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Federal Fraud Charges & the Admissions Scandal

  The infamous 2019 college admissions scandal involving federal fraud charges has garnered vast headlines in federal court the past several months as 50 individuals have been charged with varying fraud crimes, primarily, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, along with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Before the government was aware of the …

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Types of Crimes: Infraction, Misdemeanor and Felony

  Types of Crimes When someone breaks the law, the level of severity types of crimes that the individual committed in the act, determines what classification of crime the person will face. That category could be one of three types of crimes ranging from least to most serious, which are: Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies.

Federal Mail Fraud – Is This a Common Crime in a Digital World?

Federal Mail Fraud is still a common crime in our digital world. With the growing age of technology and development of the internet, television, phone calls and more, it would be easy to assume that mail fraud schemes would be far less common in the technological era. On the contrary, mail fraud is still a …

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Under Federal Investigation? What You Need to Know

More often than not, a federal investigation is conducted in secret. You may not be aware that you are being investigated by the Feds because their goal is to maintain anonymity throughout their work. The overarching goal of a  federal investigation is to get enough incriminating evidence to produce a criminal indictment that will eventually …

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Federal Sentencing and Relevant Conduct – What You Need to Know

After a verdict or plea deal is reached in federal court, federal sentencing then comes into play. It is up to the federal judge to determine the sentence that is appropriate for the federal crime committed. In federal criminal cases, judges determine sentences based on the United States Sentencing Guidelines. After the conclusion of a …

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Attorney Hiring Tips for a Tax Investigation – Kenney Legal

Tax investigation Tips for a hiring an attorney for a tax investigation Defending yourself from tax fraud or a tax investigation?  Be careful… Any good steward of personal finances knows their money inside and out. You are on top of the situation, and it almost seems insulting to invite someone into this world. True though …

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Trial Attorney or Litigator?

Knowing whether the attorney you have retained is someone who will actually go to trial or someone who will refer you on if the case gets that far takes a simple question before you hand over your money. You want to ask them if they handle trials because you will want the one person who is most familiar with your case and your circumstances to be the one representing you in court.

Trial Experience Matters…

Trial Experience Matters!   Picture this: you have been charged with a crime and are facing what could be a significant amount of time behind bars. Your only choice is to hire an attorney who would be responsible for convincing a jury of 12 strangers that you didn’t commit the crime that you have been …

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Federal Confidential Informants – Paid Snitches!

Most federal confidential informants are registered with a federal agency. With the help of these informants it becomes possible for agents and prosecutors to understand the many parts that constitute large conspiracies and attempt to dismantle them. Many informants work for the federal government in order to avoid charges for their own heinous crimes or …

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Federal Convictions Based On Willful Blindness

Willful Blindness is a theory of liability in the federal criminal justice system that just doesn’t seem fair.  The doctrine of willful blindness helps prosecutors convict defendants who deliberately shield themselves from clear evidence of critical facts that are strongly suggested by the circumstances.  If a defendant who behaves in this manner, they are just …

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