White-collar crimes refer to non-violent offenses committed for financial gain, typically by professionals or businesspeople. In Texas, white-collar crimes include various offenses, such as:
- Embezzlement: The act of stealing funds or property entrusted to one’s care, often by an employee or executive of a company.
- Fraud: Intentionally deceiving another person or entity for financial gain, including identity theft, investment fraud, healthcare fraud, and insurance fraud.
- Money Laundering: The act of concealing the origins of money obtained illegally through a series of transactions to make it appear legitimate.
- Forgery: The act of creating or altering a document with the intent to deceive others, often for financial gain. This can take the form of “forgery of a financial instrument,” if it is alleged that currency is altered or counterfeited.
- Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information: The fraudulent use of identifying information is a criminal offense in Texas that involves the use of someone else’s personal information without their consent with the intent to harm, defraud, or threaten another person.
- “Texas Money Services Act Violations” – A regulatory offense which makes illegal the receipt of a fee in connection with a monetary transaction, without a license.
These crimes can carry serious consequences, including imprisonment, fines, restitution, and damage to one’s professional reputation.