serious crime. This type of theft includes using lost or stolen credit cards and/or creating or using fake credit cards. Credit card theft also includes intercepting someone else’s credit card via mail. Each state has its own laws regarding credit card theft and the charges and penalties associated with this crime. It can be a few days in jail in one place, or several years in prison in another, dependent of course on the severity of the crime. Fines can be as high as $10,000 in credit card fraud penalty fees. In Virginia, prison, fines & penalties all apply. According to Virginia law, if the value of $200 is not exceeded within six months, the crime is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. However, if the expenses and purchased goods through the stolen credit card exceed $200 within six months, then the crime is considered a Class 6 felony.
At Williams Stone Carpenter Buczek, PC, we defend clients accused of identity theft or credit card theft. If you are facing charges for credit card fraud, you need to contact us today. Our attorneys will work to get these charges reduced or dismissed.
Embezzlement is considered property theft and happens when an individual who is managing or monitoring someone else’s money or property, steals all or part of it for personal gain. Simply taking money or property from someone is stealing, but when you violate a position of trust, including within an organization or place of business, it is embezzlement.
Under Virginia law, the punishment for embezzlement is according to the value of the property stolen. If it’s less than $200, there is a fine of up to $2500 or up to a year in jail or both. If the value is $200 or more, it may include the same fine and jail time as above, or a judge may sentence you to at least one year, but up to 20 years in prison.
Forgery is a crime where an individual is alleged to have falsified something in order to deceive another person or person(s). This includes forging checks, falsifying signatures on important documents, or altering or removing existing writing or signatures in an attempt to defraud another. If convicted of forgery in Virginia, you are facing possible prison time as it is considered a felony. Forgery is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and large fines. You may also be ordered to pay restitution.
Any criminal conviction will affect you, but a forgery conviction could possibly hurt you for the remainder of your life. Jail time is one thing, but after you’re released, you will need to overcome a forgery conviction on your background checks, employment checks, and more. It can also make going back to school more difficult as the ability to obtain financial aid with this type of criminal conviction will be more difficult. Your reputation and future are on the line. If you’ve been charged with forgery in Northern Virginia, call our lawyers to discuss your options.
Money laundering involves the process of disguising or concealing illegally obtained money so that the government cannot seize or tax. Money laundering is commonly associated with terrorists or drug dealers, but there are more types of money laundering including business fraud, mortgage fraud, real estate fraud, illegal wire transfers, health care fraud & insurance fraud. Different methods of money laundering include structuring deposits or “smurfing”, utilizing overseas banks or offshore accounts, underground or alternative banking, shell companies & the general investment of the money into a legitimate business such as a brokerage firm or casino in an attempt to clean it. If you are charged and eventually convicted of money laundering in Virginia, you are facing a Class 1 misdemeanor, which for a first offense is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $2500 for each count. If this is a second or third offense (or more), you are likely facing up to 5 years in prison. If you have been charged with money laundering in Northern Virginia, call Williams Stone Carpenter Buczek, PC today to discuss your situation & learn your options.
Tax Fraud & Tax Evasion
You can be charged with tax fraud or tax evasion in Virginia for a variety of reasons. Common instances include falsifying income, hiding income, failing to keep tax returns or other records, laundering money to disguise criminal activity & working with cash only to avoid taxes. If convicted of tax fraud or tax evasion in Virginia, you are likely facing heavy fines & a criminal record which will undoubtedly affect future employment or educational opportunities. Don’t underestimate a charge of tax fraud or evasion.
Contact WSCB Attorneys Today
When charged with a white-collar crime, it is best you consult with an attorney who understands Virginia law. At Williams Stone Carpenter Buczek, PC, we are recognized for the level of superior legal services we provide in all criminal law matters. We take an assertive & compassionate approach to working with clients & address the immediate and long-term issues that you might be facing. If you have been charged with a white-collar crime in Northern Virginia, call or email us today.