It's tax season, and the Internal Revenue Service is, as always, on the lookout for tax fraud. The tax code is extremely complex, however, and these cases often involve massive amounts of evidence that can be interpreted in at least two ways. Successfully defending against a tax fraud charge can depend on which side -- the defense or the prosecution -- can parse out the most compelling narrative, given the available evidence.
There is no rule that you have to wait to be charged with a crime before you can start defending against potential allegations. If you believe you are being investigated by authorities, then you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
A Missouri woman has been charged with stealing millions from her employer over the course of 10 years. According to the employer, the woman's actions put them in a situation of debt they didn't realize existed until the woman was gone from the company. At that time, the company's president said, the company was underwater, resulting in the loss of the business.
Missouri executives have access to funds in most businesses. Any of them with criminal tendencies might be tempted to acquire some for personal use. White collar crime, including embezzlement and fraud, can start with taking a dollar or two that one feels won't be missed. But once begun, it may be that access to huge sums of money creates a slippery slope.
News headlines and other media reports in Missouri frequently let residents know that an arrest was made and that assault, burglary, DUI and other similar charges have been filed against an individual. People often equate criminal defense with those types of situations. White collar crime, such as embezzlement, is another type of common criminal allegation made against individuals.
In the first part of this post, we wrote about the recent apology by the St. Louis parks director for the large-scale embezzlement that occurred there.
One of the stories we've been following this year is the embezzlement case involving the St. Louis parks department.
This is a follow-up to our May 30 post on an FBI investigation into suspected embezzlement in the St. Louis parks department. In that post, we discussed charges against two parks officials for allegedly using fraudulently padded invoices to take half a million dollars from the city.
White-collar crime is by no means a technical term. It generally refers to financial crimes such as fraud, embezzlement and money laundering, historically committed by people wearing white shirts and perhaps even a gray flannel suit.
The term "escrow" is not unique to real estate. In its origins, it relates to the word "scroll" and refers to money or property that a third party is to hold in trust for another, to be turned over when a certain condition is met.