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Mortgage Fraud – Big Business in Palm Beach County

Mortgage fraud consists of a wide range of crimes where people deliberately misrepresent the truth or conceal facts on a mortgage application. In federal courts, mortgage fraud is prosecuted as wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and money laundering – with penalties up to 30 years in prison. Mortgage fraud has grown dramatically over the last few years and many states have begun to enact their own penalties. The state of Florida along with cites and counties including Palm Beach County have established Mortgage Fraud Task Forces. Mortgage fraud is different from predatory mortgage lending, which occurs when a customer is misled or deceived by lenders, brokers or agents. However, these two types of crimes often go hand-in-hand. Types of Mortgage Fraud Income Fraud This is when a borrower overstates… […]

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False Arrest – Case # MM-007419 – Palm Beach County

Last year, a man was forcibly – and without probable cause – removed from his vehicle and then tased and beaten by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department deputy during a routine traffic stop. He was charged with resisting arrest and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. The use of force by law enforcement agencies against citizens in Florida has reached record levels. Sheriff’s deputies and local law enforcement officers are quick to charge citizens with resisting arrest without violence or obstructing justice. The officers will then state: “The accused did not obey a lawful order.” In Florida, a person may be accused of resisting arrest without or with violence. Resisting without violence is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a… […]

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White Collar Crime in Palm Beach County

Fraud – the art of deliberate deception for unlawful gain – is as old as history itself; but the term “white collar crime” is relatively new. It was coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland to describe a new kind of crime that was different from street crime or “blue collar crime.” Now it has become synonymous with a full range of frauds committed by businesses and government officials alike. The list of white collar crimes keeps growing each year; corporate fraud, health care fraud, bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, computer fraud, insurance fraud, hedge fund fraud, identity theft, and forgery – to name a few. It is estimated that it costs the United States more than $300 billion annually, according to the FBI. Today’s con artists are more sophisticated than ever,… […]

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What is Money Laundering?

Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions to conceal the identity, source or destination of illegally gained money. It is a major crime in many states and countries. U.S. Federal law is severe: “Whoever knowingly conducts or attempts to conduct a financial transaction which in fact involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.” In the past, money laundering only applied to organized crime. Today, it has been expanded to include private individuals, drug dealers, businesses, corrupt officials and even states.… […]

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Domestic Violence in Palm Beach County

Florida law defines domestic violence as any assault (threat or attempt to do bodily harm), battery (intentional, unlawful touching or striking) sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking (repeated, willful and malicious pattern of harassing, or following), kidnapping, or false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury, or death of one “family or household” member by another who is, or was, residing in the same single dwelling unit. Domestic violence is a serious problem and it is getting worse every year. It is a common cause of injury. Victims may suffer physical injuries like bruises or broken bones – or worse. They may also suffer emotionally from depression, anxiety and social isolation. It is hard to know exactly how many domestic violence incidents there are in Palm Beach County because… […]

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Ten Tips For Hiring A Good Criminal Defense Lawyer

I hope you never have to use this list. But if you ever need a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County, this is a good guideline to follow. If you get charged with a crime, you are going to need a criminal lawyer. It’s as simple as that. 1) Where Do I Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer? Phone books or on-line directories may help but they take time and you don’t have a lot of time. Your best bet is a personal referral, whether it is from a friend, family member or business associate. Talk to the lawyer over the phone first. Ask about their level of experience and determine the hourly rate before you sign anything. 2) Does the Location of the Lawyer Matter? Yes. Even though technology… […]

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Drugs are everywhere in Palm Beach County – from the seediest alleys in Riviera Beach to the fanciest homes in Boca Raton. In spite of the millions of dollars being spent on education, interdiction and incarceration, drugs are not going away. If you are a drug user, chances are you are going to get caught sooner or later. There is a mandatory minimum prison sentence of at least three years for many drug crimes in Florida. Here are some sobering statistics from Florida Department of Corrections: Drug offenders who have been sentenced to prison under the current minimum 85% of sentence served policy will, on average, serve a significantly longer period of time in prison than at any time over the past 25 years. The average prison sentence under this… […]

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