If you are suspected of committing a white collar crime, then you need to be sure to take action right away to protect yourself. White collar crimes may not be violent acts, but they have serious implications for people all over society. As a result, convictions may result in harsh penalties.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the administration that looks into activities that fall under this category. Those crimes may include acts such as:
- Health care fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Bank fraud
- Money laundering
There are many other crimes that also fall under this category.
What happens during a white collar case investigation?
When it is suspected that someone has committed a crime, the first step is for the FBI to investigate. The investigation involves several steps, like subpoenaing financial records or getting a search warrant, and executing it, in a place of business or in a person’s home.
Investigators normally find out about these crimes through tips from anonymous individuals. Sometimes, the person who comes forward will make themselves known, but those being investigated may not know who the informant is.
Once an investigation begins, you may or may not find out that you’re under investigation. At first, the FBI may just look into your company’s financial records or accounts. If you become a person of interest, then you may be interviewed or the FBI could place a wiretap (with court approval).
How do you know if you’re under investigation?
In most cases, you’ll have an idea that you’re under investigation. For example, you may see that two of your coworkers have been interviewed or that the FBI was at your office. You might be told that you need to turn in certain records or be asked questions yourself.
The FBI won’t necessarily let you know you’re under investigation, because they want you to answer questions and potentially incriminate yourself. If there is enough evidence, you will be arrested.
The moment you believe you’re being investigated, you should start building a defense. It could make the difference between simply being investigated or being arrested for a crime. Know your rights, so you can protect yourself.