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
charming, and controlling personality
toward greed and revenge
Aggressive, power hungry
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
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.
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