White Collar Crime: Dive Down Into Tougher Proposed Legislation

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Any claim that state and federal investigative efforts into white collar crime are lax when compared with other criminal realms has long been debunked. White collar malfeasance in Missouri and nationally has in fact been a major focus of authorities for several years running. We prominently note in our Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry May 10 blog post that there is a “spotlight on corporate wrongdoing, specifically executives’ alleged acts of financial fraud.” Public opinion broadly perceives that entry-level and intermediate-tier employees are routinely punished for alleged acts of white …

Already Spotlighted Criminal Sphere Now Receives Even Closer Focus

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Friday, May 10, 2019. There’s no question that the legal realm of white collar crime has received progressively more attention in recent years in Missouri and nationally. That has been especially true since the meltdown of the nation’s financial markets a few short years ago. The aftermath of that frightful scare put a marked spotlight on corporate wrongdoing, specifically executives’ alleged acts of financial fraud. A growing public sentiment over the past decade has coalesced around a belief that, while rank-and-file company workers (e.g., lower-level employees and middle managers) are being …

Focus on IRS CI Division, its role in investigating financial crime

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Monday, November 19, 2018. The IRS might look a bit skeletal these day when compared to prior years. The agency formerly commanded a bigger budget and could routinely assign high numbers of special agents to cases involving financial crimes. The nation’s paramount tax crimes investigatory and enforcement arm readily concedes that it is not as deep-pocketed and well-staffed as it used to be. Nonetheless, it sends out warning signals cautioning would-be wrongdoers to think twice about trying to advantage of a perceived weakness. Here’s why. Reportedly, the …

Although Curbed Presently, IRS Tax-Fraud Reach Still Vast

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Don’t underestimate the power and reach of the Internal Revenue Service. Many people who have now spend copious amounts of time thinking about their miscalculation – from prison cells. Legions of criminal suspects find out fast just how serious investigators and law enforcers can be when it comes to the federal crime realm. We note on our website at the established St. Louis criminal defense law firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry that “the federal government has a wealth of resources at its disposal.” Moreover, the charges that …

Considerations Relevant To White Collar Representation, Sentencing

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Friday, September 21, 2018. The complexities surrounding an incident in which a confirmed violent person sticks a gun in a bank teller’s face in front of a crowd and demands money might be, well, absent. That certainty attached to behavior and a criminal offense is not similarly apparent concerning many so-called white collar crimes. Indeed, we note on our website at the established St. Louis criminal defense law firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry that, “Individuals who are accused of white collar crime rarely set out to break the law.” Their …

Federal Drug Case Spotlights “Poisonous Tree” Doctrine

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. We suspect that most of our readers in St. Louis and across Missouri and other states have a healthy respect for police officers driving anywhere near them on streets and freeways. That is, motorists tend to immediately reduce their speed when they see a police car, almost as a knee-jerk reaction. Here’s a question: Have you ever been pulled over after slowing down, even when the speed you were traveling at before letting off the gas was already legal? We didn’t think so. Yet that is precisely …

Material Misconceptions Regarding White Collar Crime

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. We note from long professional experience that many defendants across Missouri and elsewhere facing white collar criminal charges never consciously set out to engage in unlawful behavior. We stress on our website at Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry that “panic regarding cash flow and a ‘slippery slope’ to more serious legal infractions often form the background to many of these types of cases.” That inside perspective on white collar crime psychology and motivation is often echoed in national reports and studies. A Washington Post article notes, for example, …

Developments Point Toward Greater White Collar Crime Scrutiny

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. One thing we know as being unquestionably true about white collar criminal activity in Missouri and nationally is that the already broad scope of its investigation by state and federal task forces is progressively increasing. Probes into activities ranging from health care fraud and embezzlement to tax evasion and other alleged offenses readily evidence that. Compared with the efforts of previous years, current investigations are more wide-ranging and better financed. And government attorneys are diligently pursuing convictions and harsh sentencing outcomes. A recent in-depth article on a …

Is America’s Proven Emphasis On Long Prison Terms Misguided?

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. “[T]here’s really no sentence that’s too long when it comes to violent offenses,” says an American justice system commentator spotlighting a core belief held by legions of industry principals. That individual stresses that such a view has been “a dominant force in our criminal justice system for over 40 years,” back to the advent of the country’s War on Crime hardline stance against offenders. As a recent BBC article notes, that philosophy has had notable effects. It has led to more people being imprisoned in the U.S. …

IRS Program Shutdown Might Bring Even Harsher Enforcement Penalties

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Many thousands of Americans with overseas financial holdings have long chafed under the IRS collection initiative termed the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. Since the OVDP was launched in 2009, 56,000-plus taxpayers have reportedly stepped forward to comply with its reporting requirements in lieu of risking harsher sanctions for not doing so. The IRS states that it has collected more than $11 billion through the program. And now it is scheduled to terminate, with September 28 being its announced cut-off date. It would be sheer understatement to note …