Darcey Greenfield, a former Los Angeles police officer, has been charged with allegedly stealing $3 million from a number of fellow officers and others in a massive real estate scam. Prosecutors allege that Ms. Greenfield told potential investors that they were helping people avoid foreclosures and would receive a high return on their investments.
The investors saw nothing for their trouble, with many losing their life savings. The district attorney’s white collar division arrested Ms. Greenfield based on the allegations. She is currently awaiting trial. As in this case, white collar crime generally involves misuse of other people’s money for gain.
Unlike traditional offenses, white collar crimes rarely involve violence, although it is possible for people to suffer greatly because of such crimes. Some of the more common types of white collar crimes committed in the California are:
- Tax fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Investment fraud, including insider trading and securities fraud
- Computer hacking and other computer related crimes
- Arson (when done for profit)
- Antitrust violations
- Cheating health insurance companies, including Medicare/Medicaid
- Copyright violations
- Identity theft
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a white collar crime, it is vital that you obtain the right kind of representation. While these offenses may seem less serious when compared with violent crimes, they are still criminal offenses. You will go to prison if you are convicted. Contrary to popular belief, white collar criminals are not automatically offered a spot in so-called country club prisons either.