Overview of White Collar Crimes: Embezzlement, Perjury, Fraud & Public Corruption

White collar crimes usually use some sort of deception to commit thievery without actually interacting directly with the victim, as a suspect would in most theft crimes. The category of crime gets its name from the fact that most arrests and convictions for white collar crimes occur in office and business settings, where people tend to wear white collar dress shirts. As such, when someone is accused of a theft crime, they often face high fines, extensive jail time, and the destruction of their professional reputation, which could undo their company or corporation.

Some of the most common white collar crimes are:

  • Embezzlement: When someone takes company money for personal use, it is the white collar crime of embezzlement. Technically, a cashier who takes money out of a register is committing embezzlement, but the crime is usually charged when an executive mismanages company funds for their own gain.
  • Perjury: A white collar crime that does not actually occur in an office setting is perjury, or the illegal act of knowingly providing false information under oath or in court. Perjury charges are aggressively pursued by prosecutions, who view the crime as an affront to the legal system itself.
  • Public corruption: Government Code Section 1090 strictly prohibits governmental agents or employees from being “financially interested in any contract made by them in their official capacity, or by any body or board of which they are members.” In simpler terms, a government official cannot be involved with a contract, law, or regulation that could potentially cause them or a closely-related party to gain financially.
  • Fraud: The white collar crime of fraud is defined as intentionally misrepresenting oneself or one’s party for personal gain. As such, it can be conducted in numerous forms. Some of the most common types of fraud are insurance fraud and workers’ compensation fraud, in which a claimant knowingly lies on an insurance claim in order to try to gain more financial coverage.

Accused of a White Collar Crime? Let Us Defend You!

At Grech & Packer, our Riverside criminal defense lawyers have built a reputation for providing our clients with tenacious defense in high-stakes white collar crime cases. In particular, Attorney Paul Grech, Jr. recently secured fantastic case results for Inland Empire clients accused in public corruption (Section 1090) cases. We are also well-known for our ability to successfully manage insurance and workers’ compensation fraud cases. With hundreds of jury-trial cases under our belts and a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law on our team, we are the first name in defense for people all around Riverside County.

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