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Types of white collar crime
There are a wide range of white collar crimes that individuals can be charged with in Victoria or under Australian law. These include:
- Bribery or blackmail, which can include bribing or blackmailing a government official or a private individual;
- Fraud, dishonesty or forgery;
- Insider trading, which involves using information that you know or ought to know to transact, tip or get other people to trade financial products;
- Embezzling money or property;
- Tax fraud or tax evasion is where you don’t pay tax or get a financial advantage by behaving deceptively or dishonestly. This is different from tax avoidance where you manage your business or a transaction to minimise the tax you pay, which is not a crime.
- Financial record keeping, where you try to conceal, destruct, alter or falsify accounting records or your financial information.
- Unfair consumer practices, like creating or communicating a pyramid scheme or selling goods that don’t meet government information standards;
- Cyber crimes, like changing data or trying to trick someone or an online scam;
- Withholding evidence or trying to conceal information from a government authority investigating a crime;
- Identity theft;
- Money laundering;
- Possessing the proceeds of crime; and
- Occupational health and safety offences.
In some situations, you may not know about the crime being committed but the law deems you to know because of the position you hold in your organisation. This often happens if you’re a partner in a business or hold a senior position in a company.