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Utah Legislature Approves White Collar Crime Registry

In an unprecedented move, the Utah Legislature has approved a measure to create the country’s first white-collar crime offender registry. Similar to convicted sex offenders registries, the measure calls for the publication of white-collar offenders’ names and aliases, a recent photograph, a physical description, and a list of their crimes.

Pointing to the trusting nature of the citizens of Utah as a reason for the measure, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes stated in a news release, “Utah’s unique personal interweavings and close relationships offer a rich environment for predatory behavior and financial crimes.”  Lawmakers hope the bill will help prevent affinity fraud among the state’s close-knit residences and stop the exploitation of people’s beliefs.

The bill requires individuals convicted of second degree felony offenses, including securities fraud, mortgage fraud, and money laundering crimes, to “register” as offenders. Information on the offenders could stay on a state-run website for up to life, if the person is convicted of a third offence. However, offenders who provide full restitution may be removed from registry. Lawmakers hope that in addition to providing information to consumers to allow them to make informed financial decisions, the list will also encourage offenders to provide restitution to their victims.

The Governor of Utah has indicated that he will sign the bill to protect “the consumer and the public from fraud and predatory practices.”

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Stacey A. Bastone, Jackson Lewis, EEO-1 classifications lawyer, compensation analyses attorney

Stacey A. Bastone is an Associate in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She assists companies in the preparation of affirmative action plans for federal contractors including job group analyses, EEO-1 classifications, utilization analyses, compensation analyses and adverse impact analyses.

In addition, Ms. Bastone successfully has defended federal government contractors during audits conducted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) including...

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