Knowledgeable and Aggressive Representation for White-Collar Crimes
Every day, the news broadcasts a story of an individual charged with what are called “White-collar crimes”. These crimes capture the imagination of the public because they involve large sums of money, lavish lifestyles and the abuse of power and trust by respected people. White collar crimes can be committed by individual actors or by entire businesses. The crimes of Enron, Jeffrey Skilling, Martha Stewart, John and Timothy Rigas, Dennis Kozlowski and Jack Abrahmoff are well known but state and federal prosecutors are charging individuals and companies with a host of financial crimes every day under the public radar. What appear to be a series of small thefts can add up to millions of dollars over the course of years and you could be facing years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. If you have been charged with a white-collar crime, you must seek representation that is familiar with financial crimes and accounting practices.
If you are charged with a federal white-collar crime you will be up against the federal government. They are an adversary with vast resources, talented agents and attorneys and a team of analysts pouring over your financial records. By the time you are charged in federal court, the US Attorney has been examining your financial practices, talking to your colleagues and constructing a court case against you for months, if not years.
If you have been charged with any of the financial crimes listed below, seek representation to build your defense today.
- Identity Theft – being in possession of another person’s identification or financial information, through deceptive methods, for financial gain. 720 ILCS 5/16-30
- Healthcare Fraud– intentionally defrauding any healthcare benefit program or the use of false statements to obtain funds held by a federal healthcare program. 18 UCS §1347
- Wire Fraud – having devised or intending to devise any scheme to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of defrauding a person or entity. 18 USC §1343
- Continuing financial crimes enterprise – knowingly, within an 18-month period, commits 3 or more separate thefts or financial offenses, or, if involving a financial institution, any other felony offenses established under the Code.
- Embezzlement – the theft or misappropriation of funds that have been placed into the care of someone or their employer. 720 ILCS 5/16-1
- Money Laundering – the act of trading or moving money that has been illegally obtained, for the purpose of hiding funds through placement, layering and mixing. 720 ILCS 5/29B-1
In addition to penalties including probation and prison, sentences handed down by courts oftentimes include restitution which requires a person to pay back the money taken, parole or mandatory supervised release, the forfeiture of properties, holding and assets and community service.
Attorney Purav Bhatt has been defending individuals accused of financial crimes in state and federal courts for over a decade. Over that time, he has built a team of investigators, financial analysts and attorneys that have previously worked for the IRS, Department of Treasury and US Attorney’s Office. Call for a free consultation at 773-791-9682 or contact us here to discuss your case.