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White Collar Crime

"White collar crime" means a criminal charge in which deception or subterfuge is used for financial gain. It covers a wide range of accusations, including fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and others. Charges can be both under Nevada law and federal law.

White collar crime has taken a new place in the spotlight, as U.S. Attorneys and prosecutors pursue accusations of what they say is taking advantage of others or bilking the government. It’s important that your attorney be experienced and able to understand these often-complex criminal accusations.

Las Vegas White Collar Lawyer

Michael Pariente is a former prosecutor and federal public defender who fights for the rights of those accused of financial crimes in Clark County courts – both in state and federal court. He is an aggressive defense attorney who understands how to employ creative defenses on complicated matters.

Michael Pariente will never farm your case out to a less-experienced association. When you hire The Pariente Law Firm, you have a 15-year veteran personally handling all aspects of your case. Call 702-966-5310 today to schedule a consultation.

Michael Pariente represents people in Las Vegas, Paradise, Henderson and anywhere in Clark County.


Financial Crimes Information Center for Clark County


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Federal White Collar Charges in Nevada

Federal prosecutors vigorously pursue white collar charges, and there are a wide variety of financial crime accusations in federal statutes at their disposal.

Any type of fraud that utilizes the mail, telephone lines or over the internet can result in mail fraud or wire fraud charges (18 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1343). Additionally, any accusation that involves defrauding a federal agency or program, including Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, can be charged in federal court.

In many cases, fraud charges go hand-in-hand. For instance, if you are accused of participating in a false billing scheme to defraud Medicare that involved mailing allegedly fake bills in, you can be charged with both Medicare fraud and mail fraud.

Money laundering is also a federal crime. Money laundering, under 18 U.S.C. § 1956, means to engage in a financial transaction involving money from an illegal activity, including the drug trade, in order to conceal the source of the funds. It can also involve money concealed to avoid taxes.

Sometimes, federal prosecutors pursue money laundering and tax evasion accusations to charge people they believe to be engaged in organized crime because the charges are often easier to prove than the underlying crime. This is also the case with charges under the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO.

To represent you on federal charges, your defense attorney must be licensed in federal court. Michael Pariente is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court of Nevada, and is a former federal public defender.


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Embezzlement Under Nevada Law

Embezzlement charges mean that a person was entrusted with money or property and misappropriated it for their own use, under Nevada Revised Statutes § 205.300. Charges are frequently associated with people’s jobs; that they stole money or equipment from their work. It can also include volunteers stealing funds from a nonprofit, and even if someone leases or rents a vehicle and does not return it within 72 hours after it is due.

Embezzlement is charged and punished the same way that theft is: Higher amounts carry a higher punishment. Less than $650 is a misdemeanor, between $650 and $3,500 is a Category C felony and more than $3,500 is a Category B felony. The amount for the charges is the cumulative amount that prosecutors can prove; if you are charged with stealing $100 36 separate times, you will be charged with a Category B felony.


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Fraud Charges in Clark County Courts

Nevada law has a number of fraud charges in Nevada Revised Statutes §§ 205.330-205.460. The statutes cover a broad range of accusations that involve gain through deception or false pretenses.

Mortgage fraud is one of the more common and serious charges. Mortgage lending fraud means being engaged in a mortgage transaction and made a false statement or misrepresentation of material fact, knew about such a statement or misrepresentation, received money from such a transaction, conspired on such a false statement, or filed a document with the county recorder a document containing a false statement or misrepresentation.

Credit card and debit card fraud is a charge that is becoming more prevalent, as more transactions involve cards. Nevada Revised Statutes §§ 205.610-205.810 include charges against making false statements to obtain a card, forging credit or debit cards and using a card that has been stolen or if the card’s use is unauthorized.


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Building the Best Defense For Your Las Vegas White Collar Charges

Michael Pariente is a skilled Las Vegas defense attorney who can help build the complicated and creative defense that will provide you with the best possible fight against your white collar crime accusations, in both state and federal courts. He is a former prosecutor and federal public defender who is experienced in Clark County courts. Call today at 702-966-5310 to set up a free consultation.