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At the crux of a white-collar criminal case is the issue of intent. A favorable outcome for the criminal defense attorney requires the jury to believe that the defendant did not intend to divert funds or other property. It is no surprise, then, that over the past few years, defense attorneys have been turning to forensic accountants significantly more often in white-collar cases. An experienced and skilled forensic accountant is valuable to the defense team by casting reasonable doubt on the issue of intent and uncovering other evidence in support of innocence or a reduced sentence.

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