Dedicated North Hollywood White Collar Crimes Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Clients Throughout Southern California
“White collar crime” is a broad term used to describe a range of nonviolent crimes committed for personal financial gain at the expense of an individual or institution. Many white collar crimes are prosecuted as felonies if they involve multi-state digital scams, ATM tampering, bad checks or other systems that have a national impact. Many people are investigated by federal agents before an arrest is made. If you have been charged or believe you are being investigated for a white collar crime, contact Wegman & Levin immediately.
Financial Crimes in California
There are many white collar crimes for which you can be charged in California, but as of late, the most commonly prosecuted white collar crimes in our state center around the following bodies:
Workers’ Compensation Fraud
California has experienced major problems with workers’ compensation fraud. In fact, the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Task Force was formed in 1991 to crack down on false filings by employees and wrongful denial of benefits from employers.
Real Estate & Mortgage Fraud
Since the housing bubble burst, law enforcement has had an eye out for fraudulent loan refinancing and modification schemes. Many of these clients are real estate agents, lawyers, mortgage brokers, lenders and title companies, but individual homeowners may run into trouble as well.
Medicare fraud is typically perpetrated by healthcare professionals billing for more services than were rendered. On the individual side, it is also common for people to steal Medicare benefits from vulnerable people, such as elderly neighbors or even family members.
Individuals filing false claims as well as insurance companies withholding benefits from policyholders are often caught up in insurance fraud. This is especially common in auto accident schemes.
Get the Representation You Need
White collar crimes can be prosecuted in either state or federal court, depending on the scope of the crime. If you have any reason to believe you are being investigated for a white collar crime, you need to be proactive about securing criminal defense. Wegman & Levin has over 50 years’ combined experience defending the rights of those facing criminal charges and we will use everything in our power to protect your future.