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Employee corruption can catch up to businesses

Tom Gruber, a white-collar defense and corporate corruption attorney with GableGotwals, discusses corporate liabilities resulting from law enforcement and regulatory inquiries.
Oklahoman Modified: February 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014

Q&A with Tom Gruber

White-collar crimes can cause liability for criminal’s employer

Q: What is a white-collar crime?

A: While there is no legal definition, white collar is generally used to describe a non-violent, business-related crime committed for financial gain. Antitrust fraud, tax evasion, bribery, securities fraud and kickbacks are just a few examples of offenses that can be classified as white-collar crimes.

Q: Can a business or its owner be exposed to civil or criminal liabilities when one of the business’ employees is accused of committing a corporate crime?

A: This could be an instance where the cover-up is worse than the crime. A business owner could face civil liability if she tries to hide the fraud from shareholders/investors and might be exposed to a criminal charge of accessory after the fact if she attempts to hide a crime from law enforcement.

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