Teaching Students about White Collar Crime

Sam Antar, former CFO of New York’s Crazy Eddie’s, spoke in November to students and faculty at UNI.  He speaks from experience, reviewing the traits and telltale signs to watch for to prevent being scammed.  He is plainspoken:  “I committed my crimes because I could,” he said, adding that he stopped only because he got caught.  In his seminars, he details the character traits that make for a good victim, and for a good fraudster.   He emphasizes that white-collar crime is a crime of persuasion.

According to the article, fully 43% of white-collar crimes are disclosed not by audits, but by tipsters.  Tipsters typically include ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, and former employees – people with motivations.  Law enforcement officers act on these tips and begin investigations. These investigations always involve an interview of the accused, and frequently these cases are largely based on statements given by the accused himself.

If you suspect you are being investigated for white collar crime, you need to engage a good criminal defense attorney.  You need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney to begin preparing your defense and to help you stay out of trouble.

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