Understanding White Collar Crime

Understanding White Collar Crime

“White collar crime” refers to business-related financial crimes. Most white collar crimes involve fraud. The broad definition of fraud is “deliberately deceiving someone else with the intent of causing damage.” The precise elements of fraud are specific to each fraud offense, which are codified in state and federal criminal law statues.

Many different types of criminal activity fall under the purview of white collar crime. Ponzi schemes, Pyramid schemes, and securities fraud such as insider trading are white collar crimes. Identity theft, mortgage fraud, and health care fraud are also white collar crimes.

Conviction of a white collar crime can carry steep penalties, fines, and imprisonment. If you are under investigation, or have been charged with any white collar crime, we urge you to consult with a white collar criminal defense attorney immediately.

Understanding White Collar Crime

Our firm focuses on defending those charged with white collar crimes. We understand the federal and state laws behind fraud prosecutions and we know how to cast doubt on whether a crime was committed. The following is a list of the types of criminal charges we are prepared to defend against. Click on each link for in-depth information.

White Collar Criminal Defense

As a former fraud prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office, Ashley D. Adams understands the government’s tactics and knows how to establish the best possible defense for your case. Even if you are confident that your actions were lawful, we strongly urge you to seek the help of an attorney.

When you hire us, we will thoroughly investigate the evidence and we may be able to dismantle the case against you:

  • Your rights may have been violated during the investigation.
  • The allegations may have been made unfairly against you.
  • In their zeal to prosecute these types of crimes, officials may unfairly target honest people.

We will fight back for you and protect your rights. There is no white collar criminal case that is too complex or too challenging for us. Contact us or call now (480) 219-1366 for a consultation.


The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handle state criminal cases throughout Arizona including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Gilbert, Peoria, Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Chandler, Casa Grande, Florence, Queen Creek, Deer Valley, North Pinal and Sun City as well as those living in and around Maricopa County, Pinal County, Pima County, Yuma County and Yavapai County.

The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handle federal criminal cases throughout the United States, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and California.