Recently, a disgruntled former employee of the luxury designer brand Gucci was sentenced to up to six years in prison by the Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly hacking into the company’s computers and causing over $200,000 worth of damage. The felony charge carries a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years imprisonment. A computer engineer, the Gucci employee – allegedly using an electronic profile that he created for himself, erased computer files tampered with the computer servers, and crashed the company’s e-mail system. The employee had been fired from Gucci for racking up over $105,000 in employee discounts, but was never accused of fencing merchandise.

White collar crimes typically involve crimes committed through deceit in order to make money for the perpetrator. The types of crimes that are considered white collar crimes include fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, money laundering, and financial schemes such as “Ponzi” schemes and securities fraud. These types of crimes are extremely serious due to the amount of financial and psychological damage they supposedly can do to their victims.

A defendant accused of a white collar crime faces serious consequences. White Collar Crimes can carry long prison sentences and hefty fines.

In addition, a defendant convicted of a white collar crime may be civilly liable to the victims for the money that was obtained illegally from them. This can be ruinous financially for the defendant, and a felony conviction can have employment or immigration consequences that will negatively affect his livelihood and quality of life.

Fortunately, any defendant accused of a white collar crime is entitled to an aggressive criminal defense. The accused has the constitutional right to question any witnesses brought by the state and to challenge the admissibility of the state’s evidence. A defendant also has the right to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s proceedings and seek to have the charges reduced or the case thrown out altogether.

Source: New York Daily News, “Disgruntled Gucci Computer Whiz Who Crashed Company’s e-mail System Sentenced to 2 to 6 years,” Janon Fisher, September 10, 2012