Not all crimes involve allegations of violence or outright theft. Some crimes, such as fraud, are less clear. Depending on the circumstances, such allegations are a result of the perceptions of others. This may best be illustrated in the recent trial of a Florida woman many consulted for psychic services. The woman was recently found guilty of defrauding clients of a total of $25 million over the course of more than two decades.
Most probably assume that crimes with severe consequences for conviction are violent in nature. This is not true however, particularly when charges are at a federal level. A couple from the Orlando area is facing that reality right now. They were recently found guilty of fraud against elderly people who were their clients.
Not all crimes resulting in serious consequences are violent in nature. Readers may be interested to know that individuals found guilty of a federal white collar crime such as fraud could end up spending a good chunk of time in jail. This reality is likely not lost on a woman from Orange County who was recently charged with several white collar crimes including racketeering, Medicaid fraud and identity theft.
Most are likely aware that consequences for violent crimes can be serious. Not all may be aware that convictions for nonviolent crimes such as those considered as white collar, can also result in a serious outcome. This is largely due to the fact that such crimes are considered to be federal crimes. Historically consequences for federal crimes are quite harsh regardless of the nature of the alleged crime.
On May 11, a jury in Manhattan found Raj Rajaratnam, billionaire founder of the Galleon Group, guilty on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. Rajaratnam acquired confidential stock tips from insiders at publically traded companies, which allowed him to avoid losses and turn profits totaling $63.8 million. He has vowed to appeal his conviction.