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White Collar Crime Offences

White collar crime usually refers to a crime involving a business that is committed by an individual, whilst corporate crime usually refers to a corporation involved in illegal activity.

 

Although white collar offences are usually committed by an individual against a corporation or business, corporate crime is committed by a company against individuals in the company, investors, creditors, members of the general public, or governing bodies and agencies.

 

Defending white collar crime offences in most instances will benefitted by a White Collar Crime Lawyer with extensive trial experience, as the matters will usually be dealt with in the County Court of Victoria, which may involve juries, experts, and expert reports.

 

Our White Collar Crime Lawyers have experience defending all types of white collar criminal offences, such as:

  • Fraud and cyber fraud;
  • Dishonesty and forgery;
  • Employment offences;
  • Destruction of evidence;
  • Insider trading;
  • Bribery, blackmailing and coercion;
  • Money laundering;
  • Theft;
  • Obtaining property by deception;
  • Obtaining a financial advantage by deception;
  • Possessing proceeds of crime intentionally, recklessly, or negligently;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Misappropriation of assets or funds;
  • Identity theft;
  • Insurance fraud; and
  • Tax fraud and tax evasion.

White collar offences are usually committed over a prolonged period, ranging from several months to several years. As such, they are often complex and require experienced and knowledgeable White Collar Crime Lawyers to adequately defend clients’ matters in Court.

 

Charges stemming from corporate and white collar crimes are usually initiated by the police but are most commonly investigated and prosecuted by a Governmental body, such as:

  • Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC);
  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO); and
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).

 

Penalties and sentences for corporate and white collar crimes are serious and can encompass heavy fines, disqualification of relevant licences, and terms of imprisonment. Given the seriousness, you should consult a White Collar Crime Lawyer before entering your plea as preparation is typically critical to the success of any matter. Contact the team at Executive Lawyers today on (03) 8376 6209.

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