Federal Crime:
White Collar Charges

FEDERAL CRIMINAL WHITE COLLAR

If you are being charged with a white collar crime you need an attorney who will understand your situation and fight hard to defend your rights.

At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we focus on representing clients facing federal white collar crime charges. Our knowledge and experience in the area provides us with a unique understanding of both white collar defense demands and what is at stake for individuals and organizations.

Founding Member, Steven Jumes is a former criminal prosecutor with federal trial experience in wire fraud, healthcare fraud, and asset forfeiture cases. He has helped many people facing white collar investigations and prosecutions, and understands which tactics are effective and what strategies can achieve results.

If you need a lawyer, or even just think that you might need a lawyer, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. Call (817) 934-6636 or click here to get started.

Defending Against White Collar Criminal Charges

Bank Fraud

Bank fraud is defined by federal law as knowingly executing, or attempting to execute, a scheme or artifice to defraud a financial institution, or to obtain any of the moneys, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property owned by, or under the custody or control of, a financial institution, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises.
Examples of bank fraud include: check kiting, forging signatures on financial instruments, altering checks, and using identity theft to obtain a loan or credit. Potential penalties can include up to a $1 million fine and up to 30 years in prison. Bank Fraud is typically prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 1344.

Embezzlement

This white collar offense involves the act of obtaining funds from a federally-insured financial institution through improper means, including through the misapplication of bank funds. Typically, this charge involves an officer or employee of a financial institution willfully embezzling or misapplying funds. This type of Embezzlement is typically prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 656.

Forgery

This white collar crime involves falsifying a document with the intent to defraud an individual, financial institution, the federal government, or a private corporation. This can include forgery of a signature as well as falsification or alteration of other information on a legal document or financial instrument. Penalties can include substantial fines and up to 20 years in federal prison.

Health Care Fraud (including Medicare Fraud)

This white collar crime includes using a variety of improper means to obtain funds from private insurance companies or from federal health care benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare. A number of different statutes may be used by federal authorities in these cases – so you need a highly qualified white crimes defense attorney on your side. This is typically prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 1347.

Mail and Wire Fraud

These are actually two related federal crimes that are commonly charged in conjunction with other white collar offenses. Both offenses are punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines of $250,000 (for individuals) or $500,000 (for business entities), with these penalties applying to each individual instance of fraud. Mail and Wire Fraud are typically prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 1341 and 1343.

Money Laundering

This white collar crime involves the act of using one or more financial transactions to obscure the source or destination of illegally-obtained funds. Similar to mail fraud and wire fraud, federal prosecutors will often file money laundering charges along with charges for other substantive white collar offenses. Money Laundering is typically prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 1956 and 1957.

Mortgage Fraud

This white collar crime involves supplying false information or fraudulent records in order to secure a loan for the purchase of real property. There are several forms of mortgage fraud that can lead to charges, including income fraud, appraisal fraud and fraudulent disclosure. All carry the potential for severe, life-changing penalties.

Securities Fraud

This white collar crime is a broad term for a wide range of violations of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations and federal securities laws. Typically, securities fraud involves brokers, advisors and/or financial firms suspected of defrauding investors through such activities as selling unregistered investment products, account churning, providing unsuitable investment advice, and misappropriating portfolio assets.

Tax Evasion

This white collar crime can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines (in addition to liability for back taxes and associated penalties) and up to five years of federal incarceration for each prosecutable offense. Tax Evasion offenses are prosecuted under 26 U.S.C. § 7201 – 7275.

Things to Consider when Hiring a White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney

Some questions that you will want answers to include:

  • Does the firm’s defense attorney for white collar crimes have experience as a federal prosecutor?
  • What is the firm’s record defending these types of cases?
  • Is the defense attorney for white collar crimes easily accessible? Also, does he or she offer a free consultation where they are able to answer your questions and display good knowledge of the subject area?

At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we answer all of these questions affirmatively. We bring extensive experience in both prosecuting and defending white collar criminal charges on the federal level. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will do whatever we can to ensure a positive resolution to your case. You can count on us using our extensive federal experience to develop an intelligent, comprehensive case strategy for you – a strategy that is focused on presenting the strongest possible defense to the facts of the case.

At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we offer experienced representation and a track record of proven results. To learn much more about what we can do for you, please call (817) 934-6636 or click here to schedule a free consultation.

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