White Collar Crime, Fraud, Embezzlement

What is a “White-Collar Crime?”

White-Collar Crime is a nonviolent crime committed for financial gain, such as public corruption, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, identity theft, securities fraud.

Here are common white-collar crime offenses:

  • Occurs when a person uses illegal means to receive money or assets from a bank or other financial institution; or attempts to obtain money from a bank’s depositors by falsely pretending to be a bank or financial institution.

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Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.

 

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Embezzlement occurs when a person who was entrusted to manage someone’s money or property, steals or converts to their own use some or all of the principal’s money or property for personal gain without the consent of the principal. The most common circumstance for an embezzlement charge involves an employee allegedly taking money or property that belongs to their employer.

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  • Occurs when an individual, a group of people, or a company knowingly mis-represents or mis-states something about the type, the scope, or the nature of the medical treatment or service provided, in a manner that could result in unauthorized payments being made. Examples of health care fraud include:
    • Billing for services not rendered or goods not provided;
    • Falsifying certificates of medical necessity and billing for services not medically necessary;
    • Billing separately for services that should be included in single service fees;
    • Falsifying plans of treatment or medical records to justify payments;
    • Misrepresenting diagnoses or procedures to maximize payments;
    • Misrepresenting charges or entitlements to payments in cost reports; and
    • Soliciting “kickbacks” for the provision of various services or goods

 

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Knowingly transferring or using the identification of another person without lawful authority with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable state or local law.

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When someone provides false information to an insurance company in order to gain something of value that he or she would not have received if the truth had been told, they’ve committed insurance fraud, a felony.

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Mail or wire communications, including email, that intentionally defrauds another person of money or property by means of a material deception.

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Postal Service employees’ misuse of Postal Service computers, destruction or theft of Postal Service property, falsification of official documents and forgery, theft of funds, abuse of authority, sabotage of operations, narcotics use or sale of drugs while on duty, and alcohol abuse.

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Securities fraud is a federal crime and includes a wide range of illegal activities, all of which involve the deception of investors or the manipulation of financial markets. This may include: high yield investment fraud, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, advanced fee schemes, foreign currency fraud, broker embezzlement, hedge fund-related fraud and late-day trading

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Any person who willfully evades or defeats any tax imposed by the IRS, makes a false statement in a return or payment, or files a false claim for credit or refund, either in whole or in part.

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The Whistleblowers’ Protection Act protects employees who report a violation or suspected violation of state, local, or federal law; to provide protection to employees who participate in hearings, investigations, legislative inquiries, or court actions; and to prescribe remedies and penalties. It is illegal for employers in Michigan to discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against you regarding your compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges of employment because you or a person acting on your behalf reports or is about to report a violation or a suspected violation of federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations to a public body. It is illegal for employers in Michigan to discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against you regarding your compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges of employment because you take part in a public hearing, investigation, inquiry or court action.

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Are You Under Investigation?

Most white collar criminal charges are based on extensive investigations. People often are aware that they are, or that they may be, the subject of an investigation for some time before they are charged. As soon as you learn about an investigation that could affect you, you should secure the representation of a criminal defense attorney who understands how to effectively counter criminal charges. Acting as soon as possible gives your attorney the most time to build a strong defense, including the possibility of avoiding charges or an indictment.

Our firm delivers the skilled criminal defense representation people need when they are facing charges for, amongst other things:

  • Embezzlement
  • Securities fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Government fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Insurance fraud

Are You Facing Federal Charges?

When facing federal charges, it is imperative that you work with a criminal defense attorney who has a record of success against fraud and federal criminal indictment. Our criminal defense attorneys have built a reputation throughout Michigan and across the country for successfully defending their clients against the most complex and challenging charges. That reputation is known by other attorneys and judges throughout the legal community.

A Reputation For Delivering A Skilled Defense Of Our Clients

At Levine & Levine, our firm has been helping people combat white collar criminal charges in Kalamazoo, throughout Michigan and nationwide since 1987. Our criminal defense attorneys, Randall LevineAnastase Markou and Sarissa Montague, are recognized for the quality defense they provide. Their skill has helped our firm earn an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-review rating service, the highest rating available. Attorney Levine and attorney Markou have both been named among the top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan and Super Lawyers. Attorney Levine has further been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. Attorney Markou and attorney Levine are recognized as Super Lawyers for their achievements in the defense of the accused.

Defense Against White Collar Crimes Charges In Michigan

Do not waste valuable time if you have been charged with or may be charged with a white collar crime. Act now to begin building the strongest defense. Levine & Levine will defend your rights, and protect your career and future. To schedule an initial consultation, call 800-214-1213 or contact us online.

Randall S. Levine
Randall S. Levine
Anastase Markou
Anastase Markou
Sarissa Montague
Sarissa K. Montague

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Randall S. Levine
Randall S. Levine
Sharan Lee Levine
Sharan Lee Levine
Anastase Markou
Anastase Markou
Sarissa Montague
Sarissa Montague

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