White Collar Defense
Powerful Defense Strategies in White Collar Crime Cases
White collar crime is a generic term used to describe a wide range of illegal activities that utilize fraud and deceit in order to generate a financial gain. White collar or financial crimes can involve violations of several different bodies of laws, including tax, securities, banking and antitrust laws.
Thorn Law Group has extensive experience representing clients charged with white collar crimes. We have an in-depth understanding of the laws underlying these types of offenses as well as the processes the government uses to build and prosecute a case. Our lawyers are skilled criminal tax attorneys who create solid and powerful defense strategies for clients facing a wide range of white collar crime charges, including allegations of:
- Tax Fraud - The Federal government has devoted substantial resources to uncovering and stopping tax fraud schemes. Taxpayers who intentionally take steps to hide their money and evade their tax liabilities can face substantial fines and penalties, including time in prison.
- Tax Evasion - When an individual, business, trust or other entity knowingly and willingly evades the payment of their tax obligations by illegal means, the taxpayer may be prosecuted for the crime of tax evasion. Tax evasion offenses include a number of different illegal activities, ranging from filing false returns and overstating deductions to hiding income in offshore bank accounts.
- Conspiracy - A criminal conspiracy involves an agreement or plan between two or more people to commit a criminal act. The conspirators can be charged with both conspiracy and the crime underlying the conspiracy.
- Bank Fraud - The crime of bank fraud typically involves the use of a fraudulent scheme or false representations to obtain money, assets, securities and other property owned, held by or under the control of custody of a bank. These types of crimes are often charged in connection with other financial crimes.
- Wire Fraud - Defendants charged with wire fraud are often charged with other white collar crime offenses, including tax evasion and securities fraud. The crime of wire fraud itself can take many different forms, but generally involves a fraud scheme utilizing interstate wire communications, including the internet, telephone or money wiring mechanisms, to defraud another out of money, property or other assets.
- Financial Fraud - Financial fraud is a general term used to describe a wide variety of crimes, including bank fraud, embezzlement, wire fraud, accounting fraud and fraud involving credit and debit cards.
- Accounting Fraud - When a person intentionally manipulates the accounting records of a business in order to make the financial condition or performance of the business appear better than it actually is, the person may be charged with accounting fraud. Accounting fraud offenses generally involve complex schemes that overstate revenues and asset values and understate expenses and corporate liabilities.
- Embezzlement - Embezzlement occurs when a person in a position of trust or responsibility over another person’s property fraudulently converts or misappropriates the property. The crime of embezzlement is often carried out by employees and other trusted individuals such as a financial advisors, accountants and lawyers.
- Money Laundering - While the definition of money laundering differs depending upon the country, money laundering generally refers to the process of making illegally-gained money (the proceeds of criminal conduct) appear to have been generated from a legitimate source.
Contact a Maryland Tax Attorney
If you are under investigation by the government for suspected illegal financial activities or have been charged with a white collar crime, it is very important consult with an attorney immediately. Contact the Maryland law offices of Thorn Law Group today to schedule a confidential consultation – phone (240) 235-5096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.