The most recent white collar crime report for the city of Denver was released in late October, and the data shows that fraud and other financial crime is on the rise. While the report focused on Denver, the statistics likely apply across the state. Despite a statistical drop in September, overall there were more people charged with white- collar crimes to this point in 2019 than in 2018.
White collar crime: by the numbers
The Denver Post recently published a white collar crime report, which included the following data and statistics:
- By the end of October 2019, about 1,089 white collar crimes had been reported in the city. That averages to about 110 per month. In 2018, the average number of white collar criminal charges was about 98 per month.
- The DIA neighborhood in Denver saw the most white collar criminal charges in 2019, with 98 charges total. That's approximately 79 white collar crimes for every 1,000 residents. By comparison, the average number of white collar crimes in other neighborhoods is about 13 for every 1,000 residents.
- Tuesday is the most common day for white collar crimes to be reported, with Sunday and Wednesday trailing closely behind.
- The data shows that most white collar crimes are committed between 12 noon and 4 p.m.
The numbers show that an increasing number of people are being reported for fraud and financial crimes, including offenses such as identity theft, mail and wire fraud and forgery.
Investigators are becoming more interested in white collar crime. In an effort to attempt to curtail it, they are being more thorough when they investigate a reported situation.
Are you under investigation?
Learning that you are under investigation, or facing an arrest is a frightening and intimidating situation. Here is what you need to know:
- White collar criminal investigations can be drawn out. Many have been known to last for several months, while others can last for years.
- White collar criminal charges carry serious penalties, including prison time.
It is important to seek experienced defense counsel from an attorney who focuses on this complex area of the law. Many investigators make their careers on high-profile fraud cases, which can result in abuses. If you are in need of a qualified attorney to defend you, contact my law firm to set up a consultation.