Due to recent high-profile, large-scale financial schemes which have negatively impacted the nation's economy and hurt individual investors, white collar crime is heavily featured in the news and is in the forefront of the minds of the public and local prosecutors.  In this climate, allegations of white collar criminal misconduct are readily made and heavily investigated, much to the detriment of those who are falsely accused or whose conduct is a result of an innocent mistake in this complex area of the law.  The attorneys at Rothschild, Wishek & Sands LLP defend individuals, licensed professionals, business owners, and public officials who are accused of various white collar offenses in Sacramento and throughout Northern California.  Three of the firm's attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America for white collar criminal defense.

Business and Securities Law

Business fraud cases do not necessarily involve falsified documents, but may center on questionable accounting practices being used to misinform auditors and investors about the true state of a business enterprise.  Whether such practices are actually illegal or fall within the range of generally accepted accounting principles, and the intent of the individual, are highly relevant to any business fraud prosecution.
There are many other ways in which businesspersons may find themselves charged with criminal violations of various civil statutes, such as the state's Business & Professions Code.  Charges of unfair competition, unfair business practices, or violations of consumer protections may be levied regarding information provided to consumers, such as whether an employee or business has the proper certifications to perform a certain type of work.

Securities violations are governed by federal laws and investigated and enforced by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The SEC enforces laws regarding insider trading and late-day trading, as well as any type of pyramid or Ponzi scheme involving stocks and commodities.  What actually constitutes securities fraud can be a highly technical and incredibly complex matter, and government agents may spend months investigating and building a case before charges are actually filed.

Insurance, Elder Abuse, and Healthcare Law

One must be very careful in making statements related to insurance claims.  Any statements which are perceived as being falsely made in order to collect payments one is not actually entitled to can be prosecuted as insurance fraud.  Healthcare fraud is not limited to insurance companies and can include allegations of fraudulent claims and statements made to state and federal healthcare systems, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Medi-Cal. The firm has deep experience representing physicians and nursing homes facing potential allegations of elder abuse or sexual misconduct.

Environmental Fraud

We represent businesses and individuals accused of violations of state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Examples of such violations include Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations regarding releasing pollutants into the surrounding land or streams, or regulations governing trucking equipment that prevents vapors from escaping from fuel tanker trucks.

Public Officials

Public officials are subject to a high standard of conduct and a host of provisions governing every public act and the operation of any activity involving public funds.  We represent public officials charged with violations of the public trust in any aspect of government activity, including investigations by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Whether the charge involves allegations of embezzlement, forgery, or misuse of computers or the Internet in furtherance of a fraudulent financial scheme, white collar offenses are often investigated for a lengthy period before any charges are filed or arrests are made.  When one is  questioned personally or suspects that he or she is the target of an investigation, it is wise to contact an attorney immediately and not wait until charges are filed.  An experienced white collar defense lawyer may be able to help avoid charges being filed, and will ensure that the client's rights and interests are protected.  People who are concerned about their role in a potential investigation are encouraged to contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP to discuss their situation.

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