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Dealing with fraud charges: consult experienced counsel, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about mail and wire fraud charges, giving attention to some of the considerations that go into proving these charges in court. It is important for criminal defendants to remember that prosecutors have the burden of providing sufficient evidence to support each and every element of every crime they allege. When they can’t do this, they are unable to secure conviction.

Dealing with fraud charges: consult experienced counsel, P.1

Fraud charges come in a wide variety and cover a number of different activities, including bribery, mortgage and securities transactions, embezzlement, identity theft, money laundering, and tax evasion. When the government prosecutes for these crimes, it typically pursues as many charges as apply to the underlying activity. In many cases, this results in charges for mail and/or wire fraud.

Federal law and health care fraud charges, P.2

We’ve been discussing the issue of fraud in our last several posts, particularly the issue of intent in health care fraud cases. We left off discussing the Anti-Kickback Statute, and noted that when prosecutors are not able to provide sufficient evidence to satisfy the intent requirement under the statute, they are not able to obtain a fraud conviction.

Sentencing guidelines for white-collar crimes under review

When it comes to so-called “white-collar” crimes, determining appropriate sentences for convicted offenders can be difficult. Say, for example, that an individual sets up hacking software that steals just $1, but steals that small amount from a million people. Does this person deserve a harsher or lighter sentence than someone who steals $1 million from a single person?

Louisiana chiropractor facing 34 fraud, identity theft charges

Not every violation of the law is equal to every other violation. A financial crime, especially when the aggrieved party is the federal government, might seem insignificant in the scheme of things compared to a violent crime such as assault or attempted murder. However, as our Louisiana readers can probably guess, the federal government doesn't generally look the other way just because an alleged crime doesn't physically harm someone.

Man from Scott facing 5-year prison term over benefits fraud

Not all criminal offenses in Louisiana are created equal. While a violent crime such as assault is committed, the actual criminal act is often brief, lasting a matter of seconds. Other crimes, however, can take years to develop -- such as fraud.

Ex-tax preparer looking at long prison stint after guilty pleas

There are many potential ways for someone involved with the preparing and filing of income taxes to run afoul of the law. When tax preparers intentionally prepare false tax documents, there is often little sympathy to be had from federal prosecutors. This was apparently the case for a Slidell man who owned and operated a tax preparation service. He now faces criminal law penalties after pleading guilty to several federal charges.

Man suspected of felony theft for taking employer's money

In some cases, it can take a long period of time to build a case against someone suspected of embezzling money from an employer. The alleged offenses may have taken place a little bit at a time, over a period of months or years, in order not to draw attention to what was going on.

Ex-traffic court employee accused of embezzling almost $700,000

The temptation can be great, for those in positions of financial authority at a business, to dip into the company coffers. While some people find that they are not susceptible to this kind of temptation, for others, it can be a real problem. Addictions such as gambling can be fueled with large amounts of money not ordinarily available to people.

Woman gets prison time for embezzling from dentist's office

When people get into financial trouble, there are many resources available to help them get back on their feet. Whether the problem is excessive credit card debt, compulsive gambling or some other issue, there are often opportunities that are legal and accepted to buoy one's finances.

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