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What Do You Want To Know About White Collar Crime Investigations?

At Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, our attorneys answer questions about many subjects every day.

Below are some common questions about white collar investigations that can help clients prepare to navigate this phase of a criminal defense case.

Who conducts white collar crime investigations?

Federal agencies are often involved because of the interstate and international nature of many white collar crimes. If you or an organization that you are part of is under investigation, the investigators may be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a state or local law enforcement or regulatory agency, and/or a private investigation firm.

What typically triggers a white collar crime investigation?

Many circumstances can lead to a white collar crime investigation. When auditors of a business or government body detect financial irregularities, they may pry into accounts and discover a need for an investigation. In other cases, whistleblowers may bring losses and loose processes to the attention of authorities who then launch investigations.

What are investigations about Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) violations like?

RICO violations often involve intricate, ongoing criminal schemes that cross state lines and international borders. Investigators from both state and federal government agencies often join forces and collaborate closely with prosecutors. A potential defendant will need to be ready to combat allegations that may come from a well-coordinated investigation.

What do investigators look for in money laundering investigations?

The FBI or another agency or private firm will typically start by trying to identify money mules, facilitators of illicit transactions and complicit financial institutions. If you have a defense attorney early in your money laundering case, they can research ways to combat misleading information and otherwise uncover holes in the alleged evidence against you.

When should someone who may be charged with a white collar crime contact a defense attorney?

Anyone who is or can become a suspect in a white collar crime investigation should get legal advice as soon as possible, without hesitation. Whether you have just heard rumors, have received a letter from a federal agency or are already named in a grand jury investigation, you need a knowledgeable defense lawyer’s help. At Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A., we can monitor the progress of an investigation and seek opportunities for a pretrial resolution.

What Answers Are You Looking For?

Meet with the defense team at Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A., to discuss your own questions about white collar crime investigations, charges and defense strategies.

Call us in Fort Lauderdale at 954-355-7286 or send an email inquiry.