White Collar Crimes


The term “white collar crime” does not exist in Florida case law or statute.  The term, which came into being in the last 100 years, is described by the FBI as being “synonymous with the full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals”.   The FBI keeps a running list of scam it is monitoring on its website at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/frauds-from-a-to-z.  While not an exhaustive list, it is quite long:

  • Adoption Scams
  • Advance Fee Schemes
  • Anti-Aging Product Fraud
  • ATM Skimming
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Financial Institution Fraud
  • Foreclosure Fraud
  • Funeral Fraud | Prepaid Funeral Scams
  • Gameover Malware
  • Grandparent Scam
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Hedge Fund Fraud
  • House Stealing
  • Identity Theft
  • Insider Trading
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Internet Fraud
  • Internet Pharmacy Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Jury Duty Scam
  • Letter of Credit Fraud
  • Lottery Scams
  • Mass Marketing Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Natural Disaster Fraud
  • Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud
  • Online Auction Fraud
  • Online Auto Auction Fraud
  • Online Dating Scams
  • Online Rental Housing Scheme
  • Phishing
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Prime Bank Note Fraud
  • Pump-and-Dump Stock Scheme
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Ransomware
  • Redemption/Strawman/Bond Fraud
  • Reverse Mortgage Scams
  • Scareware
  • Securities and Commodities Fraud
  • Senior Citizen Fraud
  • Smishing
  • Social Security Card Fraud
  • Spear Phishing
  • Sports Memorabilia Fraud
  • Staged Auto Accident Fraud
  • Stock Options Backdating
  • Surrogacy Scam
  • Swatting
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Telephone Denial of Service Fraud
  • Timeshare Schemes
  • Vishing
  • Work-at-Home Scams


Due to the large financial losses these schemes have caused, there has been an increased focus by both state and federal law enforcement on such crimes.  Prosecutors have routinely seek long prison sentences for those who commit financial crimes resulting in losses to business and individuals.  Also, we will often see a defendant charged under federal statutes with use of communication devices that cross state lines, which can make a local embezzlement offense a federal matter.  This is typically done as those federal statutes can provide for more severe sanctions.  


If you or someone you love is accused of being involved in any white collar crime, scam or other offense, speak to one our criminal defense attorneys at Silverman, Vorhis & Mack.  We can work to mount a comprehensive legal defense to get you the best possible outcome based on the specific facts of your case.  As soon as you are aware that you are being investigated or might be charged with a white collar offense, call us to talk about your case and your legal options.  Our criminal defense attorneys have handled theft, fraud and other white collar offenses wherein the aggregate of the monies allegedly stolen is in the millions.  We know how to defend you and your legal rights.