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White Collar Crimes Archives

Understanding copyright

Copyright laws are complicated, and their application varies from case to case. However, it is important for people in New York to understand the basic tenants of copyright law in order to avoid unintentional infringement. According to Business Dictionary, copyright is a protection granted to the creator of an original work which prohibits any other person from recreating or using that work publicly without the author's permission. This protection applies to music, written communication, dance, movies, art and similar works. One of the few cases in which a work does not belong to the author is in an employment setting. If an employ creates something for a job, that work is generally considered the property of the company for which it was generated.

Handling accusations of identity theft

If you have been charged with identity theft, you may be struggling with a myriad of issues. Aside from stress and strong emotions, you could be worried about how the allegations will impact your future or whether you will have to spend time behind bars. At Sapone & Petrillo, we know all too well how damaging these charges can be for people who live in New York. To make things even worse, some people are falsely accused of identity theft and other white collar crimes that they never committed.

Reviewing federal bribery regulations

People taking a few dollars “under the table” for a favor to be granted later may be something that is often joked about in New York. The truth, however, is that federal officials take accusations of bribery very seriously. Indeed, according to information shared in the United States Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Report, there were 418 cases of official corruption involving 575 defendants filed in 2015 alone. A federal bribery conviction can carry with it stiff penalties. The question is when is it lawful for a transaction involving an official to be conducted?

When insider trading can lead to criminal liability

As a center for global trade, New York has long been a place of opportunity. But the pursuit of financial success can come with a high cost when the SEC gets involved. Anyone who participates in trading on the stock market should be aware of insider trading laws and how to avoid running afoul of them.

What is white collar crime?

You may have heard the term “white collar crime” in the past (particularly given New York City’s association with global financial markets), yet do truly know what it means? Many may believe that it involves sophisticated crimes committed by savvy business people who, if caught, are sent away to resort-style federal prisons. While there may indeed be some grains of truth in that assumption, law enforcement officials take white collar crimes very seriously, often meting out punishments for them that can rival those imposed on violent criminals.

Tax fraud vs. tax negligence: What's the difference?

In our last post, we talked about tax fraud and how the legal consequences associated with such a crime often are only part of the total punishment. On a personal level, someone charged or convicted of tax fraud can suffer immensely. On a professional level, an individual's credibility can forever be tarnished. Tax fraud is an incredibly serious offense, and anyone accused of this crime needs to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to defend their case and uphold their rights.

Tax evasion may seem harmless but has steep consequences

Doing taxes is not fun for most New Yorkers and it’s even less so when money is due to the government. As tempting as it may be to lie or omit certain information in order to pay less in taxes, getting caught doing so can result in severe penalties.

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