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Fort Lauderdale White Collar Crime Attorney

White collar crime is comprised of financial misdoings that are often taken in business to unlawfully seek an unfair advantage or illegal profit. Crimes that fall under the category of white collar include:

  • Bribery;
  • Antitrust violations;
  • Copyright infringement;
  • Credit card fraud;
  • S. mail fraud;
  • Internet and computer fraud;
  • Telephone and telemarketing fraud;
  • Healthcare fraud;
  • Insurance fraud;
  • Banking fraud;
  • Tax evasion;
  • Forgery;
  • Money Laundering;
  • Ponzi schemes;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Identity theft;
  • Trade secret theft;
  • Insider trading; and
  • Economic espionage.

The History of White Collar Crime and the Punishments Involved

While what we term as white collar crime has occurred ever since humans had possessions of any kind, the phrase “white collar” was not around until the middle of the 20th century. In an article published in the 1940 February edition of American Sociology Review, sociologist Edwin Sutherland described white collar crime as, “A crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.” Due to the high status of those who are often in the limelight for white collar crimes, such as insider banking or tax evasion, many believe that the punishments for such criminal activity is a mere slap on the wrist. In fact, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, under Part B of Basic Economic Offenses, a person that is found guilty of theft, embezzlement, receipt of stolen property, property destruction, and other offenses involving fraud or deceit may face anywhere from a smaller fine in the thousands of dollars to millions in fines and decades, or even life, in prison.

Despite the high stakes involved for being charged with a white collar crime that affects dozens or hundreds of people, the public still has a perception that white collar crimes are not serious and those that commit them have the resources to recover. However, for those that do not have millions of dollars at their immediate disposal and means to bounce back after imprisonment, a white collar crime can be life altering. Punishment for a white collar crime can be life ruining for even the highest status members of society, in fact. The severe difficulties that go along  with a criminal history include finding decent future employment. It is nearly impossible to find a good job with a criminal record. The time in prison and the harsh monetary fines can completely evaporate an individual’s life savings.

For these reasons, no one charged with a white collar crime should approach the situation with anything but the highest regard of concern or hire any but the most experienced and proven successful Fort Lauderdale White Collar Crime Attorney. We understand that even if our defendants did commit a white collar crime, they are usually first and only one time offenders and likely will never pose a serious threat to society. We will work to ensure that your name is cleared of all charges or that the punishment will be as least severe as possible. Call Deric Zacca, P.A. today at 954-450-4848 for immediate help.


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