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White Collar Crime

People who are charged with white collar crimes are often professionals who never expected to see the inside of a criminal defense attorney's office. They usually have nice homes, families and good reputations — all of which will be destroyed if they are convicted of fraud or any other white collar crime and sent to prison.

I'm R. Todd Bennett, a Houston criminal defense lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. I represent people and business entities throughout Texas that are under investigation or who have been charged with a white collar crime such as fraud, embezzlement or other business-related crime. Contact my criminal defense law office today for a consultation with an experienced Houston white collar crimes attorney. I am well-prepared to protect your legal rights.

What Is "White Collar" Crime?

White collar crime is a general term that includes fraud and money-laundering charges. Federal fraud charges often appear in multi-count indictments alleging specific acts of fraud. They are generally alleged along with a count alleging conspiracy to commit some type of fraud scheme. Fraud falls into several categories depending on the subject matter of the alleged scheme and the manner or means of its commission, such as:

  • Wire fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Identity theft (check fraud, credit card fraud)
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Real estate fraud
  • Accounting fraud
  • Health care fraud (Medicaid fraud/Medicare fraud)

White collar crime can also encompass offenses involving environmental crime, such as illegal dumping of toxic waste, oil and gas law violations and other environmental law violations.

Fraud and Related Charges for Money Laundering or Conspiracy

White collar crimes often include additional charges for money laundering or conspiracy. Money laundering is a crime alleged to have occurred when the proceeds of some type of criminal activity are used in a financial transaction. A conspiracy under federal criminal law is an agreement between two or more individuals to commit a crime. The crime of conspiracy is often charged by the United States government in conjunction with some other substantive offense such as fraud. The crime of conspiracy is treated under the federal sentencing guidelines just as the substantive crime is treated.

Reputable Houston and Galveston Business Fraud Attorney

White collar offenses can be extremely complicated, time-consuming and document-intensive. I am a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer experienced in handling white collar crime cases in federal court. I have an in-depth understanding of the United States sentencing guidelines. As your lawyer, I will be at your side every step of the way to help you obtain the best outcome possible.

Attorney Consultation

At the law firm of R. Todd Bennett, P.C., I have aggressively protected clients accused of white collar crimes since 1995. I am well-prepared to fight for you. If you are under investigation or have been charged with a white collar crime, contact me for a initial consultation.