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White Collar Crime Archives

What is a civil RICO case?

If you face federal RICO charges in New York, this is a serious situation indeed. As the Justice Department explains, RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act passed by Congress in 1970. Its original purpose was to attack the problem of Mafia racketeering, but the Federal Government also uses it to pursue alleged serious white collar criminals including the following:

How does a court judge trademark infringement?

Since trademarks help provide recognition for businesses and corporations in New York, it is in your best interest to protect your trademark if you suspect another party is using a trademark that is so similar to yours that your clients may confuse it for the one you own. If you take the infringing party to court, a judge will look over a number of factors to determine if the other party is guilty of infringement.

What are some common types of white collar crime?

While white collar crimes are not usually associated with violence, they are still taken very seriously by law enforcement. Many types of offenses fall into this category, all of which are enacted in pursuit of financial gain by unlawful means. offers the following insight into common white collar crimes.

Man appears in court, accused of embezzling $1.2 million

When business owners hire employees and entrust them with important responsibilities, they rely on their employees to have integrity and to follow procedures that have been designed to protect the assets of their organization. However, there are plenty of unfortunate circumstances in New York when companies have to face the unsettling reality that their employees have been dishonest in order to make personal gains. 

How transparency can reduce white collar crime

For many companies in New York the importance of providing stringent protocols for employee behavior is prioritized in an effort to reduce shady behavior that could potentially damage the company's reputation, tarnish their brand and destroy their success. While there are many effective approaches that organizational leaders can take in developing an ethical workplace, one of the concepts they may consider is implementing transparency. 

What is tax evasion?

You may have heard the term "tax evasion" many times without understanding what it means. Tax evasion is a form of fraud in which a taxpayer willfully attempts to deceive the government as to the amount of taxes owed. Businesses, as well as individuals, can perpetrate tax evasion, and it can take many forms. 

How to spot a possible Ponzi scheme

An investment offer arrives in the mail that claims to provide the recipient guaranteed finanical returns. If it sounds too good to be true, it very likely is. As USA Today points out, even top flight investors will experience significant downturns at some point on their investments. If an investor can guarantee consistent positive returns, that investor may be engaging in a Ponzi scheme designed to lure in people from New York and throughout the country.

Could prosecutors serve my family member a subpoena?

For most New York residents, a subpoena is nothing more than a vague concept: a piece of paper that summons people to testify in court. The reality is that were you to be accused of a crime, many of the people you know or the organizations with which you are affiliated could be bound by these documents to provide testimony or evidence against you. 

Understanding the basics of tax evasion penalties

With tax return season fresh behind most Americans, one common concern involves mistakes. The many details involved in filing taxes can naturally make it difficult to spot a slip-up. Because these details are vital, however, just one wrong move could come with many repercussions. Although New York has considered taking lighter steps around white collar crimes in recent years, there are nevertheless a number of legal facts to keep in mind.

What is white-collar crime?

The term “white-collar” crime was first used in 1939 at a meeting of sociologists to describe acts or crimes that a person with a high social status commits through his or her job. Today it is used in Buffalo and throughout the U.S. to describe nonviolent crimes committed for financial gain.


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