Though most of us do not think of a well-dressed person sitting behind a desk as a criminal, white-collar crimes are not uncommon in New Jersey. Please continue reading and speak with our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys to learn more about white-collar crimes in NJ and how our legal team can assist you if you’ve been charged with one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is a white-collar crime?
There are several different types of crimes that fall under the blanket term, “white-collar crime,” though they usually involve an individual who is placed in a position of trust or power committing an act of theft. In most cases, white-collar crimes are committed by a person who has access to sensitive information. Some of the most common types of white-collar crimes are as follows:
- Ponzi schemes: A Ponzi scheme occurs when a person or business promises investors a significant return on investment, only to pocket their money and pay them back with other investors’ money. This gives investors the illusion that they are turning a profit. The most famous and recent Ponzi scheme was run by Bernie Madoff.
- Extortion: Extortion is when someone has sensitive information about another person and uses that information to get them to hand over money. Essentially, extortion is blackmailing someone for a payout.
- Embezzlement: Embezzlement is when someone in a position of trust within a company misappropriates company funds for their own financial gain.
- Corporate fraud: Corporate fraud is when a company falsifies certain information to save or make money. Corporate fraud is considered a very serious offense.
- Bankruptcy fraud: Many people use bankruptcy as a tool to help them out of a financial rut. However, it is not meant to be sued to hide or purposefully withhold certain information when filing.
What happens if I am convicted of a white-collar crime?
Generally, most white-collar crimes are considered felonies, which means that there is a very good chance you will face a wide array of severe penalties. Depending on the severity of your charges, you may face any of the following:
- High fines
- Supervised release
- Community confinement
- Home detention
- A criminal record
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