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White Collar Crime

If you are facing fraud, identity theft, bribery, writing bad checks, conspiracy, bank fraud, money laundering, deceptive business practices, money laundering, illegal gambling, internet crimes, embezzlement or any other type of white collar criminal charges in Dallas, it is essential to contact a tough and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The phrase “white collar” is often associated with easy punishments or less harsh sentences. Don’t let this phrase fool you. The state prosecutor will prepare their case against you with the same amount of vigor as applied to violent criminal offenses.

If you have been charged with a white collar offense, your future hangs in the balance of every decision you make. You could potentially face very serious penalties and punishments for both misdemeanor and felony white collar offenses, including a criminal record, jail or prison sentence and/or steep fines.

Regardless if you have been charged with a state or federal white collar crime, the prosecutor has the highest burden of proof to show you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Your experienced criminal defense lawyer in Dallas will make every effort to create your best defense and ensure the prosecution does not satisfy their burden of proof.

Dallas White Collar Crime Lawyer

If you have been charged with a white collar crime in Dallas, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas, including Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Plano, McKinney, Fort Worth,Decatur, Terrell, Weatherford, Sherman, Rockwall, Burleson, Waxahachie, Arlington, Mesquite, Carrolton, Richardson, Lewisville or Frisco, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.

Attorney Richard McConathy will make every effort to fight the allegations against you and help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged crime. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy for a free consultation at (972) 233-5700 about your alleged white collar crime.


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White Collar Crime Offenses in Dallas

White collar crimes are usually considered nonviolent and illegal activities that involve deceit, manipulation, breach of trust or concealment. Often the victims of white collar crimes have been so minimally affected they don’t even realize a crime has been committed against them. Some of the most common white collar crimes are listed below:

According to section 32.21 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can be charged with forgery if they alter, make, complete, execute or authenticate a writing with the intent to defraud or harm another person. This offense is generally punishable as a Class A misdemeanor, state jail felony or felony of the third degree.

An individual can be charged with insurance fraud under Texas Penal Code § 35.02 if they commit an act in support of a claim for payment under an insurance policy with the intent to defraud or deceive an insurer. This offense can result in a conviction ranging from a Class C misdemeanor to a felony of the first degree.

An individual can be charged with credit card fraud under Texas Penal Code § 32.31 if they:

  • Present a credit card or debit card with the intent to obtain some benefit knowing the card was not his and without the consent of the owner,
  • Present a credit or debit card with the intent to obtain some benefit knowing the card was expired, revoked or cancelled,
  • Use a fake credit or debit card or fake credit or debit card number with the intent to obtain a benefit,
  • Knowingly receives a benefit from credit card fraud,
  • Steal a credit or debit card,
  • Knowingly receive a stolen credit card with the intent to use it, sell it, or give it to another person who is not the rightful owner,
  • Buy a credit or debit card from a person he knows is not the issuer of the credit card,
  • Sell a credit or debit card and is not the issuer of the card,
  • Use a credit or debit card for his own benefit the rightful cardholder is financially unable to pay,
  • Possess a credit or debit card with the intent to use it when he is not the rightful owner and does not have the rightful owner’s consent, and/or
  • Possess two or more incomplete credit or debit cards that have not been issued to him with the intent to complete the cards without the owner’s consent.

 This offense is generally punishable as a state jail felony or a felony of the third degree.

According to Tex. Penal Code § 32.51, an individual can be charged with identity theft if they obtain, possess, transfer or use and of the following the intent to harm or defraud another person:

  • Identifying information of another person without their consent,
  • A deceased person’s information that would be identifying if they were alive, and/or
  • Identifying information of a person who is younger than 18 years old.

This offense is generally punishable as a state jail felony, felony of the third degree, felony of the second degree or felony of the first degree.

An individual can be charged with money laundering under section 34.02 of the Texas Penal Code if they knowingly:

  • Acquire or maintain an interest in, conceal, possess, transfer or transports the proceeds of criminal activity;
  • Conduct, supervise or facilitate a transaction involving the proceeds of criminal activity;
  • Invest, expend, receive, or offer to invest, expend or receive the proceeds of criminal activity or funds they believe are the proceeds of criminal activity; or
  • Finance or invest, or intent to finance or invest funds they believe are intended to further the commission of criminal activity.

This offense is generally punishable as a state jail felony, felony of the third degree, felony of the second degree or felony of the first degree.


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Penalties in Dallas for White Collar Crime

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code defines the penalties associated with white collar offenses in Texas. Although these are the basic statutory penalties, an individual may receive greater punishments depending on the type of offense they committed, whether they have any criminal history, if the offense was committed against an elderly person, the number of individuals affected by the offense, and the value stolen or used during the commission of the criminal act.

  • A conviction for a Class C misdemeanor white collar crime can result in a fine up to $500.
  • A conviction for a Class B misdemeanor white collar crime can result in a jail sentence up to 180 days and/or a fine up to $2,000.
  • A conviction for a Class A misdemeanor white collar crime can result in a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $4,000.
  • A conviction for a state jail felony white collar crime can result in a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • A conviction for a felony of the third degree white collar crime can result in a prison sentence ranging from two to ten years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • A conviction for a felony of the second degree white collar crime can result in a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • A conviction for a felony of the first degree white collar crime can result in a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.

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Federal White Collar Crime Charges

Many white collar crime offenses can be prosecuted as either Texas state crimes or federal crimes. Generally white collar crimes involving interstate commerce are specifically federal crimes.

Some of the most commonly prosecuted white collar federal crimes are listed below.

  • RICO, or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, is a federal law enacted to punish an individual or group committing two criminal acts associated with racketeering activity within a ten year period as defined under title 18 of the United States Code §§ 1961-1968.
  • Another common federal crime is mail fraud, which is codified in 18 USC § 1341. This offense requires a scheme to defraud someone of money or property through the use of the United States Postal Service or a private mail carrier, such as UPS or Fed Ex. 
  • Wire fraud is similar to mail fraud, but generally involves any type of fraud through the use of a wire, such as internet, radio or telephone that crosses state lines.  This crime is very broad and is usually easy for prosecutors to make a case against an alleged offender.
  • An individual can be accused of bankruptcy fraud if they hide assets or other information in a federal bankruptcy action. 
  • Securities fraud generally occurs when a securities agency or company fails to disclose all of their activities to investors or analysts.  This type of fraud is also known as insider trading.
  • Ponzi Schemes often occur when an investment manager takes money from new investors to pay old ones, as opposed to investing the money as promised.

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Dallas Resources for White Collar Crime

The FBI White Collar Crime Division – The Federal Bureau of Investigation White Collar Crime Division’s website lists many white collar crime scams, how to prevent being a victim of white collar crime, current white collar initiatives and the Most Wanted white collar crime offender list.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is a federal government agency that aims to protect investors from white collar offenses and regulates the nation’s financial markets.

Texas Penal Code – Fraud – Chapter 32 of Title 7 of the Texas Penal Code defines many white collar offenses, including fraud, forgery, credit card fraud, identity theft, and writing bad checks, in addition to the penalties for committing such offenses.


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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Fort Worth White Collar Offense Attorney

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your alleged white collar crime throughout Dallas County in Texas. Richard McConathy is an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney who will make every effort to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your particular situation.

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 for a consultation about your alleged white collar offense throughout Dallas County in Texas and the surrounding counties of Denton County, Collin County, Tarrant County,Wise County, Kaufman County, Parker County, Grayson County, Rockwall County, Johnson County and Ellis County.


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