The Treatment of White-Collar Cases: The US Sentencing Commission Guidelines
White collar crimes are still prevalent in the United States since ordinary white collar cases are still prevalent in the country. These cases include: bribery, fraud, stock manipulation, securities fraud, embezzlement, computer fraud, Medicaid fraud, extortion, hedge fund fraud, as well as a mortgage broker fraud among others. The crimes also entail money laundering, bribery plus tax evasion (Perskin, 2011). These crimes are carried out with the intention of financial or economical gain. They, however, go unnoticed for years. The crimes are also common since they keep on causing serious issues to taxpayers in America, in surplus of two billion every year.
This successful and established national framework can help guide Ohio to implement a clear and uniform sentencing structure. Without this vital change, judges in Ohio retain vast discretion to determine and implement arbitrary sentences. Judicial discretion creates disparities and bias when sentencing any criminal defendant. It is common sense that a defendant’s conduct should determine their final punishment, not Ohio’s flawed sentencing procedures.
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