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white collar crime, Elgin criminal defense attorneyNearly everyone has at least heard the term "white collar crime" before, but not everyone understands what it means. There are a wide variety of criminal activities that fall into the category of white collar crime, and they generally involve the theft of data and financial assets to be used for personal gain by the perpetrator. In many cases, the criminal does not even come into contact with their victim, and many victims of white collar crime are unaware of the crime until much later. White collar crime is very serious, and anyone facing charges related to a white collar crime should seek the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney.

Common White Collar Crimes

There are a variety of different offenses that fall under the umbrella of white collar crime. These types of crimes often occur in business or professional settings; hence the term "white collar" as a reference to dress shirts common in such environments. Crimes that are commonly considered white collar include:

  • Identity theft;
  • Money laundering;
  • Extortion;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Mortgage fraud;
  • Tax evasion;
  • Forgery; and
  • Fraud.

Penalties of White Collar Crime

Because white collar crime consists of a variety of different criminal activities, the penalties associated with a conviction can vary dramatically. Most crime in Illinois is classified according to severity, and while some white collar offenses are misdemeanors, many are considered felonies. As such, jail time is a distinct possibility in many cases. Additionally, a number of these types of crimes have minimum sentences, which means judges and prosecutors may have very little discretion in handing down penalties for a conviction. Therefore, it is vital that anyone facing white collar charges seek qualified legal guidance as soon as possible.

In addition to fines and potential jail time, being convicted of a white collar crime could harm you professionally. Your reputation can be destroyed by even the allegation of wrongdoing, and your future job opportunities will likely be affected. Many employers will simply not hire those suspected of being involved in such activity.

Experienced White Collar Representation

Are you facing charges related to tax fraud, embezzlement, forgery, or any crime that would be considered white collar? If so, contact an experienced Kane County criminal defense attorney and get the help you need. Our firm is proud to represent those charged with white collar crimes, and we will work hard to protect your rights. Call 847-488-0889 to schedule your free, confidential consultation at The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.


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embezzlement, fraud, Illinois criminal defense attorneyThe death of a veteran police officer in the Lake County, Illinois, village of Fox Lake sparked a massive manhunt in early September. Police departments from around northern Illinois, the Illinois State Police, local and federal SWAT teams, and at least half a dozen air support units were all tasked with finding the three men thought to be responsible for gunning down the police lieutenant. The search eventually turned up empty, and police officials now know why. In a press conference this week, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko announced that an extensive investigation has produced overwhelming evidence that the officer’s death was a "carefully staged suicide," designed to look like he had been killed in the line of duty. It seems as if allegations of embezzlement and conspiracy to commit murder may have led the officer to believe he had run out of options.

Trouble and More Trouble

As details were released about the officer’s death, other disturbing information was also coming to light about the 30-year veteran’s illicit activities. According to Detective Chis Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s office, the officer was seeking to hire a hit man to kill a village administrator. The administrator, Anne Marrin, was responsible for auditing the finances of Fox Lake, including a youth program called Police Explorers, which the officer is suspected to have been embezzling money from for the last seven years. It has been confirmed by Marrin that she had been pushing the now-deceased officer for details regarding the program right up until the day before he died.

Police officials also indicate that packets of cocaine were found in the officer’s desk after his death, in unmarked evidence bags. They have speculated but are not willing to confirm that the drugs were related to the murder-for-hire plot. There are also reports that the officer’s widow and at least of the couple’s sons in under investigation in connection with the Police Explorers embezzlement activities.

Embezzlement Concerns

While the estimated cost of the September manhunt was somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000, the officer is also believed to have stolen thousands from the Police Explorer program as well. Authorities allege that embezzled funds were used for mortgage payments, gym memberships, travel expenses, adult websites, and personal loans. The officer is also believed to have forged signatures on numerous official documents. Flienko said that incriminating text messages had been deleted by the officer prior to his suicide, but investigators were able to recover many of them, and that the officer expressed fear about being exposed. Investigations into the scheme are continuing.

If you have been accused of embezzlement or any other type of deceptive practice, you need reliable representation from an experienced Elgin criminal defense attorney. We will review your case and the available evidence, and assist you in finding a resolution that protects both your rights and your future. Call 847-488-0889 today for a free consultation at the The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola.


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