White Collar Crime
Big Trouble in Little Mississippi
Recently, the State Auditor has exposed and brought to prosecution individuals charged with embezzlement. This was found by tracing unaccounted money. For example, embezzlement by local officials and employees using public money that doesn’t belong to them, by cash or card. One reason this has gone unnoticed is because of the fact that every big or small community is its own little world, and the mentality in Mississippi is to help, not hinder an individuals livelihood.
For example,here is a link to one of the most recent pending investigations.
Know your rights
Oftentimes, these types of offenses take many months of investigation. However, anyone accused has the same rights as someone accused of murder, arson, i.e. violent crimes. Because of these folks inexperience with “getting into trouble,” they often don’t immediately seek appropriate legal counsel. They should.
Also remember, that as a part of a criminal proceeding, there could be a civil aspect. This is know as civil asset forfeiture. Please find out more about that here. The procedure follows a very different pace than criminal proceeding, despite involving the same incident.
Seek counsel. When you or someone you know has been accused of a “white collar crime,” call us at Panter Law Firm, PLLC.
Article by Richard Poole Noel, III
Panter Law Firm, PLLC, 7736 Old Canton Road, Suite B, Madison, MS 39110