On the one hand, the Obama administration has secured kudos for the role that federal prosecutors have played in cracking down on mega companies in large-scale white collar criminal and civil cases since the president first took office.
Don’t do the crime if you can't do the time.
Regular readers of this blog may recall that back in August of last year we highlighted that the U.S. Sentencing Commission anticipated focusing more attention on revising federal guidelines related to convictions in white-collar crime cases. As a result of the panel's efforts, there is some growing anticipation that penalties for certain financial crimes could be reduced in some instances.
During the housing boom of the early 2000s, North Carolinians along with the rest of the nation, scrambled to invest in real estate. As home values continued to steadily increase, purchasing a home was considered one of the most sound and smartest ways to invest money. However, during the mid-2000s as the housing bubble began to burst, millions of U.S. homeowners were suddenly strapped with underwater mortgages and facing foreclosure.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice took steps to retroactively reduce the sentences of many nonviolent drug offenders. Reasons cited for the decision included a stance that mandatory drug sentencing guidelines were bias, discriminatory and overly punitive in nature.
For many people, owning a home is a big part of the American dream. A decade ago, purchasing a home was viewed as a smart financial move as home values continued to steadily increase. However, with the collapse of the housing market in 2007 home values, along with the rest of U.S. economy, began to plummet.
People facing charges for white collar crime in North Carolina will be interested to learn about a recent push for changes in federal sentencing laws for certain financial crimes. The suggested changes could reduce the penalties imposed on people convicted of white collar offenses such as insider trading, fraud and embezzlement.
The adoptive parents of a missing North Carolina girl are facing federal fraud charges in connection to her disappearance. It is still not clear what became of the girl, whose brother reported her missing last year.
A former employee of the North Carolina A&T University Foundation has been arrested and charged with embezzlement as well as a number of other white collar crimes, including computer fraud, corporate malfeasance and obtaining property by false pretenses. The foundation has accused the employee of using her position within the organization to steal about $400,000 since 2011.
A corporate official in Cabarrus County was recently arrested for felony tax crimes. The North Carolina woman is accused of aiding and abetting her corporation to misappropriate over half a million dollars in taxes for the personal use of the company. She faces three embezzlement charges for her alleged white collar crimes.