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While criminal defense lawyers in Austin, and throughout Texas, work daily with those accused of financial malfeasance, high profile cases involving enormous sums of money make big headlines.
The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff resulted in devastating losses to individuals and institutions throughout the country. The insider-trading scandal involving the Galleon Group, a New York hedge fund management firm, is presently with a jury.
The enormous impact of the Madoff case resulted in scrutiny of the regulatory practices that allowed the fraud to continue unabated for years. The commonplace nature of corporate fraud has increased the interest of law enforcement in pinpointing, preventing, and even profiling white-collar crime.
In the last two years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has involved agents attached to its Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) with New York law enforcement to identify, through profiling, the characteristics and traits of white-collar criminals.
Criminal profiling of any kind has its supporters and detractors. FBI profiling seeks to analyze crime and criminals, and identify broad characterological patterns that might aid in investigation or apprehension of wrongdoers. A recent special report from Reuters identified traits that may serve as markers of a propensity for white-collar crime, including the following:
· Charismatic, charming, and controlling personality
· Propensity toward greed and revenge
· Aggressive, power hungry
· Secretive, inclined toward lack of transparency in dealings
While profiling of white-collar criminals may aid in the investigation of corporate and other fraud, traits identified by the FBI are also generally applicable to honest, successful, hard-driven businesspeople.
Criminal or corporate CEO? In some cases, the answer is both, but in all cases, authorities must take care to identify which is which.
Experienced criminal defense in Austin, Texas
Board certified, with over 30 years experience, Bill White is an Austin criminal defense lawyer offering excellence and deep background in defense against state and federal criminal charges including white collar crime, federal investigations, and drug crimes. If arrested or under suspicion, contact our firm today.
The Law Offices of Bill White
1307 West Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701