FBI Cracks Down on White Collar Crimes and Corporate Fraud
Over the last five years or so, the FBI has been making an aggressive stand against white collar criminals and those involved in corporate fraud. In fact the White-Collar Crime Program (WCCP) and the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) list corporate fraud as one of their top priorities. Although not every white collar crime case becomes a federal case, such crimes can be tried at either the state or federal level depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
Last year alone, corporate fraud cases pursued by the FBI resulted in 242 indictments and 241 corporate criminal convictions. From these cases, the FBI secured $2.4 billion dollars in restitution orders and over $16 million in fines against white collar criminals. Hundreds of other corporate fraud cases are currently pending plea agreements or trial. These totals do not even take into consideration the indictments, convictions and fines levied against those convicted in other while collar crimes such as public corruption, securities fraud (including Ponzi schemes), health care fraud, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, and mass market fraud.
If you or a loved one is under investigation for white collar crimes in the Murrieta area, you need a criminal defense lawyer who has experience successfully representing white collar crimes both at the state and federal level. In cases such as this, we recommend you consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis & Associates as soon as possible. Our attorneys will be able to thoroughly review your case, help you determine the best course of action to pursue, and provide you with the aggressive representation you rightfully deserve. We serve clients in Murrieta and surrounding cities including; Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Hemet, Perris, Banning, Corona and Riverside. Remember, while most white collar crimes do not carry the same heavy penalties as violent crimes, you could still be facing fines, prison time, restitution, and a criminal record.
Contact a Murrieta criminal defense attorney at our firm immediately to schedule a confidential consultation and review of your case. We are here to help!