White collar crime is a term used to refer to offences such as fraud and money laundering, typically committed by an office worker, business manager, fund manager or executive.
Cases involving white collar crime can be highly complex and may involve thousands of pages of evidence, depending on the nature of the alleged offence. If you find yourself accused of involvement in a white collar crime then you should seek specialist legal advice immediately.
Examples of white collar crimes include:
- Corporate fraud – this typically involves dishonest actions by a company employee or executive which result in them benefiting financially;
- Money laundering – this is when funds obtained by criminal means are made to appear legitimate;
- Embezzlement – this refers to the misuse of funds;
- Securities fraud – this includes insider trading.
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 makes provisions for the confiscation or civil recovery of any proceeds from crime, including white collar offences. Generally speaking, a confiscation order requires the defendant to pay the State a specified sum of money by no later than 12 months after the date the order was made. The sum will usually be based on the benefit obtained by the defendant as a result of their actions, subject to the available assets of the defendant.
At Palmers, we have particular expertise in advising and representing clients facing white collar crimes allegations, including negotiations in Proceeds of Crime hearings. Due to the potential seriousness of all fraud cases, we would advise you to seek advice at the earliest opportunity to help us provide the best possible representation.