Most people understand that they have the right to remain silent when officers of the law ask them questions, but it is not always easy to understand how exactly one invokes his or her Fifth Amendment right to silence. If a suspect waits too long to invoke this right, he or she may accidentally say something that alters the course of an investigation, incriminating them.
It is fair and true to say that understanding the details of the Social Security system, but violating the terms of receiving benefits is not a wise time to fain ignorance, as one woman learned when she recently received jail time awaiting sentencing for receiving Social Security benefits on behalf of her now-dead grandparents.
Insider trading has become little more than a catchphrase in popular use over the last couple of decades. While many people generally recognize that insider trading is frowned up on or illegal, few people understand how they would actually avoid accusations of insider trading if they were confronted with an opportunity. While the world of investing is often convoluted and difficult to navigate, some basic rules can help people assess their actions and keep themselves safe while trading.
Securities fraud is a certain kind of white collar financial crime that includes a number of illegal activities. One of the most common types of securities fraud is insider trading, although it is not the only type of securities fraud. In very broad strokes, securities fraud involves a person using proprietary or private information to make financial deals possible, or who misrepresents financial information for personal or unethical gain.
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.