White Collar Crimes

White Collar Crimes2019-01-09T17:09:50+00:00

The term “white-collar crime” can be used to describe a wide range of offenses and is usually focused on dishonesty or cheating in the business world. These crimes are typically committed by business professionals under the guise of legitimate business dealings.  My criminal defense lawyers won’t judge you if you are facing white collar crimes.  My white collar crimes defense lawyers will be with you every step of the way.

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan defends our clients against a variety of white-collar crime charges:

  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Perjury
  • RICO claims
  • Money laundering
  • Counterfeiting
  • Larceny

Fraud is lying in order to induce someone to believe the lie and give up something of value. The three types of fraud charges are mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud. However, fraud is frequently broken down into other categories such as:

  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud or Check Fraud
  • Internet Fraud and Computer Hacking
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Identity Fraud or Identity Theft
  • Accounting fraud

Both embezzlement and fraud charges can be very complex and very unique for every individual. This makes it very important to have an experienced Grand Rapids fraud defense lawyer in your corner. At the Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan, we can provide you with aggressive criminal defense against any and all forms of fraud or embezzlement charges.  Our West Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyers can also represent you against all white collar criminal charges.

If you have been charged with or are being investigated for charges of embezzlement or fraud, contact one of our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers at 616-438-6719 asap!

West Michigan White Collar Crimes Defense Lawyers

Embezzlement charges come about if you are entrusted with property or money by a business or an individual and are then accused of stealing that money or property. Examples of these kinds of white collar crimes include:

  • Computer Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Bad Checks
  • Forgery
  • Tax Evasion or Tax Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Counterfeiting

If you have been accused of embezzlement in West Michigan, you could face serious penalties, including jail, large fines, community service and even prison. Contact one of our Grand Rapids and West Michigan Criminal Lawyers today at 616-438-6719 if you are being investigated for any charges related to fraud.

Fighting White Collar Crimes of Throughout Grand Rapids and West Michigan

No matter what type of fraud you are being investigated for or have been charged with, our West Michigan Criminal Lawyers can assist you through the process. By fighting the prosecution at every turn, we can help to minimize the consequences you face and will strive to have your charges eliminated. Whether you are facing accusations of securities fraud, health care fraud, business fraud, insurance fraud or any other type of white collar crimes, you can rely on the experience of our Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyers to protect your rights in court.  My white collar crimes defense lawyers will be with you every step of the way. 

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan provides criminal defense representation to individuals, professionals and businesses charged with all types of fraud. If you are charged with fraud, you need to contact one of our West Michigan Criminal Lawyers at 616-438-6719 asap!

Embezzlement Law | M.C.L. § 750.174

Under Michigan law, “embezzlement” is a crime as follows:

“A person who as the agent, servant, or employee of another person, governmental entity within this state, or other legal entity or who as the trustee, bailee, or custodian of the property of another person, governmental entity within this state, or other legal entity fraudulently disposes of or converts to his or her own use, or takes or secretes with the intent to convert to his or her own use without the consent of his or her principal, any money or other personal property of his or her principal that has come to that person’s possession or that is under his or her charge or control by virtue of his or her being an agent, servant, employee, trustee, bailee, or custodian, is guilty of embezzlement.”

M.C.L. § 750.174 (available at: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-750-174)

Charged with Embezzlement?  Here are the Elements of Embezzlement and what the Prosecutor Would Have to Prove to Obtain a Conviction

According to the Michigan Supreme Court’s Model Criminal Jury Instructions, to prove embezzlement occurred, the prosecutor must prove each of the following six elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt:

First, that the [money / property] belongs to [name principal].

Second, that the defendant had a relationship of trust with [name principal] because the defendant was [define relationship].

Third, the defendant obtained possession or control of the [money/property] because of this relationship.

Fourth, that the defendant:

[Choose (a), (b), or (c):]

(a)     dishonestly disposed of the [money / property].

(b)    converted the [money / property] to [his / her] own use.

(c)     took or hid the [money / property] with the intent to convert it to [his / her] own use without consent of [name principal].

Fifth, that at the time the defendant did this, [he/she] intended to defraud or cheat [name principal] of some property.

Sixth, that the fair market value of the property or amount of money embezzled was:4

[Choose only one of the following unless instructing on lesser offenses:]

(a)     $20,000 or more.

(b)    $1,000 or more, but less than $20,000.

(c)     $200 or more, but less than $1,000.

(d)    some amount less than $200.

[Use the following paragraph only if applicable:]

[You may add together the value of property or money embezzled in separate incidents if part of a scheme or course of conduct (within a 12-month period)5 when deciding whether the prosecutor has proved the amount required beyond a reasonable doubt.]

Found at:  http://courts.mi.gov/courts/michigansupremecourt/criminal-jury-instructions/pages/default.aspx

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