Fraud charges arise when someone uses deception to gain an unfair or unlawful advantage. Civil fraud lawsuits are filed by private individuals or entities who believe they have been harmed by another party’s fraudulent behavior. But, if the plaintiff in a civil fraud lawsuit wins, does that mean the defendant will also face criminal fraud […]
You may have heard the term money mule before, but what does it mean? It is a relatively new phenomenon but one that carries severe consequences. In this article, we’ll define what it is, explore the consequences of being a money mule, and highlight some of the risks you take by agreeing to participate in
The term White Collar Crime was reportedly coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland, a legendary sociologist, and criminologist. He used it to describe crimes committed by “persons of respectability” or those with high social status. Today, the FBI commonly uses the phrase to describe a crime committed by business and government professionals involving deception,
Federal wire fraud is best defined as any fraudulent scheme that intentionally deceives another via a wire format. A wire format is open to interpretation, however, common forms of communication via wires include television advertisements, internet services such as emails or faxes, and telephone calls. That being said, in order for someone to be guilty
Dishonest federal prosecutors who engage in prosecutorial misconduct is a serious issue that can affect the lives of innocent people. In our criminal system, prosecutors have a lot of power. They have the power to decide whether to bring charges against someone, what to charge them with, whether to allow them to plead to lesser
Wire fraud happens when an individual uses a device to send information across state lines with the intention of defrauding someone. It’s a serious crime with penalties ranging from probation to 20 years in prison with only a single offense. When wire fraud includes a financial institution or can be connected to a federally declared emergency situation, those penalties rise to $1,000,000 in fines and a possibility of 30 years in prison.