When a person is accused of a white-collar crime, they may think that the situation is not too serious. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Prosecutors in Ohio will not go easy on those they accuse of committing a white-collar crime, and will prosecute them to the full extent possible. Therefore, those accused of white-collar crimes should take all the steps necessary to defend themselves, as one Ohio man may soon need to do.
According to recent reports, a manager of a branch of a nonprofit agency in Ohio, RMS of Ohio, which serves those who are disabled developmentally, is being accused of stealing over $10,000 from eight clients, per the man's indictment. The 31-year-old man is specifically facing charges of money laundering, record tampering and felony theft.
While the details surrounding these charges are not clear at this time, office managers at RMS of Ohio are tasked with overseeing the management of the funds of their clients. These funds can go towards daily living expenses, such as buying groceries and paying bills.
It remains to be seen how this man's case will unfold, but the charges he is facing are quite serious. In general, white-collar crimes such as embezzlement or money laundering are prosecuted to the same extent that violent crimes like murder are. Just because the harm is financial, rather than physical, doesn't make it all the less serious. Those charged with money laundering and other white-collar crimes can face stiff fines and incarceration.
As this situation illustrates, it is important that they develop a solid defense strategy in their favor. Defendants can collect evidence and call witnesses to bolster their case. They can present their side of the story, and question witnesses called by the prosecution. In the end, with the help of a dedicated attorney, it is possible to fight back against charges of white-collar crimes like money laundering.
Source: cleaveland.com, "Westlake nonprofit manager charged with stealing from developmentally disabled clients," Cory Shaffer, July 20, 2017