When you think of white collar crimes and kickback schemes, you may picture corporations and successful moguls, but that is a huge misconception. The fact is, these are serious crimes that could affect the average individual.There are many types of illegal schemes and crimes that you could be accused of. You should always be aware of these situations, so that you do not make the mistake of participating in these illegal crimes.
Types of Schemes and Crimes
• Blackmail – This is when you are accused of demanding money or another consideration while threatening to cause bodily harm, to make a false accusation, expose a secret, or injure the property of another person.
• Bank Fraud – If you are charged with bank fraud, you have been accused of purposely defrauding a bank of funds through an illegal act or pattern of activity.
• Credit Card Fraud – Illegally using unauthorized credit cards to obtain goods or services of value.
• Bribery (Kickback Scheme) – When you are charged with offering information, goods, services, or any other items of value, with the intent to influence a person or company’s opinions, actions, or decisions, this is known as bribery. Even if the organization or person does not accept the kickback, you could still be charged.
• Insider Trading – When people or organizations use confidential, inside, or advance information in order to trade in shares of publicly held corporations.
Other schemes and crimes include:
• Investment schemes
• Healthcare fraud
• Identity Theft
• Mail Fraud
• Currency schemes
• Ponzi or pyramid schemes
• Money laundering
• Tax evasion
White collar crime victims will typically fall into two broad categories: 1) voluntary victims, those who may be exploited by those who promise an easy pay off and 2) involuntary victims, who are exploited by transactions that seem professional and economic. White collar crime victims will vary; a victim could be:
• An individual person
• A bank
• A group of individuals
• An organization
• A company
• Federal, state, and local governments
The legal consequences pertaining to a white collar crime will vary, depending on the felony level. However, most felony conviction repercussions are the same, even if the criminal activity differs. If you have been charged with a white collar crime and kickback scheme, you could potentially face charges in federal court, as well as Oklahoma courts. This will depend on the specific facts that are presented to support the allegations. A majority of fraud-related crimes are treated as felonies in federal and state courts.
Exceptional Legal Representation
If you have been charged with a white collar crime or kickback scheme, you will need to obtain legal representation immediately. The long-term effects of these criminal convictions could be debilitating. The law offices of Robert Robles are here to help. Contact us online or by phone at 405-232-7980 for a free consultation.