White Collar & Fraud
Albany Attorney Defending You Against Government Investigations
In most cases involving potential criminal charges, early intervention is important. That is especially true when it comes to government investigations, in which the government has yet to file charges.
In other words, you might have a chance to get out in front of the problem before it gets worse.
For a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney at the New York Law Offices of Sacco Tyner, call 866-642-3807 or contact us online. We’re located in Albany, Schenectady and New York City and serve clients from Albany to Long Island to Buffalo.
Defending Against All Types of Government Investigations
In light of the current political and economic environment, many branches of the government are eager to make accusations of white collar crime. If you’re an executive or employee who has received a request for information from the government, you’re not alone.
We can help defend and guide you through a government investigation involving:
- Grand jury proceedings
- Business fraud
- Financial crimes, such as credit card fraud, embezzlement, financial transaction structuring offenses and money laundering
- Gambling offenses
- Health care fraud, including Medicaid fraud and Medicare fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Internet crimes, such as ID theft
- Mail and wire fraud
- Immigration documentation fraud
- Procurement fraud
- Allegations regarding public corruption
- Real estate fraud and mortgage fraud
- RICO & racketeering
- Securities fraud
- Social Security fraud
- Tax fraud
- Unemployment fraud
- Workers’ compensation fraud
Responding to the government’s requests during an investigation can be extremely time-consuming. In some cases, it can even cause significant damage to your business. Let Sacco Tyner work on your behalf to prevent that from happening.
What is White Collar Crime?
White collar crime refers to a broad range of offenses characterized by deceit and concealment. Significantly, white collar crime in Manhattan or any of the surrounding Boroughs of NYC rarely involves the use of physical force. Instead, it involves a person violating a position of trust in order to achieve financial gain. Even when violent criminal enterprises are involved, the organizations tend to use a bank account, not a gun, to integrate their ill-gotten gains into the legitimate financial community.
Updates in technology have made it easier for people to commit certain white collar crimes, such as Internet fraud, identity theft, and credit card fraud. Once upon a time, the only way to steal someone’s money was to remove it directly from their wallet. However, these days, it is entirely possible for a sophisticated criminal to take someone’s money while standing half-way around the world. The fall 2013 retail data breach at Target is an example of high-tech hackers exploiting advances in technology to commit white collar crime.
Both Federal and New York State Agencies Crack Down on White Collar Crime in NYC and Impose Severe Penalties
In an effort to keep up with white collar criminals, government agencies are getting creative. A good example of this creativity is the application of the Patriot Act to white collar crimes. The government has used its expanded surveillance powers to gather crucial evidence in corporate and business fraud cases. The Patriot Act has also been a useful tool for investigating computer crimes by tracking Internet communications. In fact, the terrorism law amended the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and specifically includes a section addressing government tactics for investigating cybercrime.
Although a popular belief exists that federal white collar crime statutes impose more severe penalties than comparable state laws, New York State has some of the toughest white collar crime laws in the country. A good example of this is the New York Enterprise Corruption Law, which functions similar to the federal RICO statute. While a RICO violation carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison, a conviction for enterprise corruption in NYC, Queens or The Bronx, can result in a term of incarceration of between eight and 25 years in state prison, as well as penalties that include stiff fines and possible civil forfeiture of property.