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Developments point toward greater white collar crime scrutiny

One thing we know as being unquestionably true about white collar criminal activity in Missouri and nationally is that the already broad scope of its investigation by state and federal task forces is progressively increasing.

Probes into activities ranging from health care fraud and embezzlement to tax evasion and other alleged offenses readily evidence that. Compared with the efforts of previous years, current investigations are more wide-ranging and better financed. And government attorneys are diligently pursuing convictions and harsh sentencing outcomes.

A recent in-depth article on a seemingly new federal approach to white collar crime underscores an emerging urgency on the part of regulators and law enforcers to vigorously prosecute unlawful activity in that realm. It stresses a “widening scope of the DOJ’s pursuit of white collar criminals.”

Comments made by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein go far toward confirming a ramped-up approach centrally marked by a broader net of inquiry. The aforementioned article notes a Rosenstein comment from earlier this year emphasizing an expanded focus on crime and noting that white collar cases will be a first-tier concern for federal law enforcers going forward.

Growing pains could be an attendant result of that, given the cited “uncertainty” that could result from a growing number of individuals being on the receiving end of stricter policing scrutiny. Reportedly, there has already been some confusion among American business principals and company employees concerning what type of behaviors might be flagged as misconduct and subject to criminal penalties.

Complexity surrounding white collar crime has always been a constant, and now seems to be the case even more. We note that reality on our St. Louis criminal defense website at Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry, citing a “confusion about legalities” that many targeted suspects have when challenged by authorities. We welcome contacts to our firm and the opportunity to provide a strong legal defense to individuals who need it.

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