Any type of criminal charge is sure to have serious, far-reaching consequences on assorted aspects of the defendant's life. Even white-collar crime on the federal or state level can result in major life changes, especially if a conviction occurs. As a result, swift action is wise for those facing federal crimes or white-collar crime in Pennsylvania.
When people in Pennsylvania work for a company, they earn money through their hourly wage or salary as negotiated with the company. To receive this money, they are expected to perform their job at a satisfactory level. Through the course of their employment, some people may be entrusted with ensuring that the property and money of the company end up going to the appropriate places.
Whether you realize it or not, you probably know of some white collar criminals. Many of them are celebrities or high-profile political figures. Think Martha Stewart, Lori Laughlin, Charles Ponzi (the namesake of the well-known "Ponzi scheme") and Bernie Madoff, just to name a few. As evidenced by these cases, white collar crime is almost always financially motivated, and manifests by way of deceit, bribery, and manipulation. In this post, we identify four of the most prominent examples of this type of criminal activity.
Embezzlement is a crime in which a person is entrusted with money or property and then fails to give it back, or uses it for unauthorized purposes. It comes up most commonly in the employment setting, when an employee entrusted with funds secretly keeps some of the money.