While not as widely discussed as violent crimes, white-collar crimes happen every day, and require the assistance of experienced Michigan white-collar criminal defense lawyers. Typically, the media covers only high profile white-collar crime cases. Yet each day, people in the business and corporate world are accused and convicted of offenses like embezzlement, bribery, and extortion.

Bernie Madoff is an example of a highly publicized white-collar criminal. Once a successful stockbroker, Madoff created an elaborate Ponzi scheme to divest investors of billions of dollars. Even in Michigan, though, crimes like fraud and blackmail occur. Consider the following recent news stories about white-collar crime in Michigan:

?         December 15, 2010: The former mayor of Detroit faces accusations of extortion, bribery, and abuse of power. Along with his father and three others, former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick also faces federal racketeering charges.  Only a knowledgeable white-collar criminal lawyer in Michigan can defend the former mayor, and possibly reduce the charges he faces.

?         May 17, 2011: Police arrest three men for a variety of white-collar crimes. Initially, a casino consultant and an out-of-state businessman were charged with wire fraud, theft, and misappropriating investments. The head of the Michigan Council of Carpenters later face fraud charges.

?         June 14, 2011: Fraud costs Medicare approximately $60 billion dollars each year. Recently, Muhammed Azeem, a Michigan man, fled the country after accusations of defrauding Medicare out of $18 million dollars. His actions resulted in the posting of his name and photo on the national most-wanted Medicare fugitives list. If Mr. Azeem returns to the country, he will need to hire a seasoned team of Michigan white-collar crime lawyers.

?         June 16, 2011: An investigation is underway in Lowell to uncover the whereabouts of $90,000 missing from the Lowell Area Schools Athletic Boosters. The state police are currently working on the case, and recently issued a warrant to search the home of the treasurer of the board.  If convicted of embezzlement charges, the treasurer may face costly fines and jail time.

Experienced white-collar crime lawyers

If you face criminal charges, you need an attorney who can stand up to the prosecution and protect your rights.  To arrange a consultation with a skilled Michigan attorney, contact Ribitwer & Sabbota, LLP today.

While not as widely discussed as violent crimes, white-collar crimes happen every day, and require the assistance of experienced Michigan white-collar criminal defense lawyers. Typically, the media covers only high profile white-collar crime cases.

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