“When I was arrested by the Feds on Drug Conspiracy charges, they told me I was facing mandatory life in federal prison without the possibility of parole. I knew that I was innocent, but I was scared . . . so I knew that I would have to find a lawyer who was not afraid of the Feds and would take my case to trial. I chose Greg Robey because he is a fighter. After over 2 weeks in a federal jury trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. My family and I am forever grateful to Mr. Robey.” -L.B., Mansfield, Ohio
Even when people work together for years and form what they believe are close relationships, they can be totally unaware of the true nature of their co-workers’ business activities. When those activities include fraud and other white collar crimes, workers can easily become caught up in a federal investigation. In many cases, individuals who are innocent of any wrongdoing face serious criminal prosecution.
After receiving reports or other evidence of wrongdoing, federal investigators — often supported by local law enforcement agencies — conduct detailed investigations that sometimes extend over a number of years. The FBI reportedly worked on thousands of investigations in 2013 alone. Under the initial assumption that everyone in an organization had knowledge of the alleged illicit activities, investigating agencies review every possible paper trail and question everyone who touched the records in any way. Even experienced investigators can easily misconnect the dots, leading to the following types of errors that can ruin innocent lives:
Anyone caught in the investigative net should recognize that indictment is a painful and expensive federal criminal prosecution that can easily lead to years of false imprisonment. When investigators want to talk to you, you may want to be helpful, but your ultimate goal must be to avoid indictment. Even innocent witnesses should strongly consider representation from an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney who can guide them and protect their rights through the investigation process.