Fraud / Embezzlement / Forgery / Identity Theft
The investigation and prosecution of “white collar” economic crimes is an increasing focus of law enforcement. The district attorney’s office in Colorado Springs has four attorneys and several investigators who specialize in this area. The Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Department also have assigned full-time detectives to these cases.
The Gasper Law Group criminal defense attorneys have previous experience as prosecutors in major fraud and financial crimes. Now, representing the accused, they have a unique perspective in advising those who are either charged or under investigation for these crimes. Their experience handling high-profile white collar crime is extensive with several cases involving thousand of dollars.
Contact us at 719-227-7779 if you are accused of fraud or misappropriation of money or property. Our lawyers can represent clients in El Paso, Teller, Pueblo, Arapahoe and Douglas counties on the full range of economic crimes, such as:
- Embezzlement and other employee theft
- Credit card theft/identity theft
- Forgery or check fraud
- Computer crimes
- Money laundering
- Mortgage fraud
- Construction fraud
- Unemployment fraud or welfare fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Securities fraud
- Wire fraud/mail fraud
Up to the Challenge
White collar crime cases present their own set of unique challenges to defend. First and foremost, there is generally a paper trail, in the form of bank records (including yours), tax returns, correspondence, or internally generated company records that can be accessed by law enforcement at any time, assuming the proper procedures are followed. Likewise, e-mails and even your home computer might be searched. For many financial crimes, the statute of limitations can run for three years after the alleged offense was discovered, not simply when it is alleged to have occurred. This means that sometimes years can pass before formal charges are brought by the authorities.
Secondly, unlike many “street crimes”, where an arrest might be made almost immediately, white collar crimes take a long time to investigate. If you are under suspicion, at some point it is likely that a detective will contact you in a non-threatening fashion, perhaps even by telephone, to “get your side of the story”. The police are not required to read you your rights in this situation, and anything you say can indeed be used against you in court.
Many of these offenses carry substantial prison time for conviction. We explore all grounds to dismiss charges or negotiate a favorable plea. Many of our clients are professionals, executives, business owners or military officers whose career or reputation could be irreparably harmed. The attorneys of the Gasper Law Group can intervene and under the right set of circumstances, avoid a public arrest and possibly avoid formal charges all together.