Many people think of the head of a business when they think of white collar crime. However, other individuals may face these accusations as well.
Businesses in South Carolina and across the country often entrust employees with monetary responsibilities. When a business owner discovers any financial discrepancies, he or she may begin looking for someone to blame. Many individuals have been accused of a crime under similar circumstances. A pharmacy technician in South Carolina has been accused of embezzlement following a recent audit at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
Two women are facing federal charges after claiming ties to a celebrity in an attempt to gain investors. Promising major returns to anyone involved, they managed to gain over $300,000 in a recent wire fraud case in South Carolina. Both are facing up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
When South Carolina residents face accusations of financial misconduct, they may want to be proactive and consult with legal counsel to discuss the possibility of charges being filed and the legal proceedings that will follow. Embezzlement is one of the white collar crimes that is often filed against employees of businesses. It applies to accusations of misappropriating funds in a position of responsibility or trust when handling company assets.
The St. Paul's Fire District Commission requested the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division to investigate irregularities that became apparent after audits. The Federal Bureau of Investigation joined the investigation that led to the arrest of three individuals on charges of fraud and embezzlement of federal funds. A Charleston Grand Jury recently indicted the three accused individuals.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina reported that a 56-year-old Spartanburg man would serve two years federal incarceration. This followed an indictment of five counts of wire fraud. Upon his release from prison, he will serve a further three years on supervised release. He was accused of running a type of Ponzi scheme in which he defrauded his clients of more than $3 million.
A 45-year-old South Carolina man who is employed as a codes enforcement officer by the city of Greenville is facing conspiracy charges. Sometimes, financial difficulties can cause employees in trusted positions to commit white collar crimes that could have devastating consequences. This man is accused of forging special event permits in exchange for payments.
Residents of South Carolina may not realize that their legal rights start even before they are arrested. Any person who suspects that he or she is being investigated regarding accusations of white collar crimes is entitled to be proactive and seek legal counsel before formal charges are filed. A skilled attorney can prepare an individual for what to expect if an arrest takes place, and also focus on protecting the client's rights from the onset.
In South Carolina -- as in other states -- there are some requirements for minority participation in publicly funded projects. However, there have been several cases in recent years in which construction company owners were prosecuted for taking advantage of opportunities to enrich themselves by using minority businesses as fronts. Federal prosecutors recently indicted a group of people in the construction industry in South Carolina on allegations of this type of fraud.
White collar crimes do not necessarily involve large amounts of money. In a case in which a South Carolina woman recently pleaded guilty to embezzlement of public funds, the amount of money involved was no more than $2,300. Of this figure, a portion was recovered -- leaving the woman with $1,395 to pay in restitution.