Individuals who work in the information technology department of their companies may find that they have access to an incredible wealth of financial information for the company. By scrutinizing proposed press releases, emails, and unreleased profit and loss statements, it may be possible to obtain insider information before it is released to members of the public. While it may be tempting to use this information for personal gain, such conduct is illegal and forcefully policed. As such, what may seem to be a few harmless phone calls resulting in a few extra dollars in a brokerage account can lead to an arrest on white collar crime charges.
Federal and state white collar crime laws carry sentencing that often surprises many by how extensive and severe the fines and possible prison times can prove. It's clear that the government takes offenses like tax evasion, fraud, identity theft, and embezzlement very seriously. Given that the means of white collar crime are by nature technology-based and fast-paced, the legal landscape these acts inhabit is also constantly adapting in order to better police potential offenders.