Not long ago, a major story broke regarding the alleged fraud that dozens of parents purportedly committed to secure spots for their children at some of the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities. The parents, who include several popular actors and others with national notoriety, allegedly paid thousands of dollars to have their children's exam scores graded and fixed by special proctors or to have their kids recognized as athletic recruits when in fact they did not play sports. The allegations have dominated the headlines of papers in Arkansas and throughout the nation.
Criminal activity of all forms is severely punished by the state of Arkansas, as well as the federal government. When a person is charged with a crime, they can expect to have to fight to protect their innocence and to retain their rights and freedoms. If they do not, they may see themselves punished with incarceration and the course of their life changed forever.
Alleged criminal acts of all forms can have serious consequences on the lives of Arkansas residents. Whether a crime is deemed violent or white collar, a drug offense or computer-based, it can impose serious and life-altering penalties on the person who has been charged. This post will focus on what distinguishes white collar crimes from other forms of alleged criminal conduct, but readers are reminded that criminal defense attorneys can always be consulted about pending charges.
Every year, Little Rock residents work to file their taxes by the April deadline. While some may owe the government money, others may expect sizable refunds from the Internal Revenue Service. Those who fail to pay their taxes or who engage in other actions that may be considered evasive may be charged a very serious white collar crime.
Individuals who enjoy watching crime shows on television have likely heard of various types of financial crimes. Money laundering, for example, may be included in a list of charges a fictitious criminal will face at trial, but it may not be something that viewers can easily identify. This post will offer Arkansas residents a brief introduction to the crime of money laundering and the elements that generally must be proven in order for a person to be convicted on their charge
Some crimes occur when individuals take specific and prohibited actions against each other in a physically violent or inappropriate way. Others occur when individuals undertake to harm others through trickery and the desire to become financially enriched. The latter category of crimes is sometimes referred to as white collar crime as it often occurs in settings of employment and financial management.
People in Arkansas and across the nation often say things online they would otherwise not say in person. They might be under the impression that it is harmless and that no criminal charges are possible if they have neither the intent nor the means to carry out what they have said. However, if the target of that statement is negatively impacted by those online statements, then it can lead to white collar crime charges for violating unlawful computerized communications.
The exponential increase in computer use in Arkansas, across the nation and around the world has resulted in people being accused of white collar crime related to it. One issue is when there are attempts to steal money and property via email. This can result in serious charges with hefty penalties should there be a conviction. For those who are alleged to have taken part in email-related crimes, knowing the details of the crime itself, the law, and what sparked an arrest is an integral part of lodging a defense.
When Little Rock residents think of white collar crime, the first thing that pops in their head may be that of a deliberately well-dressed person trying to sell goods or services that are obviously not what the person is representing that they are.
Pyramid schemes have become prominent in the media with high-profile arrests. Many, however, are not aware of what it is and how our state handles it. Those seeking to make investments to boost their income will be looking for a good opportunity with as little risk as possible. Some will become involved in strategies that might seem reasonable, but are illegal. Others, trying to do well with their investments, make mistakes that lead to white collar crime allegations.