What Counts As A White Collar Crime?

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 @ 03:56 AM

Even though there is no exact definition of “white collar crime,” it covers a variety of crimes that are already prohibited by state and federal statutes. White collar crimes include corporate offenses and public corruption offenses, but there is no exhaustive list that covers everything.


You might be surprised to find out what counts as a white collar crime—it doesn’t always necessarily involve highly skilled professional individuals or wealthy corporations. In fact, many white collar crimes are committed by ordinary individuals who are looking to get themselves out of financial straits or who take advantage of opportunities to commit fraud. In this article, San Francisco white collar criminal lawyer Christopher Morales will explain to you what can count as a white collar crime.


Among the most commonly prosecuted white collar offenses are:

  • Adoption scams;
  • Antitrust violations;
  • Banking, financial, and accounting crimes;
  • Bankruptcy fraud;
  • Bribery or kickbacks;
  • Computer and internet fraud;
  • Counterfeiting or forgery;
  • Credit card and ATM fraud;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Environmental law violations;
  • False Claims Act cases (including qui tam and whistleblowing cases);
  • Health and safety violations;
  • Healthcare fraud;
  • Identity theft;
  • Insider trading;
  • Insurance fraud;
  • Mass marketing fraud;
  • Mail fraud;
  • Mortgage fraud;
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations;
  • Securities fraud;
  • Tax evasion;
  • Trade secret theft; and
  • Wire fraud.


If you’ve been charged with a white collar crime, do not hesitate to contact experienced San Francisco white collar criminal lawyer Christopher Morales. Simply fill out the form on this page for a free initial consultation.


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