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White Collar Crime
White collar crime generally refers to serious fraud and money laundering, often involving substantial sums of money. A white collar crime is typically committed by an office worker, business manager, fund manager or executive, usually for financial gain.
Cases involving white collar crime are often highly complex and may involve thousands of pages of evidence, depending on the nature of the alleged offence. If you are facing such charges then the specialist white collar crime solicitors at Minton Morrill can provide the expert representation you need.
Examples of white collar crimes include:
- Corporate fraud, typically involving dishonest actions by a company employee or executive which result in them benefiting financially;
- Money laundering, where funds obtained by criminal means are made to appear legitimate;
- Embezzlement, which means the misuse of funds;
- Securities fraud, including insider trading.
Sentencing varies depending on the nature of the offence, but fraud carries a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment if the case is dealt with by the Crown Court.
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 makes provisions for the confiscation or civil recovery of any proceeds from crime, including white collar offences. Generally speaking, a confiscation order requires the defendant to pay the State a specified sum of money by no later than 12 months after the date the order was made. The sum will usually be based on the defendant’s ‘available amount’, meaning the market value of their assets. If this cannot be established then the order will be made for the benefit obtained by the defendant as a result of their actions.
At Minton Morrill, our specialist white collar crime solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with the most complex cases, including those involving the Proceeds of Crime Act. However, due to the serious nature of white collar offences, it is important to seek our advice as soon as possible to ensure that we are able to give you the most effective representation.
To find out how our specialist white collar crime solicitors in Leeds, Yorkshire and the North of England can help you, please contact us.
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