New form of white collar crime in Missouri

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Authorities in Missouri claim that they are seeing an increase in a new type of white collar crime in the form of “felony lane gangs.” These so-called felony lane gangs specialize in forgery and identity theft. Allegedly, the members of these gangs break into cars where women have left their purses unattended and steal credit cards, checkbooks and photo identification.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines white collar crime as a crime that involves lying, cheating or stealing to reap a benefit at the expense of someone else. Although the nature of felony lane gangs is new, identify theft is not.

The term “lane gang” was coined when authorities discovered that these individuals were taking forged checks and cashing them at a drive-thru bank teller. They use the furthest lane from the window to avoid being identified.

It is unclear whether any of the alleged “lane gangs” are operating across state lines. If they are, the participants could be subject to federal criminal charges.

When it comes to white collar crimes, the punishment depends upon the nature and severity of the crime. However, the most common punishments for white collar crime include time behind bars, monetary fines and probation. The consequences could also depend on the nature of damage claimed by the alleged victim.

White collar crime can be a very complicated area of the law. Those that are accused of committing a white collar crime would be wise to consult with an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who can help them understand their rights. An attorney can defend an individual against the charges and work to mitigate any potential consequences. As with all criminal charges, a person remains innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Source: STL Today, “Mo. authorities see rise of ‘felony lane gangs’,” April 2, 2012