DOJ Intensifies Effort to Prosecute Executives for White Collar Crimes

Last September, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a policy memo to its prosecutors urging them to demand evidence against employees “regardless of their position, status or seniority” from companies that are under investigation for corporate fraud or other white collar crime. The renewed focus on prosecuting executives and other employees for white collar offenses … Continued

The Perils of Disregarding Outstanding Warrants and Missed Court Dates

In March, hundreds of law agencies across Texas will start making arrests during the 10th Annual Great Texas Warrant Roundup. Authorities expect to clear more than 150,000 warrants statewide, primarily for Class C misdemeanors. Last year, 144,000 warrants were cleared in the annual roundup. Texas residents with outstanding warrants had until March 5 to deal … Continued

California Case a Cautionary Tale of Fed’s Relentless Prosecution in a Dubious White Collar Crime

Regardless of whether you believe the feds are soft on white collar crime, there is one story out of California that illustrates their relentless prosecution of dubious charges against an entrepreneur and his attorney girlfriend. According to a Forbes article, California businessman Steven Zinnel’s bankruptcy was discharged in 2008.  In his filing, he listed assets … Continued

A Beef with the IRS Over Prosecution of Nick’s Roast Beef

The owners of Nick’s Roast Beef, a highly popular deli located in the North Beverly suburb of Boston, are facing 17 federal criminal charges after the IRS indicted them for nonpayment of taxes. The two owners — Nicholas Koudanis and Nicholas Markos — are 65 and 70 years old respectively.  Nick’s has been a local … Continued

Understanding the Definition of White Collar Crime

White collar crime refers to deceptive acts that are designed to produce some type of financial gain.  White collar offenses are financial crimes and do not involve any violent or drug-related criminal behavior; in fact, many perpetrators of white collar crimes are typically involved in legal businesses and may even be well-respected members of the … Continued

Former Trader Has Fraud Conviction Reversed

The former managing director of Jeffries & Co. who was convicted in March 2014 of defrauding the U.S. Troubled Asset Relief Program and making false statements to the U.S. government has had his conviction overturned. Jesse Litvak was convicted by a Connecticut federal court of defrauding investors of $2 million by misrepresenting how much securities … Continued

Only in Texas? Man Sentenced to Prison for Mineral Rights Fraud

A Spring, Texas man employed by a subsidiary of oil giant ExxonMobil has been sentenced to more than five years in prison and ordered to pay $1 million in restitution for mineral rights fraud. Steven Fisackerly, 33, was employed as a landman by ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy in Fort Worth.  Prosecutors charged Fisackerly with mail … Continued

DOJ Data Shows White Collar Crime Prosecutions at 20-Year Low

A report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows that federal prosecution of white collar crime is at its lowest level in the last 20 years, down more than 36% from 1995.  For 2015, white collar crime prosecutions are estimated to be 12.3% lower than one year ago and 29.1% lower than five years … Continued

California Case a Cautionary Tale of Fed’s Relentless Prosecution in a Dubious White Collar Crime

Regardless of whether or not you believe the feds are soft on white collar crime, there is one story out of California that illustrates their relentless prosecution of dubious charges against an entrepreneur and his attorney girlfriend. According to a recent Forbes article, California businessman Steven Zinnel’s bankruptcy was discharged in 2008.  In his filing, … Continued

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