John J. Ricotta

White Collar Criminal Defense

Federal and state investigations and prosecutions for white collar crimes and public corruption offenses have been on the rise as the government, the media, and the public have increasingly scrutinized the financial activities of banks, corporations, and government officials.

John J. Ricotta, Attorney at Law, L.L.C., has significant experience defending clients against a wide variety of white collar crime and public corruption charges.  Many of these charges are federal offenses, and Mr. Ricotta has handled high profile cases both in the Cleveland, Ohio area and in federal courts throughout the country.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes involve various forms of business and securities fraud.  Business fraud often includes charges that the defendant employed accounting techniques designed to mislead investors and auditors about the true financial condition of the business, including false accounting entries and fake transactions.  Business fraud also encompasses charges of self-dealing, such as misusing corporate assets for personal gain, insider trading, and backdating stock options.

Securities fraud involves charges of false and deceptive practices related to the buying and selling of stocks and commodities, such as Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, commodities fraud, broker embezzlement, and late-day trading.

Public Corruption

Public corruption charges usually involve accusations of the misuse of public funds by politicians, other government officials, or private individuals or businesses that have contracted with government entities.  Public corruption offenses also include the failure to comply with federal laws requiring government officials to make financial disclosures.

Criminal Investigations

Mr. Ricotta has successfully represented many clients who have been the subject of state and federal criminal investigations, and is knowledgeable in the tactics and procedures pursued by these investigating agencies.  In addition, Mr. Ricotta draws on his extensive trial experience to keep overall defense strategies in mind as he guides his clients through the investigation process, identifying key evidence and legal issues that can prove critical to a successful outcome in the event your case goes to trial.

Proper handling of the investigation stage of the process is critical to your defense, and may even help you avoid indictment.  Also, your actions during the course of the investigation can form the basis for additional criminal charges, such as obstruction of justice.  In some instances, the prosecuting agency will have insufficient evidence to prosecute the original charges, but will be able to convict a person based on his or misguided actions during the course of an investigation. 

Seek Experienced Legal Counsel

John J. Ricotta's extensive experience at trial, in federal court, and representing clients involved in a variety of state and federal investigations ensures that your defense will be expertly handled from start to finish.  Contact John J. Ricotta, Attorney at Law, L.L.C., today at (866) 760-2657.

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