On behalf of Raymond V. Giudice, P.C. posted in Criminal Defense on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Some of the most complicated criminal defense cases in the Atlanta area involve white collar crime. White collar crimes include check fraud, bank fraud, forgery, embezzlement, money laundering, and Internet crimes among others. These cases can be so complex because of the depth of paper and digital evidence as well as the fact that oftentimes the people accused of the crimes did not even know that their actions could lead to criminal charges.
Additionally, arrests for white collar crimes often do not take place until investigators have been on the case for some time. This can make things very difficult for defendants because prosecutors already have quite a bit of evidence stacked up before the accused even has a chance to call a criminal defense attorney--this is why it can be crucial for people who are under investigation for white collar crimes to seek legal counsel even before the arrest in some cases.
Recently four men from South Georgia were arrested on 14 counts of bank fraud and other related white collar crimes. One man has been accused of using the other three, one of whom appears to be his son, as straw borrowers. This means that they are accused of providing false information to banks in order to obtain loans for themselves, and they then funneled that money to the ringleader.
These men have been indicted by a federal grand jury, which signifies the severity of the charges. Convictions for bank fraud would likely result not only in jail time, but also in extremely compromised career opportunities down the road.
Source: walb.com, "Four So. GA men indicted for bank fraud," Nov. 20, 2012
Our Fulton County law firm defends white collar crimes and federal crimes, among other types of criminal charges. More information about our federal criminal defense experience is available on our Atlanta Federal Crimes page.