Houston police are seeking the ex-pastor of a church in the Sunnyside community of South Houston who is accused of stealing over $200,000 from the congregation, according to court records. The former pastor reportedly used a secret bank account to steal the money.
What is a white collar crime?
The nature of a white collar crime is a non-violent crime which often involves financial transactions. Such crimes can include, but are not limited to, embezzlement, forgery, identity theft, money laundering, bribery, insider trading, healthcare fraud, Medicare fraud, tax fraud and cybercrime.
Theft, too, is considered a white collar crime. This type of crime has different charges, penalties and punishments.
In the case of the former Houston pastor, the Houston Chronicle reported that authorities have charged him with theft and using deception to secure an executive document related to funds stolen from Paradise Missionary Baptist Church at 3605 Tangerine Street.
What are the penalties for white collar crimes?
As for the penalties and punishments for white collar offenses, they vary depending on the criminal charge and the circumstances of each case. But make no mistake, though white collar crimes are non-violent, the penalties for such non-violent crimes still can be severe.
In fact, you could be sentenced to many years in prison if convicted of some white collar crimes.
Consult an experienced white collar crime defense lawyer near you
The paper trails of white collar crimes don’t always lead to the right person. You may have been unfairly accused of a white collar offense. In such a case, you may need the best Houston white collar crime defense lawyer to protect your legal rights.
If so, rest assured that the Neal Davis Law Firm is acclaimed for its work defending persons accused of white collar crimes.
In fact, for the 10th Edition of “Best Law Firms” rankings, the Neal Davis Law Firm was honored as a Metropolitan Tier 1 law firm for Criminal Defense-White Collar. The law firm was chosen by the publications U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.
If you or a family member face a charge of theft, fraud, embezzlement or some other white collar crime in Houston, Harris County, Montgomery County or Fort Bend County, notify an experienced white collar crime defense lawyer who can skillfully protect your legal rights.
Contact the Neal Davis Law Firm today and let us help. We will quickly provide you with a legal review of your case. Then, you can decide how you wish to proceed.