As Managing Partner of Barzee Flores, William Barzee is a highly respected legal professional holding a specialized interest in complex white collar crimes, both at trial and appellate levels. William Barzee has over a decade of legal experience in civil and criminal litigation.
White collar crimes were defined by Edwin Sutherland in the latter half of the 1930’s, referencing the elevated social status of the typical white collar criminal. Today, white collar crimes are generally accepted as non-violent acts, often resulting in illegal financial benefit. White collar crimes are similar to corporate crimes in that they include several types of fraud. Credit card fraud, bank fraud, and computer fraud are included in the definition, as well as blackmail, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, insider trading, financial scams, money laundering, currency forgery, tax evasion, and some cases of identity theft.
The term white collar crime differentiates these non-violent acts from rape, theft, arson, vandalism, and burglary, which are referred to as “blue-collar crimes.” While white collar crime involves acts of deceit or omission of information, they rarely involve physical violence or destruction. The perpetrators of white collar crime sometimes hold positions of significant power, wealth, or confidence. They may occupy roles with great financial responsibility, and the opportunity to commit white collar crimes may become apparent to them during the course of professional activities.