What Are White Collar Crimes?

For many people, the term "white collar crime" evokes images of complicated stock manipulation and Ponzi schemes. Those actions do fit the definition, but there are additional charges that qualify as white collar crimes. These can include any crime done for monetary gain involving:

  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Identity theft
  • Tax evasion
  • Insider trading
  • Counterfeiting

The term "white collar" originally came from the fact that many of these crimes took place in a business setting, although that is not necessarily the case anymore. Today, many of these crimes are committed by ordinary individuals using technology and the internet, and some violate federal law. At Kalberg Law Office LLC, we handle all types of white collar crime, from municipal-level misdemeanors through federal charges.

Identity Theft Is More Than Stealing Credit Cards

Identity theft makes up a large portion of today's white collar crimes. Identity theft usually consists of the collection of personal information to sell or use it for some other type of monetary gain. Unfortunately, many people do not understand that any time they use another person's identification as their own, they are committing identity theft. Common information involved in identity theft includes:

  • Birthdate
  • Social Security number
  • Bank account or credit card information
  • Passwords
  • Address and phone number

Criminal charges range from misdemeanors to felonies in Kansas and Missouri for most of these crimes, depending on the amount of money involved. Many of these crimes are felony offenses at the state level, but they may also be federal crimes. A minor using someone else's identification to gain entrance to a bar or adult show may face misdemeanor charges in both Kansas and Missouri, whether or not the other person willingly cooperated.

You Need An Attorney Who Will Fight For Your Rights

If you are looking for an experienced criminal law attorney in Overland Park or the surrounding area to assist you with fraud or embezzlement charges, contact me at Kalberg Law Office LLC for a free initial consultation. Call 913-608-8507 or contact me, a Kansas City area lawyer, through our online form.