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White Collar Crimes

Minneapolis Defense Against Allegations of White Collar Crimes

Aggressive strategies and tactics to help you keep your reputation and your liberty

White collar crime is a broad term to describe nonviolent fraud for financial gain. Though these crimes do not involve violence, they do carry stiff penalties, including heavy fines, jail time, business forfeiture, restitution and a permanent criminal record. If your offense violates federal law, your case goes to a U.S. District Court and you could face more serious consequences, including federal prison.

When people are accused of a white collar crime in the Minneapolis area, they turn to Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC for skilled criminal defense. Since 1986, we have been successfully representing clients in a wide range of white collar crimes. Jeffrey O'Hara is a skilled Minneapolis criminal defense trial lawyer with extensive experience investigating white collar criminal cases and protecting clients' legal rights, especially after the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection or other federal agencies have become involved.

Defending against insurance fraud

Insurance fraud may seem innocent. It could range from adding a few dollars to a Medicare or other insurance claim to highly organized strategies and schemes orchestrated by a group. An insurance fraud charge means you are accused of receiving money for a claim that exceeded the true amount or a claim for services never rendered.

Insurance fraud is a felony crime in Minnesota, punishable by up to four years in prison, a fine up to $50,000 and mandatory restitution.

Defending against tax evasion

Many stakeholders get involved in cases of tax evasion, including Minnesota's Tax and Enforcement Unit in the Department of Treasury, the Minnesota State Police and the Attorney General. From accusation through trial, we stand by you or your business to zealously advocate for your rights. Whether you are accused of sales tax fraud, payroll tax fraud, failure to file tax returns, filing a false return, failure to report offshore bank accounts, or failure to report international income, we have the knowledge and skill to help you achieve a more favorable outcome. A conviction could lead to substantial prison time, hefty fines and other financial penalties, including tax and interest.

If the IRS has contacted you about some form of tax evasion, take advantage of our free initial consultation. We put our extensive investigative and trial experience to work for you.

Defending against identity theft charges

If you have been charged with identity theft, you have been accused of intentionally acquiring or attempting to acquire someone else's personal identity information such as name, date of birth, Social Security number and credit card information, to commit an illegal act, usually for financial gain.

Acts of identity theft are considered felonies and carry severe punishments. A first-time offense could result in imprisonment up to five years and a fine up to $25,000 or both. A second offense could result in imprisonment up to ten years and a fine up to $50,000 or both.

Let an experienced Minneapolis white collar crime defense attorney protect your interests, your rights and your liberty.

Defending against other white collar crimes

We have also routinely handled cases in the following areas at the state and federal levels:

  • Money laundering — Between $500 billion and $1 trillion in illegal funds are laundered each year through banks all over the world. Terrorists, drug traffickers and others rely on money laundering to transfer funds and cloak their money. Money laundering is considered a threat to the U.S. tax system and this felony carries severe punishments, depending on the amount of money involved. The burden of proof is with the prosecution, that is, the government, and investigations can take a very long time.
  • Racketeering — Racketeering is a felony crime and involves committing, attempting to commit, aiding or forcing a person to commit an offense for financial gain, including violation of the tobacco products act, natural resources and environmental protection act, public health code, social welfare act, Medicaid false claim act, Minnesota gaming control and revenue act, and other laws. At the federal level, anti-racketeering laws apply as well.
  • Consumer fraud and misrepresentation — More than 30 types of conduct are prohibited as unfair and deceptive when committed in trade or commerce under the Minnesota Consumer Protection Act.
  • Embezzlement — Under Minnesota law, if the money or personal property embezzled has a value up to $200, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in prison, a fine up to $500 or three times the value of the money or property embezzled, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and a fine. If the value exceeds $200 but is not greater than $1,000, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine up to $2,000 or three times the value of the money or property embezzled, whichever is greater, or both imprisonment and the fine. If there are prior convictions, penalties escalate.
  • Counterfeiting/consumer goods — Forgery is a felony, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. It includes making, altering, forging or counterfeiting documents (such as public records, deeds, powers of attorney, bills and notes) or products (such as fake labels on clothing and handbags, computers, and even food).
  • Extortion — Forcing someone to give you money is a felony, punishable by time in a Minnesota state prison up to 20 years or by a fine up to $10,000.
  • Mail and wire fraud — Using the U.S. Postal Service for financial gain includes a scheme to defraud and a mailing to carry out the scheme. A conviction could result in substantial fines and up to 20 years in prison or both. Wire fraud is similar and carries similar punishments. If a financial institution is affected in either situation, the person convicted can be fined up to $1 million, face imprisonment up to 30 years or both. Mail and wire fraud are federal crimes.
  • Smuggling/human trafficking — The transport of goods, drugs or humans could lead to a smuggling charge. There could be consequences at both the state and federal level.

State and federal laws are complex and only a discussion of your particular case can give you a straightforward assessment of your options.

Let an experienced defense attorney protect you against punishment for white collar crime

At Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC in Minneapollis, we have the investigative and trial skills necessary to advocate for you before state and federal courts. Call us now for your free initial consultation at (612) 605-6020 or contact us online.