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White Collar Crime

If you are facing criminal charges for forgery, identify theft, fraud, bribery, writing bad checks, conspiracy, bank fraud, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, deceptive business practices, money laundering, illegal gambling, internet crimes, embezzlement or any other type of white collar criminal charges in Dayton, it is important to contact a tough and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The term “white collar” is often associated with light punishments or short prison sentences. However, the state prosecutor will aggressively pursue their case against you as they with any other criminal offense.

If you have been charged with a white collar crime in Dayton, you could potentially face serious penalties and punishments, such as a criminal record, jail or prison sentence, an inability to pursue certain jobs or occupations, a loss of certain professional licenses, and/or steep fines.

It is important to know that your charge does not have to result in a conviction; the prosecutor has the highest burden of proof to show you committed the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This is often difficult to satisfy, and if the judge or just has any doubt you committed every element to the crime, the charges against you may be reduced or even dismissed. Therefore, it is important to contact a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in Dayton to begin crafting your best legal strategy as soon as possible.

Dayton White Collar Crime Lawyer

Contact the Joslyn Law Firm for a consultation today about your alleged white collar crime offense throughout the areas of Dayton, Kettering, Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua, Springfield, Beavercreek and Fairborn. Brian Joslyn is knowledgeable in all areas of white collar crimes in Ohio and will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome for your particular situation. Contact the Joslyn Law Firm for a free consultation at (614) 444-1900 if you have been charged with a white collar crime throughout Dayton, Ohio.


Dayton White Collar Crime Information Center


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White Collar Crimes in Dayton

  • Forgery – Ohio Rev. Code § 2913.31 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they commit any of the following for the purpose of defrauding another person or for the facilitation of a fraud:
    • Forge another person’s writing without their authority,
    • Forge any writing to make it appear genuine,
    • Forge an identification card, or
    • Sell a forged identification card.
    Forgery is generally punishable as a misdemeanor of the first degree, felony of the fifth degree, felony of the fourth degree, felony of the third degree or felony of the second degree.
  • Identity Theft or Fraud – Ohio Rev. Code § 2913.49 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they use, obtain or possess another person’s personally identifying information without that person’s express or implied consent. The alleged offender must also have the intent to pretend to be that person or represent the identifying information as their own.
    Identify fraud or identity theft is punishable as a felony of the fifth degree, felony of the fourth degree, felony of the second degree or felony of the first degree.
  • Medicaid Fraud – Ohio Rev. Code § 2913.40 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they knowingly make or cause to be made a false or misleading statement or representation in order to receive reimbursement or to use the medical assistance program.
    Medicaid fraud is generally punishable as a felony of the fifth degree, felony of the fourth degree or felony of the third degree.
  • Insurance Fraud – Ohio Rev. Code § 2913.47 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they commit either of the following with the purpose to defraud or knowing they are facilitating a fraud:
    • Present an insurer any statement in support of an application for insurance, a claim for payment under a policy, or a claim for any other benefit under a policy knowing the statement is false or deceptive; or
    • Assist, aid, abet, solicit, conspire or procure with another person to prepare or make any statement intended to be presented to an insurer in support of an application for insurance, a claim for payment under a policy, or a claim for any other benefit under a policy knowing the statement is false or deceptive.
    Insurance fraud is punishable as a misdemeanor if the first degree, felony of the fifth degree, felony of the fourth degree or felony of the third degree.
  • Extortion – Ohio Rev. Code § 2905.11 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they menace, expose, or threaten to expose any information that is damaging to another person’s business or personal reputation or credit. An individual can also be charged with this offense if they threaten to commit any violent crime or felony in order to obtain anything of value or to induce another person to commit an unlawful act.
    Extortion is generally punishable as a felony of the third degree.
  • Engaging in Corrupt Activity – Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.32 – An individual can be charged with this offense if they participate in or conduct corrupt activity when they are employed by or are associated with any enterprise.
    Engaging in corrupt activity is generally punishable as a felony of the second degree or a felony of the first degree.

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Dayton Penalties for White Collar Crimes

The basic statutory penalties for a white collar offense, as defined in the Ohio Revised Code, are as follows:

  • An individual that has been charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree white collar crime can face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
  • An individual that has been charged with a felony of the fifth degree white collar crime can face a prison sentence ranging from six to 12 months and/or a fine up to $2,500.
  • An individual that has been charged with a felony of the fourth degree white collar crime can face a prison sentence ranging from six to 18 months and/or a fine up to $5,000.
  • An individual that has been charged with a felony of the third degree white collar crime can face a prison sentence ranging from one to five years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • An individual that has been charged with a felony of the second degree white collar crime can face a prison sentence ranging from two to eight and/or a fine up to $15,000.
  • An individual that has been charged with a felony of the first degree white collar crime can face a prison sentence ranging from three to ten years and/or a fine up to $20,000.

Additionally, many white collar crime offenses can result in mandatory prison terms, criminal forfeiture of real and personal property, payment of court costs, restitution, and/or payment of additional costs and fees.


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Federal White Collar Offenses

Many white collar crimes are also commonly prosecuted as federal offenses, which can result in greater punishments and repercussions than Ohio white collar criminal offenses. Commonly prosecuted federal white collar crimes can include:

  • RICO – Also known as Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations or racketeering, this is one of the most familiar types of federal white collar crimes. An individual can be charged with this offense under Title 18 of the United States Code §§ 1961-1968, which was enacted to prosecute individuals or organizations committing at least two criminal acts within a 10-year period associated with racketeering activity that involves interstate commerce.
  • Insider Trading – An individual can be charged with this form of white collar crime if they disclose a company’s non-public information for their own personal financial gain. Individuals charged with this offense are commonly agents or employees of a company.
  • Ponzi Schemes – An individual can be charged with this white collar offense if they take money from investors for their personal financial gain. Individuals who are charged with these offenses are often money investment managers or other types of financial planners.
  • Mail Fraud – An individual can be charged with this white collar offense if, through the use of the United States Postal Service, they commit a fraud against another person in order to obtain their money or property.
  • Wire Fraud – An individual can be charged with this type of white collar offense if they commit a fraudulent activity through the use of a wire that crosses state lines, such as the internet, a radio or telephones.

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White Collar Crime Resources in Dayton

Ohio Revised Code – Chapter 2913 of the Ohio Revised Code defines many white collar crimes and penalties in Ohio, including forgery, identity theft or fraud, insurance fraud and Medicaid fraud.

Ohio Attorney General – Identity Theft – This link provides information on identity theft in Ohio, frequently asked questions about identity theft, and how identity theft offenses are investigated by Ohio law enforcement.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – A federal government agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) protects investors from white collar crimes throughout the U.S. and regulates the nation’s financial markets.

The FBI White Collar Crime Division – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) White Collar Crime Division provides information about many white crime offenses, including current scams, prevention tactics, and current FBI white collar crime initiatives.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Dayton Financial Fraud Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a white collar offense throughout the areas of Montgomery County, Miami County, Clark County and Greene County, contact the Joslyn Law Firm today. Brian Joslyn is an aggressive Dayton criminal attorney who will make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Contact the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 today for a free consultation about your alleged white collar offense in Dayton.

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