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Securities fraud: The basics

White collar crimes consist of various acts, such as computer crimes, tax evasion and securities fraud. In many cases, these crimes span over the course of weeks, months, and years, and can involve complex techniques to not only commit the act, but hide it as well. Securities fraud, for example, can come in various forms and usually consists of the fraudster providing false information to investors.

Perpetrators of securities fraud can range from a single person to an entire organization. Even insider trading can fall into the realm of securities fraud.

The difference between hard and soft insurance fraud

You've always thought of the insurance company as a rival. You hold an "us and them" mentality, where you feel like the company is working against you and you must fight back at every turn.

It can certainly feel this way when you file a claim. The insurance company suddenly starts grouping assets into categories, for example, and those categories have monetary caps. You may feel like they're just trying to get out of paying out your legitimate claim.

Don’t confuse an honest mistake with tax fraud

No matter who you are, there may come a time when you make a mistake with regard to your taxes. For example, a simple math error could lead to a refund as opposed to owing the IRS additional money.

Here's what you need to know: There is a big difference between an honest mistake and tax fraud.

Were you accused of a crime for doing your job?

A lot of crimes get committed in America's largest corporations, but most of them never get detected. Embezzlement, tax evasion, accounting fraud and money laundering are just a few of the most frequent violations. Just because these crimes are common, however, does not mean that everyone accused of committing a crime is guilty of the offense.

For example, you might face criminal allegations simply because you were doing your job. When faced with white collar crime charges like this, you must take your criminal defense seriously. The paper trail of documentation, witness testimonies and other evidence surrounding the allegations require an in-depth review. The laws at issue, potential punishments and decisions on similar cases from the past also require consideration to create the strongest defense possible.

Avoiding tax fraud

Filing taxes is a complex process that often requires information to be provided in a manner that seems convoluted to most. In general, dealing with the IRS is not something people want to do, however, if you have been charged with fraud or tax evasion it is not something you can avoid.

The first step in handling a fraud charge is to seek the advice of legal counsel in order to better understand your rights and options. 

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