As we gaze back on the year that was 2017, few common themes stand out as prevalently as the public's appetite for digging up dirt on figures of power and success and turning the tables on them. In many cases, the figures went before the court of public opinion and lost before they ever set foot in an actual courtroom.
If you face fraud allegations, you may feel enormous pressure to come out swinging in order to defend yourself. This an understandable response, but may not prove as effective as you might hope. In fact, your response to fraud allegations can greatly impact the outcome of criminal or civil fraud charges.
Owning a home or some other piece of real estate is often seen as a cornerstone of the American Dream. However, in the modern real estate market, buying real estate of nearly any kind usually involves securing a mortgage loan to finalize the purchase. If some party in the mortgage process abuses the process, it may result in mortgage fraud charges.
Bribery is a serious criminal charge, one that can carry significant jail time as well as monetary penalties. If you face bribery charges, you need to act quickly to preserve your rights and privileges by fighting the charges with everything you have available. This is particularly true if you face federal bribery charges. Failing to defend yourself against federal bribery charges could mean that you spend the rest of your life very differently than you do now.
Complying with each and every regulation and law that pertains to corporate business is a daunting task. In fact, one new ruling is creating quite a bit controversy within certain business circles because of the implications it has for many end users who use password-protected services. Unfortunately, the laws that govern this particular area are still based on laws meant to protect entirely different systems and do not fully account for how the market has changed in the last couple of decades.
While many talking heads on the news might have you believe that corporate financial fraud is somehow above the law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) considers identifying and prosecuting it to be a chief priority. Though fraud may take many forms, and is rarely simple to chase down, the FBI considers it a significant threat not only to individual investors, but to the American economy as a whole.
Identity theft is an exceptionally common form of theft in the modern world, and nearly every adult has experienced it at some point or another. The prosecution of identity theft and other forms of forgery varies from state to state, but many of the core principles remain the same when confronting forgery or identity theft charges.
Embezzlement is a serious charge, and is one of several non-violent crimes that can lead, in some cases, to many years behind bars for those convicted of it. If you recently received embezzlement charges, then you should carefully consider your actions going forward. Depending on the nature of the charges, there are a number of ways to defend against these accusations, but this depends greatly on the specific nature of your circumstances.
There are many kinds of white collar crimes, and many specific laws created to deter them. One of the most common types of white collar crime is money laundering. In general, money laundering occurs when a business attempts to hide the source of illegally obtained money or uses legitimate operations to move money from an illegal source to a legal one, making it appear "clean."
As the stock market becomes more and more accessible to the public, many people suffer from a poor understanding of insider trading. While we are used to hearing the term thrown around on television, insider trading remains widely misunderstood. For instance, many people are not actually aware that not all instances of insider trading are illegal.