Recently, the National White Collar Crime Center has taken the initiative to train New York law enforcement personnel in fighting white collar crime. The officers will receive training in combating felonies such as bankruptcy fraud, identity theft, and insurance fraud. The increased training is in response to a reported increase in the occurrence of white collar crimes, with over 60,000 cases reported last year. The organization is training 36 officials from all over New York State. The organization is starting to branch its training locations out from the metropolitan areas into less-populated areas like Utica.
White collar crimes are those involving dishonesty or deceit in the business world. Offenses include felonies such as securities fraud and insider trading, embezzlement of company funds, and fraudulent business conduct. Penalties for these offenses include jail time, fines, and restitution to be paid to the victims.
Defendants in white collar crimes tend to be better educated and have access to more funds than other criminal defendants. If convicted, they face not only the penalties imposed by the legal system, but damage to their reputations careers and businesses. The stakes are high and anyone accused of a white collar crime needs an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Anyone accused of fraud or any other white collar crime is entitled to a presumption of innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused is also entitled to present a defense. He or she has the ability to question witnesses, challenge the admissibility of evidence, and argue for his or her innocence before the court.
Source: WKTV.com, "Local law enforcement receives white collar crime training," Anna Meiler, August 7, 2013.