Texas and Federal White Collar Defense Lawyer
What is a “White Collar Crime?”
“White Collar” criminal offenses are generally understood to be fraud-type offense, generally committed on a fairly large scale. It can also be as simple as failing to pay taxes. In the federal system, the most common white collar offenses are:
- Mail Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Anti-kickback Allegations
- RICO Violations
- Public and Political Corruption
- Falsifying Financial Documents
- False Statement to a Federal Agent
In the state system, more commonly charged allegations include:
- False statement to obtain credit
- Tampering with a government record
- Misapplication of Fiduciary Property
- Securing the execution of a document by deception, and
Who Prosecutes White Collar Offenses?
It used to be that the federal government almost exclusively prosecuted white collar offenses, but that has changed. Now, state authorities (Attorney General or District Attorney) actively prosecute these cases. All urban district attorneys’ offices have white collar departments, focusing exclusively on white collar charges.
The Justice Department tends to prosecute according to policies. Right now, for instance, online pharmacies and compounding pharmacies are being heavily prosecuted for healthcare fraud, mail fraud, anti-kickback violations, and conspiracy. Greg Westfall and Frank Sellers have extensive experience in these types of prosecutions.
You Need an Experienced Lawyer on Your Side • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Federal Fraud Attorneys
Wherever they are prosecuted, the hallmark of white collar cases is they tend to be complex and benefit greatly from a lawyer who has a lot of experience in this field. Every lawyer at Westfall Sellers has worked with white collar defense since licensed. Both Greg Westfall and Frank Sellers have business school backgrounds and have both taken white collar cases to trial. Greg Westfall’s “Super Lawyers” specialty is, in fact, white collar cases. Greg’s ability to organize highly complex criminal cases is well-known. We routinely work with investigators with federal law enforcement experience as well as forensic accountants and other experts who can be vital to a successful white collar defense.
Federal Conspiracy Attorneys • If You are Being Investigated, Do Not Delay!
With business crimes cases, you tend to know you are under investigation a long time before an arrest occurs. If you get a call from the FBI or any of the myriad state or federal agencies, DO NOT DELAY. Similarly, if you receive a letter from the Department of Justice asking you to appear before a grand jury, do not try to talk your way out of it. Contact us immediately at 817-928-4222 so we can help you with this process. Early mistakes result in indictments and convictions (and, more and more often, significant time in the penitentiary).