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White collar crimes include racketeering (RICO), extortion, embezzlement, credit card fraud, bribery, forgery, fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, insurance fraud, mail fraud, false advertising, tax fraud, insider trading, identity theft, pyramid schemes, public corruption and antitrust violations.

You’ll notice the common denominator: all these are crimes designed to bring in money by illegal means. Some are tried in state courts, but many are federal crimes, punishable in federal court. If you’re charged with one, you need experienced and committed legal representation as soon as possible.

The attorneys at Katz & Phillips have successfully defended clients against white collar crime charges many times before. We know the factors that might make a difference when your case is presented to a judge and jury.

We think outside the box, and we’ll work hard to come up with strategies and a defense that can exonerate you.

At the very least, we’ll try to have the charges against you reduced. Call Katz & Phillips today for a consultation with one of our attorneys if you even think the state of Florida might be looking your way or investigating you for one of these serious crimes. The sooner we begin working on your case, the greater our odds of a successful outcome.

Our expertise in white collar crime defense

Some violations that are commonly charged as Anti Trust violations include price fixing, bid rigging, vendor lock-in, market allocation and tying. These are complex actions that can involve numerous individuals. Federal officials generally spend considerable time researching and investigating these violations prior to charging someone. When a federal agency determines that a business has illegally attempted to control market share by failing to allow open competition, the company and its principals may be charged with antitrust violations.

If your business or executives are facing these charges, contact an Orlando federal crimes defense attorney for immediate help to safeguard your company. Katz & Phillips, P.A. can take an aggressive and resourceful approach to defend against the charge you are facing, to protect you and your business and reputation. Contact our firm today to find out what actions must be immediately applied.

Federal charges could change your life forever if you do not protect yourself from the prosecution with the help of an attorney. Bank fraud is charged federally and considered a “white collar” crime. Those convicted of bank fraud could be facing up to a $1,000,000 fine and up to 30 years in prison.

The following offenses are types of bank fraud:

  • Identity theft
  • Check fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Loan fraud

At Katz & Phillips, P.A., our attorneys have helped many to overcome bank fraud charges. In some cases, they are able to get the charges dropped or lessened drastically. It takes skilled legal experience specific to federal cases to bring a successful case outcome.

Your future and your life are worth contacting an attorney from our firm. We always keep our clients updated and informed on their cases and our attorneys will be helpful and determined regarding your case. A free consultation of your case may help you tremendously.

When you make a charge on a credit card that’s not yours, it’s fraud. You’re deceiving both the owner of the account and the credit card company. If you only do this once and you charge no more than $100, it’s a first degree misdemeanor under Florida law.

However, if you make charges twice within six months, or if the cost to the lender and to the credit card holder is more than $100, you’re looking at a third degree felony. That’s a big jump and it’s not something you should try to work out on your own. There may be extenuating circumstances and the situation really isn’t as it appears on the surface to law enforcement officials.

What if your boyfriend gave you carte blanche with his credit card, then you broke up? He could claim that the transactions you made were fraudulent. You may have believed that you had permission to use a credit card when you did not. At Katz & Phillips, we know how easily these sorts of situations can get out of hand — and the legal repercussions can ruin your future.

Forgery is defined in the Florida Code as falsely making, altering, forging or counterfeiting documents ranging from a check for payment to an insurance policy or deed. It is considered a white collar crime, but that does not mean it is not serious. Forgery is a third degree felony in the state of Florida, punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

If and when someone presses charges against you or the state becomes aware of your action, the prosecutor will try to prove that you acted maliciously when you altered the document you are accused of tampering with. The lawyers at Katz & Phillips will work hard to prevent that from happening. Such problems can easily happen to any one of us, and we will give you and your case the respect you deserve.

Fraud can involve credit cards, the Internet, or the postal service. It includes forgery, embezzlement and racketeering.

Unlike some crimes, such as DUI, arrests for fraud do not generally occur because a law enforcement official caught you in the act. They are the result of months of intensive investigation. Fraud is not a charge you should think of defending on your own. Your defense must be as in-depth as the case against you.

If you have not been charged yet, but you believe an arrest might be imminent, call the attorneys at Katz & Phillips so we can get to work on your behalf immediately. If you have been charged, it is not too late for us to make a difference. We will aggressively build a case that can make a difference between the worst penalties or reduced charges, and possibly even dismissal of the charges against you.

Identity theft is the act of pretending to be someone else, particularly for monetary gain. If you use someone else’s Social Security number to apply for an auto loan, you can be charged with identity theft. If you make purchases online with someone else’s credit card number, you can be charged with identity theft.

If you are facing criminal charges for identity theft, you need an experienced attorney to tackle your defense and prove your innocence. You need a lawyer who can creatively and aggressively work past the prosecutor’s presumption that you are guilty.

Insurance fraud occurs when someone receives payment from an insurance company for fraudulent reasons. There is a wide variety in insurance fraud that occurs on a yearly basis – in some cases it could be exaggerating on a claim to get more than the claim is actually worth or it could even be causing a staged car accident to get the insurance money.

Insurance fraud causes large companies millions of dollars every year – which is why law enforcement officers are so insistent on cracking down on those they believe to be fraudulent behaving. Unfortunately, this can lead to many people suffering from charges for crimes that they did not commit.

At Katz & Phillips we are prepared to help you defend your legal rights. Just because an insurance company does not want to pay does not mean that you should be accused of insurance fraud.

It’s a crime to take money from someone by fraudulent means, but if you involve the United States Postal Service in the transaction, charges of fraud escalate to a federal crime.

When you’re charged with a federal offense such as mail fraud, this is no time to think about representing yourself or using a public defender. The downside is simply too great – you may be looking at spending nearly half your life in jail. You need the best, most experienced, most qualified legal representation you can find.

The attorneys at Katz & Phillips have handled mail fraud cases and other federal court crimes many times before. We’ll use our experience to fight the charges against you. We’re not intimidated by the federal court system. We’ll tackle it on your behalf to get you the best possible result.

Money laundering is a federal crime that is vigorously investigated and prosecuted by federal authorities. The activities that produced the illegally obtained money are also generally a crime, and will also be prosecuted separately.

Obtaining qualified and aggressive representation from Katz & Phillips, P.A. can go far towards developing a strong defense on your behalf. We understand that many individuals affected by money laundering charges know nothing about this type of crime and will need personal and dedicated legal representation throughout this difficult time. Contact our firm to get the help you need.

Florida’s RICO statutes allow prosecutors to lump old crimes with more recent infractions so that you might risk up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

RICO is a complex statute, not easily understood. If you’re facing a RICO charge, you need a criminal defense law firm experienced at sorting through the factors and finding possible defenses that can make a difference. Katz & Phillips is such a law firm.

We’ve successfully represented individuals facing RICO charges many times before. The sooner we fight your charges, the greater your odds of a successful result become.

(H3) Tax fraud defense
There are many different things that are legally considered to be tax fraud; these can include falsely representing income that was not earned, hiding away assets, reporting deductions more than you are owed and changing personal expenses towards business expenses.

These cases are complex and require an ability to wade through an immense amount of paper work. They must have an eye for detail and be able to put in the amount of elbow grease that these cases typically require.

Orlando white collar crime defense attorneys are here to help

At Katz and Phillips, we know that these cases are complicated and we are fully devoted to ensuring that our clients are completely defended. Call us as soon as possible, preferably before charges are leveled against you.

If charges have already been leveled it’s not too late. We will meet with you and evaluate your situation so we can come up with the best possible defense. Contact our law firm today so we can help you.

Associations & Accolades
James Phillips and David Katz are both Board Certified DUI Defense Experts. In fact they are two of only four Board Certified DUI Defense Experts practicing in the State of Florida.