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Understanding the different types of fraud

A previous post highlighted a specific white-collar crime. Embezzlement, which is considered a theft crime, can carry with it serious penalties. Fraud is another type of white-collar crime, and it can come in many forms, occurring in a wide variety of situations. If you have been accused of fraud, it is important to take the matter seriously, determining your options when it comes to asserting a defense.

What are the elements of an embezzlement charge?

When individuals in Virginia and elsewhere think about financial crimes, they likely think about the theft of money through a robbery or fraud. They might also think about the accused offender seizing the money from a stranger. While these types of crimes do occur and carry with them serious penalties, some financial crimes stem from a person's employment. Embezzlement charges stem from an employee's supposed theft or larceny of assets he or she is in the position of trust or responsibility over the said assets.

The severe consequences associated with credit card fraud

Crimes involving money are considered to be serious. In fact, depending on the type of crime, those accused of such a crime could face harsh penalties that include fines and even jail time. Because most individuals in Virginia have at least one credit card, cardholders are often concerned that their identity could be stolen and much debt could be accrued because of credit card theft. Being accused of this financial crime could mean serious consequences and a tarnished reputation; thus, it is important to understand the available defense against such an allegation.

What is the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance?

We all do things to save money. Whether it is by clipping coupons, budgeting or shopping sales, saving money is essential in all aspects in life. But there are certain areas where one is unable to save much money. Because we must all pay taxes, the only way to legally reduce this obligation is through deductions and tax credits. Unfortunately, taxes must be paid, even if money is tight. The failure to pay taxes could result in a tax evasion charge.

West Palm man posing as a doctor charged in Virginia

As a previous post highlighted, white-collar crimes can be serious charges, resulting in a defendant's personal and professional reputation being damaged even if the accused is not convicted. Financial crimes have a tendency of remaining in a person's background, thereby causing it to be difficult to overcome a past charge. Thus, it is important that those accused of a white-collar crime understand what they can do to limit the impact these allegations could have.

How are white-collar crimes defined?

While crimes are committed for a wide variety of reasons, many are motivated for financial gains. Individuals in Virginia and elsewhere might face accusations for a serious financial crime, causing them to be charged with a white-collar crime. But this type of crime is different from violent crimes, and it is important that defendants understand what they are being accused of and what potential penalties he or she could face.

Helping you defend against a white collar crime allegation

Being accused of a crime can be a very emotional and mentally challenging situation. It can be difficult to process what is going on, and defendants often fear the unknown. In some matters, mere allegations can be enough to compromise the accused's personal and reputation. This is especially true if a person is facing a while collar crime that stemmed from his or her place of employment.

When do mere accounting errors rise to the level of embezzlement?

Unfortunately, when taking care of another's financial accounts in Fairfax, despite one's best efforts, innocent mistakes can be made. After all, "to err is human." Unfortunately, sometimes a person in such situations is accused of embezzlement, a very serious white collar crime.

Arrests made in alleged Ponzi scheme involving ticket reselling

Certain allegations of criminal activity and a subsequent arrest in Virginia and across the country will elicit an immediate reaction from the media and the public. Others, however, are perceived as less severe because they might not involve violence or an individual victim. These are frequently white collar crimes stemming from a federal investigation. In recent years, the term "Ponzi scheme" has been more recognizable. There are a variety of ways in which a Ponzi scheme can be committed. Those who are alleged as having taken part must make certain that they craft a legal defense immediately.

Laws and penalties for false representation as a military member

Virginia has a large number of military members and veterans as residents. With that comes certain rights and privileges. Unfortunately, there are times when a person might be accused of violating the law by claiming to be a member or former member of the military. It is against the law for a person to represent him or herself as a member of the military or to have the rights and privileges that accompany that. For those who have been confronted with allegations of having military status, it can lead to an arrest with its penalties for a conviction.

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