White Collar Crime
White Collar Crime in Las Vegas, Nevada- Legal Definitions and Sentencing
White collar crime is a name for crimes involving businesses, fraud, or forgery by people in positions of trust. These are different from violent crimes because they do not usually involve physical confrontation or violence.
Still, the state and federal government are very active in pursuing white collar crime convictions. These crimes are usually felony offenses which can destroy your ability to get employment in the future, in addition to carrying long prison sentences, expenses fines, and restitution to victims.
If you have been arrested for a white collar crime in Nevada, contact LV Criminal Defense to begin defending you as soon as possible.
What is white collar crime?
White collar crime can be any of a number of Nevada crimes, such as:
- Identity Theft
- Money Laundering
- Bank Fraud
- Wire and Mail Fraud
- Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)
- Conspiracy to commit RICO
- Mortgage Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Computer Crimes
- Investment and Securities Fraud and
- False Billing and Healthcare Fraud
These crimes are considered “white collar” because they may be associated with an organized business enterprise and a person who misuses his or her position of trust.
Summary of White Collar Crimes in Nevada
Most white collar crimes are felony offenses under state and federal law.
Any person who (1) passes or attempts to pass, as true and genuine, a false instrument, (2) knowing it to be false, (3) with intent to defraud another person, is guilty of forgery in Nevada. Falsely using another person’s signature is a common example of forgery.
Identity theft uses personal, identifying information of another to access their money or property.
Embezzlement is a common white collar crime in which a person who is entrusted to hold money or property abuses the trust and steals the money or property from its rightful owner.
A person can be convicted of money laundering if he or she uses financial transactions to conceal the unlawful source of money.
Intentionally defrauding a bank to gain access or control over the bank’s money or property is punishable under state and federal law.
Wire and Mail Fraud
Wire and mail fraud charges are often brought along with charges for other white collar crimes because fraudulent schemes usually rely on electronic communications or the mail.
Bribery involves improper influence of an employee without the knowledge of his or her boss, of a public official, a judge, juror, or witness in a court case, or athletes and referees in sporting events.
RICO and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering
Racketeering charges are brought when a person commits at least two crimes in furtherance of a criminal enterprise. Even agreeing to commit two or more crimes can result in charges for conspiracy to commit racketeering.
An agreement between two people to commit a crime, even if they did not take any step to complete the crimes, is a conspiracy in Nevada.
Mortgage fraud is prevalent in Nevada and brings long jail times and high fines. Any false statement or activity that causes a lender to provide a mortgage constitutes mortgage fraud. False appraisals or schemes pretending to modify mortgages for distressed homeowners can also result in a mortgage fraud conviction.
Health Care Fraud
Health care fraud is punishable under state and federal laws, which may require jail time, penalties, and restitution. Using any false statements to obtain health care insurance or engaging in a scheme to overcharge an insurance company for services can result in a health care fraud conviction.
Health care fraud is a complex crime that involves significant amounts of evidence gathered over time. Understand how a qualified Las Vegas defense lawyer will represent you in a health care fraud case.
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