White Collar Crimes
Lawrenceville White-Collar Crimes Attorney
A Reputable and Knowledgeable Defense Lawyer with 30 Years of Experience
In most cases, white collar crimes are more complicated than other crimes. Most white-collar crime cases involve technology and complicated business and financial knowledge. If you have been charged with a white-collar crime, you need to work with a lawyer who has experience and knowledge in the white-collar crimes defense area.
Stacy Levy Law provides a strong defense against white collar crimes and a range of other criminal charges for clients throughout Georgia. Attorney Stacy Levy has nearly 30 years of legal experience focused exclusively on defense matters. In the area of white-collar crimes, she takes a sophisticated, detail-oriented approach to gathering evidence and obtaining results for her clients. With Stacy Levy Law, your case is in good hands.
What Is a White-Collar Crime?
A white-collar crime is a type of theft crime that is more sophisticated than the usual smash-and-grab job. It usually involves computer technology and fraud of some kind. Many white-collar crimes are perpetrated on the corporate level, such as through mismanagement of funds or misrepresentation to shareholders.
Attorney Stacy Levy can defend you against a range of white-collar crimes, including:
- Fraud: There are many forms of fraud, including insurance fraud, investor fraud, real estate fraud, medical fraud, and corporate fraud, to name a few.
- Embezzlement: Embezzlement is the misappropriation of funds from an employer. Distinct from simple theft with the employer as the victim, embezzlement involves assets that the employer entrusted to the accused.
- Money laundering: Laundering money involves moving assets through different sources to hide the origin of the assets and ultimately to steal the assets.
- Ponzi schemes: A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves using the funds of newer investors to cover the cost of earlier investors.
Like any theft crime charge, white collar crimes carry serious penalties, including fines and jail time. An experienced attorney can get you out of your legal mess and protect your rights in the process.
As discussed above, embezzlement is the theft of money or property by a person in a position of trust or responsibility for those assets. Embezzlement is often associated with individuals in a fiduciary relationship, such as accountants, bankers, legal guardians, employees.
A person commits embezzlement when they:
- lawfully obtain another person's funds or property under an agreement or other legal obligation for the specific application or use of such property; and
- knowingly convert the funds or property for their own use in violation of the aforementioned agreement.
The penalties for embezzlement will depend on the value or type of property:
- $500 or less – 1-year jail sentence and/or a $1,000 fine
- $500-$1,000 – prison sentence of 1-10 years
- Public money or property in breach of fiduciary duty – $100,000 fine and/or 1-15 years in prison
- Motor vehicle parts worth $100 – 1-10 years in prison (20 years for subsequent offenses)
- Commercial transporting of cargo in vehicles – $50,000 in fines and/or up to 10 years in prison
- Firearms or explosives – 1-10 years in prison
- Un-harvested commercial agriculture products – minimum fine of $500
If the embezzlement involved property or money belonging to a person 65 years or older, a judge may order harsher penalties than the above, based on the value stolen.
Money laundering is another white-collar crime we defend clients against. Money laundering is when someone attempts to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds derived from unlawful activity. For example, it is a crime of money laundering if a drug dealer funnels their drug sales gains into a legal ridesharing service. Note that because these crimes often cross state lines, they are typically prosecuted by the U. S. Justice Department under federal law.
There are several federal statutes addressing money laundering, including:
- Georgia Banking and Finance Code Section §7-1-912 (financial institutions)
- 18 U.S.C. §1956 (laundering of monetary instruments)
- 18 U.S.C. §1957 (engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity)
- 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961–1968 (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization, or RICO)
A violation of §1956 is a federal felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, fines, and restitution to the victims. A violation of §1957 is a federal felony punishable by 10 years in prison, fines, and restitution.
Money laundering charges can become complicated, so it is best to consult an experienced attorney for legal guidance on what exactly you are being accused of and what potential penalties you face (and may fight).
Charged with a White-Collar Crime? Call (770) 545-6955.
The above are only a few examples of the white-collar crimes we handle at Stacy Levy Law. If you have been accused of committing a financial crime, from fraud to embezzlement to money laundering, Attorney Stacy Levy can strategize an effective defense for you. She has a great reputation in the local Lawrenceville community and strong relationships within the legal community. Enlist the help of an attorney focused exclusively on defense work.
Schedule a free consultation online or at (770) 545-6955 to get started.
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