White-Collar Crimes

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As a response to past financial crises and scandals, stricter laws have increased the seriousness of penalties connected to white-collar crime. Attorney Shay T. Allen understands the impact such a charge can have on your future, including the potential for civil lawsuits. He will take the time to understand the specifics of your situation and work to protect your reputation and your finances.

Call to schedule your free consultation: 708-960-0113.

What Are Examples of
White-Collar Crimes?

As a Cook County prosecutor, Attorney Shay T. Allen handled numerous white-collar crimes and now he applies that experience to defend clients facing criminal charges including:

  • Fraud – healthcare fraud, insurance fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, financial fraud, wire fraud, and credit card fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Tax Evasion
  • Insider Trading
  • Environmental Law Violations
  • Economic Espionage
  • Money Laundering and Forgery/Counterfeiting
  • Bribery and Public Corruption

What Are 
White-Collar Crimes?


“Reportedly coined in 1939, the term white-collar crime is now synonymous with the full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals. These crimes are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and are not dependent on the application or threat of physical force or violence.” – SOURCE: FBI

As a member of the prestigious General Bar and Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, Attorney Shay T. Allen is well qualified to represent individuals in federal court, where white-collar crimes are commonly prosecuted. He has defended clients in several white-collar crime cases, with results including dismissal, not guilty verdicts and reduction to lesser included crimes. Contact us now.

Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

White-collar crime charges are many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

Can you go to prison for embezzlement or tax evasion in Illinois?

Yes, in a recent case (September 2021), a Champaign County woman was sentenced to prison for 52 Months for safety pleading guilty to embezzlement and federal tax evasion.

What are the penalties in Illinois for Unemployment Insurance (UI) fraud?

• Up to 180 days in prison
• Up to $500 plus 15% of the overpayment amount in fines
• Pay restitution (pay back the unlawful unemployment insurance benefits received)
• State tax return garnishment

What are some penalties for money laundering in Illinois?

Laundering of criminally derived property of a value not exceeding $10,000 is a Class 3 felony;
(2) Laundering of criminally derived property of a value exceeding $10,000 but not exceeding $100,000 is a Class 2 felony;
(3) Laundering of criminally derived property of a value exceeding $100,000 but not exceeding $500,000 is a Class 1 felony.

Is it considered a felony or misdemeanor crime if you don't report a bribe?

Failure to report a bribe. Any public officer, public employee or juror who fails to report forthwith to the local State's Attorney, or in the case of a State employee to the Illinois State Police, any offer made to him in violation of Section 33-1 commits a Class A misdemeanor.