Financial Crimes

LGR Law handles a wide range of federal crimes, including federal financial crimes. Financial crimes are a form of theft/larceny that occur when a person or entity takes or uses money or property, that does not belong to them, or without permission of the owner, in order to gain a benefit. These crimes frequently involve fraud and deception or the abuse of a position of trust or authority.  They can take various forms, such as tax evasion, bribery, and embezzlement. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo specializes is all federal criminal defense crimes, including white collar federal financial d crimes. White collar crimes encompass a variety of crimes that are usually committed in commercial situations and typically include financial gains. These can include all types of fraud Ponzi schemes; securities fraud; tax evasion; money laundering and embezzlement.

Below is a description of the most common forms of financial crimes (including some defined terms) that Ms. Gauli-Rufo handles:

  • Fraud– there are various types of fraud, which is deception intended to result in financial or personal gain, and includes such as wire fraud; mail fraud; tax fraud; insurance fraud; credit card fraud; computer fraud (hacking); bank fraud; and identity theft, to name a few A few are set forth in detail below.
    • Bank Fraud– can involve many charges, such as loan fraud, forging checks, money laundering, falsifying loan or financial documents, or any number of fraud-based financial crimes involving a federally insured bank existing accounts; to rent apartments; or to apply for loans
    • Credit Card Fraud– a form of identity theft that involves an unauthorized taking of another’s credit card information for the purpose of charging purchases to the account or removing funds from it. It generally falls into one of two categories: application fraud, which refers to the unauthorized opening of a credit card account in another person’s name, or account takeover, which involves the criminal hijacking of an existing credit card account.
    • Healthcare Fraud– involves the filing of dishonest health care claims in order to turn a profit and comes in many forms, including individuals obtaining subsidized or fully-covered prescription pills and then selling them on the black market for a profit; billing for a non-covered service as a covered service; and filing duplicate claims for the same service rendered
    • Tax Fraud– the willful attempt to evade tax law or defraud the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), which occurs when a person or a company does any of the following, for example: intentionally fails to file an income tax return; willfully fails to pay taxes due; intentionally fails to report all income received; makes fraudulent or false claims; or prepares and files a false return
  • Embezzlement– a crime, most often associated with the misappropriation of money, that occurs when an individual steals money or property that he or she has been entrusted to manage
  • Bribery– the offering, giving, soliciting, or accepting any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public or legal duty or in exchange for power in connection to an elected position or public employment
  • Money Laundering– a crime involving the movement of illicit money and other gains into legitimate channels in order to conceal the identity, source, and destination of the money
  • Racketeering/RICO– Racketeering and RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization) laws make it a crime for a criminal organization to profit from otherwise legitimate business operations, often referenced as organized crime.
  • Securities Fraud– a type of white-collar crime in which a person or company makes misleading statements about information that investors use to make decisions, such as a company’s stock performance or discloses confidential information related to its stock


If you, a family member, or a friend is charged with a financial crime, such as the ones described above, contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who is prepared to defend you vigorously. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo is an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who practices regularly in the Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York, with offices conveniently located in Verona, New Jersey (on the boarder of Montclair and Cedar Grove) and New York City.

Call her for a confidential consultation regarding your matter.

(973) 239-4300 (New Jersey)

(646) 779-2746 (New York)

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