Mail and wire fraud are both crimes that have been in existence for many years, but the advent of the Internet has only made the opportunities to be charged with these offenses more likely given the access to information that’s more available now than ever before. These crimes are prosecuted in federal court and often require precharging investigation, creating the need to build an immediate and strong defense.
White Collar Cases
Many people mistakenly believe that being convicted of what’s traditionally known as a ‘white collar
’ crime is not serious relative to the penalties faced for a conviction on a ‘violent crime’ charge. Nothing could be further from the truth, and operating under this assumption is a mistake that could cost a defendant his or her freedom for many years.
If you have a professional license in danger of suspension or revocation, you need a lawyer who will protect your rights and your livelihood. The term “white collar crime” gives many different people many different impressions. That’s likely because so many different acts could be classified as white collar crime. The number of charges that can fall into this category has continued to grow given the advent of the Internet and other forms of technology, but there is also a misconception in existence regarding these crimes – that being convicted of one is not as serious as a conviction for a violent crime.
Below is information regarding white collar crimes that are typically federal in nature as well as examples of specific state laws in Texas that deal with these issues. You’ll also find what you should do if you face this difficult legal situation.
- Bank fraud
- Mail and wire fraud
- Securities fraud
- Financial fraud
- Honest services fraud
- Internet and computer crimes
- Mortgage fraud
- Medicare/Medicaid fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Real estate fraud
- Tax fraud
- RICO violations
- Accounting fraud
- Obstructing justice
- False statements
- Health care fraud
- Books and records reporting violations
- Money laundering
Any or all of these crimes can be charged as felonies, and each of them carries the potential for a significant term of incarceration in a federal penitentiary
The Texas fraud statute deals with several different forms of conduct, including dealing in stolen checks, credit card fraud, issuing bad checks, commercial bribery, deceptive business practices and forgery, among others.
Computer crimes are becoming more prevalent every day, and Texas law provides for prosecution and punishment upon a conviction for such acts as breach of a computer’s security, online solicitation of a minor, and tampering with an electronic voting machine.
Telecommunication crimes can include actions performed with a cell phone or any other device of that kind. Crimes on the books in Texas that constitute telecommunications crimes include unauthorized use of a telecommunications service, manufacture, possession or delivery of an unlawful telecommunications device, theft of telecommunications service, and publication of a telecommunications access device.
Money laundering is often prosecuted on the federal level, but if it occurs within the borders of Texas it can also be prosecuted on the state level. If the amount of money laundered exceeds $200,000.00, the convicted defendant would face sanctions associated with a first degree felony.
Insurance fraud deals with a defendant who allegedly acted in a way that he or she intended to obtain money from insurance companies wrongfully. Conduct that could be considered insurance fraud includes filing a false claim, failing to disclose material facts for an investigation, and other actions. If the fraud committed constitutes a value of more than $200,000.00, the convicted defendant would face the punishment commensurate with a first degree felony.
Bribery and Corrupt Influence
This chapter in the Texas statutes deals with several different acts, including bribery, coercion of a public servant or voter, improper influence, tampering with a witness, obstruction or retaliation, and offering a gift to a public servant.