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White Collar Crimes Archives

Court of appeals rules for defendant in loss calculation case

When defending against federal white collar crime charges, an important aspect of the case is the loss calculation. The potential sentences defendants face often depend on this loss calculation, which considers the amount of financial harm caused by financial or economic crimes.

Pennsylvania man acquitted of some white collar criminal charges

A Pennsylvania man, who was facing multiple charges for white collar crimes, was recently before a federal court in Pennsylvania. The 67-year-old was the former vice president of LeNature Inc., a beverage company based in Western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania man found guilty of bank fraud and identity theft

A federal grand jury has found a 35-year-old Pennsylvania man guilty of bank fraud and identity theft. The man was accused of being at the center of an identity theft conspiracy that may have stolen as much as $1 million.

Convicted Pennsylvania official receives reduced sentence

When a person is convicted of a federal crime, a judge determines the person's sentence based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The guidelines can be quite strict, especially for white collar crimes, and they do not give a sentencing judge much discretion about what type of sentence a defendant should receive.

Pittsburgh employee indicted on federal fraud charges

Many white collar crimes are federal felony offenses that can result in lengthy prison sentences. In criminal cases involving financial crimes, evidence plays a crucial role. Evidence in financial crimes cases, including cases alleging fraud, is usually based on paper trail evidence that follows the flow of money.

16 indicted in alleged Pennsylvania identity theft conspiracy

Over the last few years, federal law enforcement authorities have been focused on financial crimes, including identity theft and credit card fraud. These crimes often involve more than one defendant, and defendants often face additional charges of conspiracy.

Legal challenges to wiretaps in white collar cases

The federal government has recorded thousands of taped phone conversations that they have been using in their case against white collar defendants. However, a federal judge criticized white collar investigators for their often-sloppy wiretap management in the case against Craig Drimal, proving that this type of evidence can pose challenges in the courtroom.

Galleon hedge fund insider trading trial begins this week

Broadly defined, insider trading is trading stocks based on material, non-public information. Insider trading is both a crime and a civil offense and the Securities and Exchange Commission can elect to enforce the insider trading laws by seeking fines as well as prison time. Insider trading, like most white collar crimes, is a felony that carries the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence.

Former airline sales agent pleads guilty to wire fraud

The crime of wire fraud is very similar to the crime of mail fraud. Broadly defined, wire fraud includes creating a scheme to defraud another person through a lie or misrepresentation that involves the use of interstate wires. The concept of interstate wires is broad enough to include actions on the internet and actions involving the use of credit cards.

Dozens charged for alleged credit card fraud

Some 24 people are currently facing white collar charges that carry the potential of decades of prison time, including second degree grand larceny and possession of forged instruments. The charges stem from the activities of an alleged credit card theft ring, in which thousands of credit card numbers and their related details were stolen from individuals across the country.

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