A sense of entitlement and a lack of oversight could be the causes of white-collar crime in Kentucky and throughout the country. For instance, those who were taken down as part of Operation Varsity Blues were in positions of trust and given leeway to make decisions for themselves. In another case, police officers were charged with receiving pay for hours that they didn't work.
Embezzlement is a type of white-collar crime that can result in serious penalties. Embezzlement occurs when a person who has access to the money or property of another takes it without any intention of repaying it to the rightful owner. People who are convicted of embezzlement may face penalties including incarceration, restitution, fines and other consequences.
A type of white-collar crime that impacts people in Kentucky and across the country is insurance fraud, but the manner in which insurance fraud is defined varies from state to state. Often times, insurance fraud laws are written into a state's criminal code. In other cases, these statutes are contained among other fraud laws. Charges of insurance fraud can also vary, with some classified as felonies and others as misdemeanors.
IT managers at companies in Kentucky generally place great importance on securing their computer networks from hacking or software attacks. They install firewalls and use encryption to protect data, but laptop computers present a much softer target. Research conducted by technology companies revealed that every laptop has a 10 percent chance of being stolen. This translates into a laptop getting stolen every 53 seconds.
Some Kentucky residents may find that their tax returns are scrutinized by the IRS because the agency is looking to crack down on what it identifies as abusive tax schemes. The IRS is applying scrutiny to structured domestic and foreign trusts as well as more complicated methods that attempt to reduce a filer's tax liability by relying on the financial privacy laws in some foreign countries as well as credit or debit cards issued by foreign banks.