Category : White Collar Crimes

Mass Marketing Fraud: Easy Money Today, Jail Tomorrow

As communications technology has developed and people have become increasingly interconnected, massive fraud schemes have become more common. These schemes can take many different forms but they all share a common goal: to illegally obtain money, goods and valuables from people through the use of organized deceit. What is Mass… Read More

Insider Trading Investigations: What Every Stock Trader Needs to Know

An allegation of insider trading should be taken seriously. Although the accused trader prevails in the majority of insider trading cases, the process of mounting a successful defense can be daunting. To improve your likelihood of winning, it is a good idea to learn a few details about insider trading… Read More

Money Laundering: Common Defense Strategies to Ensure Freedom

Money laundering is a criminal offense involving the illegal use of money that was the product of crime. These charges are often filed in cases involving organized crime. The term “laundering” refers to the way in which “dirty” money is cycled through legitimate businesses in order to remove the links… Read More

Busted for Illegal Gambling Rings: Your Employer Won’t Be Happy

If you are being charged with operating an illegal gambling ring, then you may be facing some life-altering changes that will affect your family and your future. In addition to possibly serving jail time, you may be concerned about whether your job will be waiting for you when you have… Read More

Is Pension Fraud Considered a White Collar Crime?

The weak economy has put a strain on everyone, and some people have tried to turn this to their advantage by participating in pension fraud. Pension fraud is when brokers or financial advisors do not allocate invested money as they have promised. In many cases, the victims are retirees who… Read More

RICO Accusations: Take Legal Action Now!

If you are charged with racketeering, then you are being accused of running a business that participates in illegal activities in order to make a profit. Racketeering includes a variety of offenses, and it is prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. RICO was developed to… Read More

Counterfeiting: Make a Fake Nickle and Spend 15 Years in Prison

It is a federal offense to manufacture or use unauthorized forms of currency, such as fake bills and coins. Only the federal government has the authority to permit organizations to print or manufacture currency and the government strictly punishes counterfeiting activity. In some cases, charges may be filed simply for… Read More

4 Famous Con Men: Too Smart for Their Own Good

Most people have a strange fondness for famous con men. When we hear a story about a con man that has mastered the art of taking advantage of one sucker after another, it’s hard not to shake our heads in amazement and let loose a chuckle. It’s easy to view… Read More

Tax Fraud vs. Tax Evasion: What’s the Difference?

The crackdown by federal prosecutors on Swiss banks and money managers for alleged crimes related to tax fraud and evasion does not seem as if it will slow down in 2014. The indictment of a Swiss private fund manager was announced by prosecutors in February, and prosecutors intended to charge… Read More

Overbilling for Partial Hospitalization Programs

Overpaying happens in many industries, but when it happens in the American medical industry, federal and state governments sit up and take notice. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), over half of community health medical centers (CHMC) ask for more money from Medicare than… Read More

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