What Counts as a White-Collar Crime?

When you’re facing criminal charges it can be hard to know which way to turn, especially if you’re a young offender, or if you have no experience with the criminal justice system. Keep reading to learn more about what constitutes a white-collar crime and when it’s time to call a criminal lawyer. The lawyers at Haryett & Company Barristers & Solicitors provide representation across northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan.


When you’re facing criminal charges it can be hard to know which way to turn, especially if you’re a young offender, or if you have no experience with the criminal justice system. Keep reading to learn more about what constitutes a white-collar crime and when it’s time to call a criminal lawyer. The lawyers at Haryett & Company Barristers & Solicitors provide representation across northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan.

Types of White-Collar Crimes

White-collar crimes fall under a broader category of corporate crimes, which are non-violent and financial in nature. Examples of white-collar crimes include:

  • Bribery – Using money or gifts to influence an official to act in your favour. 
  • Commodities or securities fraud – When you sell investments in raw materials or a certain stock but use the money for your own personal investments or use. 
  • Conspiracy – When you and at least one other person agree to commit a crime for personal gain. 
  • Credit card fraud – Knowingly using a credit card that isn’t yours is the most common type of white-collar crime committed in Canada. 
  • Cybercrime – Any type of fraud, financial crime or theft resulting from a misrepresentation of the purpose of data gathered via a computer system or internet application.
  • Embezzlement – When you steal directly from your clients or your company. 
  • Falsification of documents – Forgery, false accounting, misrepresentation of facts, or late trading for personal gain. 
  • Financial and identity theft – Stealing someone’s identity in order to gain control over their finances for your own personal gain. 
  • Fraud – A deliberate deception for your own, personal profit. 
  • Insider trading – The misuse of confidential corporate information for personal profit.
  • Market manipulation – Investing in, and then artificially inflating the price of certain stocks so you can sell them at a profit. 
  • Money laundering – Hiding or misrepresenting your source of wealth to evade taxes, fund criminal activities, or knowingly trying to hide the proceeds of criminal activities. 
  • Ponzi schemes – An investment strategy that uses the money of new investors to pay dividends for older investors. 
  • Smuggling – Illegally transporting assets in contravention of international laws in order to avoid paying taxes and/or duty. 
  • Tax evasion – The use of fraud or other illegal methods to evade payment of taxes owed to the provincial or federal government. 
If you’re facing criminal charges for a white-collar crime, contact Haryett & Company Barristers & Solicitors without delay. The lawyers at Haryett & Company Barristers & Solicitors have experience defending clients in northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan. Not everyone charged with a crime is a criminal. You can count on us to help you navigate the system and restore your reputation. Contact us today to book a free consultation.
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