Nevada and the Federal government are aggressively pursuing charges for individuals who have been accused of any type of fraud related crime. This is especially true when the crime involves the financial and health care industry.
White collar crime typically involves allegations of fraud or theft by a person during the course of their employment or when they are in a position of trust. The following are examples of white collar crime and fraud:
- Identity Theft
- Money Laundering
- Credit Card Fraud
- Wire and Mail Fraud
- Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)
- Conspiracy to commit RICO
- Mortgage Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Computer Crimes
There are many professionals that can be accused of white collar crime. You don’t have to work for a huge corporation like Enron for the government to come after you for violating the above list of white collar crime offenses. Many professionals like small business owners, accountants, doctors, real estate agents and other professionals have come under white collar fraud accusations.
Las Vegas White Collar Crime Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of fraud, it is imperative to hire an experienced Las Vegas criminal fraud attorney who will do what is required to make sure these charges are resolved in a professional manner. Call the Law Office of Joel M. Mann at (702) 474-6266 to speak with an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney.
Common White Collar Crimes
Investment and Securities Fraud
- Under Nevada law, investment and securities fraud is defined as a deception deliberately made in order to secure an unfair advantage in violation with federal and state trading and securities laws.
- Identify theft is a term used to talk about a number of fraudulent transactions. Under Nevada law, the crime of identity theft includes:
- Possession or sale of documents or personal identifying information to establish false status or identity.
- Obtaining and using personal information of another person in order to harm that person or assume that person’s identity.
- Using a person’s identifying information for any unlawful purpose.
- Mortgage fraud is a very general term but can be related to anyone who purposely falsify or hides information given to a bank or company in order to obtain a fraudulent mortgage.
- The United States Attorney for Nevada has been aggressively prosecuting those individuals who are committing mortgage fraud., A person can be charged with mortgage fraud if they had any part, no matter how small, in falsifying documentation that would induce a bank to grant a mortgage.
- Many people involved in the real estate industry can expose themselves to being charged with mortgage fraud. From the real estate agent who is involved in the purchase of the house, to the person who conducts the inspection of the property, to the people who fill out the mortgage application.
False Billing and Healthcare Fraud
- False Billing and up charging is a problem in some industries, but false billing is especially prevalent in the health care industry when it comes to billing the government for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. If you are in a small medical practice or you deal with medical insurance then you need to be careful to put in the correct billing codes. In most cases, false billing is a strict liability offense that can result in huge fines.
Penalties for White Collar Crime
In most cases, white collar crimes are Category B or Category C felonies. As a result of these felony charges, you can face imprisonment from 1 to 20 years and get fines of up to $100,000 not including restitution, attorneys’ fees and the costs to repair the credit history or ratings that can be destroyed if you are charged with identity theft.
There is a misconception that people accused of white collar felonies get light sentences. The truth is that in the wake of recent financial scandals and fraud the state of Nevada and the Federal government is prosecuting white collar crime to the fullest extent of the law. If you have multiple counts or violations the fines and prison terms can be staggering.
A felony conviction will stay on your permanent record for a long time making it difficult for you to get desired employment or even rent a home in Nevada. If you are accused of white collar crimes, you need to take the charges very seriously.
Nevada Department of Taxation
1550 College Parkway
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Las Vegas Phone: (702) 486-2300 | Fax: (702) 486-2373
Henderson Phone: (702) 486-2300 | Fax: (702) 486-3377
- United States Department of Justice – Homepage for the Department of Justice, the Federal Agency that prosecutes crime (including white collar crimes).
- Securities and Exchange Commission – Homepage of the SEC, the Federal Agency that protects investors in the securities (stocks and bonds) market.
- FBI White Collar Crime Page – Information on what white collar crime is, how to recognize and prevent it, and how it is investigated.
Nevada White Collar Crime Defense Attorney Joel M. Mann
Fraud is a criminal act, and if found guilty, a person can be sentenced to several years in prison. The state and federal government have extensive resources and organizations dedicated to obtaining information to use against you. You need a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada who will aggressively fight for you and challenge the evidence against you. Depending on the case, the Law Office of Joel M. Mann can help clients to get their charges reduced or even dropped altogether.
Don’t wait until it is too late. Contact an attorney who has experience in this area of law to receive legal counseling. Your freedom may depend on it.