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With today’s sophisticated and increasingly easy-to-use technology so prevalent, it is not uncommon to see headlines about white collar crimes such as identity theft or Ponzi schemes. However, many people can find themselves accused of a white collar crime simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is also possible for an employer to convince an employee to unwittingly participate in shady dealings, especially if the person accused is kept in the dark about what’s really going on. Unfortunately, this may lead to innocent people in Philadelphia being charged with a serious crime.

Harsh white collar laws can have unintended effects

Someone who is facing a charge of fraud, embezzlement or other type of white collar crime in Pennsylvania may be looking at serious consequences, including heavy fines and a lengthy prison sentence. State and federal laws do not look kindly on white collar crime. However, some laws that address this may have consequences that are harsher than intended when the laws were written, or they may affect people with no real connection to white collar crime.

Understanding white collar crime

White collar crime is often a complex matter, and if you are facing charges, you will need strong legal representation to avoid serious consequences. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we have protected the rights of numerous Pennsylvania clients accused of a broad spectrum of white collar crimes. We understand that a conviction can come with repercussions that seem unduly harsh. 

Financial fraud can involve negotiable instruments

Cases of financial fraud in Pennsylvania can often involve documents known as negotiable instruments. According to the FBI’s most recent “Financial Crimes Report to the Public,” which covers the period from October 2009 to September 2011, the agency has been involved in a number of financial institution fraud cases, which can include investigations into counterfeit negotiable instruments as well as check kiting, check fraud and mortgage fraud. Those who are being investigated for such offenses may want to educate themselves on the legal definition of these types of documents.

Appeals court adopts new legal standard for insider trading cases

The law is constantly in flux. Changes in legislation as well as new court decisions can quickly turn established legal standards on their heads. Because of this, those who are charged with crimes must remain informed of their rights and defense options under the most current interpretations of Pennsylvania and federal laws.

“White collar crime” is a broad category

The definitions of crimes are not always static; many change as offenses evolve. According to the FBI, white collar crime is a general term used to describe offenses involving fraud that are perpetrated by professionals in the business and government fields. Believed to have been created in 1939, this term has grown broader over the years, and now many types of activity committed by Pennsylvania residents may fall under this category.

Penalties for credit card crimes under federal law

Congress addressed crimes that are commonly known as credit card fraud in 1984’s Credit Card Fraud Act. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this was codified as 18 U.S.C. Sect. 1029, with penalties for this type of white collar crime listed under Sect. 1029(c). These penalties are very serious, and Philadelphia residents who are charged with such offenses may want to educate themselves on what they may face if convicted.

Identity theft illegal under both Pennsylvania and U.S. laws

Identity theft is a major focus in the media, both in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Because of the increasing attention being placed on these offenses, many people have questions regarding the state and federal laws under which these crimes are prosecuted.

The difference between larceny and embezzlement

Larceny and embezzlement are two crimes that are often confused. However, each has very distinct qualities which set them apart. According to Cornell University Law School, embezzlement occurs when a person takes personal property from someone else and happens most often when a person in Pennsylvania misappropriates money. A person may be found guilty of embezzlement if they keep the stolen property for themselves or transfer it to another party.

The two types of credit card fraud in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, committing any type of fraudulent activity that is connected to using a credit card is against the law. According to the Pennsylvania Legislature, a person may be considered guilty of credit card fraud if the credit card:

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