Ohio residents, like their counterparts across the country, use their computers for practically every thing, from running their business to ordering their groceries. With so much information out there on the Internet and the use so rampant, it is inevitable that crimes related to computers also pop-up. But not all computer crimes are the same and when someone finds themselves facing white-collar criminal charges related to computer fraud, it is important to understand what the charges are so one can defend themselves accordingly.
White collar crimes have established a reputation of being victimless-though the victims lose a chunk of their live savings, the perpetrator does not come face to face with their victims as one would if accused of robbery or assault. Perpetrators know that there are harming the market, not specific identified victims. This is why the psychology of the crime is different-there is no signal to the brain that a crime is going to be committed. Rather, there is a gradual slipping over the line until one does not even realize what they have done.
Fraud has different types and it is important to know which type of fraud one is being accused of in order to ensure all the elements of the crime are being fulfilled. One common type of fraud is embezzlement, also known as employee theft.
When someone knowingly executes or attempts to execute a plan that defrauds a financial institution or obtains the money, credit, funds or property owned or under the control of a financial institution by using fraudulent means or by using fraudulent misrepresentation, they may find themselves facing bank fraud charges. These charges carry with them serious penalties, including a fine that is no more than $1,000,000, and could include imprisonment of up to 30 years.
We've heard of the terms "phishing" and "spamming" before but perhaps without understanding that they represent forms of fraud that can be punishable with serious penalties. Specifically, since these forms of actions are conducted over interstate wires, they are considered forms of wire fraud.
Tax laws are complicated, and Cincinnati residents often spend the whole year preparing for the next tax season. Many business owners employ various strategies to reduce their tax bill, and while some strategies are considered legal, others may be illegal and could lead to white collar criminal charges.
People facing criminal charges often feel like they have been punished without ever even going through the criminal justice system. Those who have been through it and are cleared of any wrongdoing feel like they have been penalized even though they are not guilty. Beginning from the initial arrest down to the time one is acquitted, people face many repercussions socially, financially, emotionally or even physically.
The Internet provides anonymity to everyone. Sitting behind the computer, no one really truly knows who they are talking to. This anonymity may be the reason identity theft is increasing steadily across the country. Rather than go to the bank with someone else's identification cards, now bank accounts can be opened from one's own home.
There are some white collar crimes that are confusing to understand. Insider trading charges are prime examples of this because they are legal in some instances and illegal in others. This is why it is important for Cincinnati residents to understand what the term means and what can make it illegal.
Ohio residents spend years building their reputation, either as a dedicated and loyal worker or business owner or as an impeccable member of their society. Maintaining that reputation is often a crucial part of their career, as people are willing to work with someone they trust unhesitatingly. It is unfortunate then that white-collar criminal charges, levied so quickly at times, have the effect of tarnishing one's reputation and career so quickly.