Orange County White Collar Crime Lawyer

Defend Your Professional Reputation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines this type of crime as “lying, cheating and stealing” but such a simplified definition is surely not enough to accurately describe the complexities of these federal crimes. A white collar crime is generally defined as a non-violent crime that is usually related to business or political dealings. Often these offenses have to do with theft of finances or misrepresentation in a business or corporate setting. Examples of white collar offenses include:

  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Identity theft
  • Larceny

If you hold a managerial or executive position, part of your job is to maintain your integrity in all matters connected with the business or corporation that employs you. If you are faced with any white collar criminal charges, you could lose your valuable reputation if convicted. If you are aware of any charges or even a possible investigation into any of the above crimes, you should speak with an Orange County criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman as soon as possible.

Examples of White Collar Crimes

Perhaps the most recent example of a white collar crime is Bernie Madoff's elaborate Ponzi scheme. This investment scandal broke in 2008 when the man himself admitted that he was involved in a Wall Street fraud game. It is now known as the largest Ponzi scheme in history. His sentencing? 150 years in prison in addition to $170 billion in restitution for the damages he caused.

Consider the Mafia, which is an organized crime ring. The reason RICO exists is to combat organized crimes such as those committed by members and affiliates of the Mafia. RICO stands for "Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act" which is a component of United States federal law. Another famous fraud offender, Frank Abagnale, even had a movie made after him. In the 1960s, he committed a series of white collar crimes amounting up to $2.5 million, which would amount to even more in the present day. Other famous fraudsters include James Paul Lewis Jr. and Kenneth Lay of the Enron scandal.

Why choose an Orange County criminal attorney to fight for you?

If you need legal assistance because you are facing a corporate criminal charge, please don't hesitate to speak with an attorney who can help you. Most white collar crime cases involve financial records - sometimes over a period of years. At their firm, you can count on them to fully investigate and research your charges in every way necessary.

Your career and your ability to work in the manner in which you are accustomed are very important to you – it should be equally important to your attorney. Their legal team is dedicated to providing every single client with only the best services when it comes to white collar charges. Mr. Bridgman's team has the legal resources necessary to fully handle your case.

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