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Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax fraud is generally described as the avoidance of paying taxes owed by illegal means. Tax evasion can be committed by individuals, businesses or corporations in regards to federal, state or local taxes. The IRS and tax laws consider many actions tax fraud, from scams to deceitful bookkeeping. Individual Tax Fraud Tax fraud may be committed by individuals that purposefully use deceitful means to avoid paying income taxes. These tax crimes can take many forms. The following actions may constitute income tax evasion (source): Deliberately under-reporting, omitting or concealing incomes Overstating the amount of deductions False deductions Claiming non-existent dependents Deceptive record keeping Claiming personal expenses as business expenses Hiding or transferring assets or income Failure to file tax returns Using a false social security number Concealing or destroying records… […]

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Wire Fraud, Charges and Penalties

Wire Fraud, Charges and Penalties

A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury. Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features. Fraud is an independent criminal offense, but it also appears in different contexts as the means used to gain a legal advantage or accomplish a specific crime. For example, it is fraud for a person to make a false statement on a license application in order to engage in the… […]

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Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features. Fraud is most common in the buying or selling of property, including real estate, Personal Property, and intangible property, such as stocks, bonds, and copyrights. State and federal statutes criminalize fraud, but not all cases rise to the level of criminality. Prosecutors have discretion in determining which cases to pursue. Victims may also seek redress in civil court. Fraud must be proved by showing that the defendant’s actions involved five separate elements: (1) a false statement of a material fact,(2) knowledge on the part of the defendant that the statement is untrue, (3) intent on the part of… […]

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Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Felony fraud is a type of criminal act. Essentially, fraud is using deceptive actions to harm another party or to benefit personally. For example, a person who uses the postal service to illegally obtain money from another party may be guilty of fraud. Felony fraud is the most serious type of fraud; it often involves government agencies, large sums of money, or very valuable assets and carries higher penalties than more minor fraud offenses. Minor fraud cases may be referred to as misdemeanor offenses. One of the types of fraud that many people are familiar with is check fraud. For example, a person may commit check fraud if he passes off a bad check to a merchant, creates a fake check, or forges someone else’s signature on a check. Different… […]

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What is White Collar Crime?

What is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime is a term coined to describe the crimes committed involving fraud, embezzlement, lying, cheating, stealing, etc. A white collar crime is often a scam to defraud another of a significant amount of money. While it may not seem like it, these crimes always have a victim. A major scam can completely destroy a company, families, or cost people millions of dollars. These are not crimes to be taken lightly simply because they do not involve violence – a white collar crime is complex and requires the skills and experience of a criminal defense lawyer. Fraud In criminal law, fraud is an intentional deception made to gain profits or benefits over another, or even to damage another individual. While most of the time, fraud is a white collar… […]

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Be Aware of A New Kind of Credit Card Fraud

Fraud is a very serious crime in the state of Florida. The charges only increase in severity with the amount of money stolen by fraudulent actions. Unfortunately, fraud is one of the most common types of theft that happens on a daily basis. As technology develops, fraudulent schemes become more and more advanced. With advancing schemes, law enforcement are having a more difficult time tracking down criminals and the systems they are using. These days, credit card fraud and online identity theft is one of the biggest problems that the Economic Crimes Division has to deal with. A Skimmer is Credit Card Fraud People are now being made aware of a new credit card fraud called a skimmer. It is a device that reads the mag stripe on your card… […]

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BurgerFi Chain Involved in Embezzlement Lawsuit

BurgerFi Chain Involved in Embezzlement Lawsuit

The popular BurgerFi chain has been blossoming throughout South Florida. Many residents in the area have nothing but positive remarks when it comes to the chain. The restaurant also boasts its humane and natural meat, which is becoming a must-have in reputable burger restaurants. However, the chain is falling under some scrutiny as the current partners of the BurgerFi business entity are filing several lawsuits against David Mainiero after he abruptly split from the company earlier this year, without giving a reason why. BurgerFi and Competition According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, Mainiero’s ex-partners claim he was stealing from the restaurants to support his lifestyle, decorate his home and open competing restaurants. The estimated loss is around $1 million, according to Lee Goldberg, one of the ex-partners.… […]

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Mortgage Fraud a Growing Problem in South Florida

Mortgage Fraud a Growing Problem in South Florida

Mortgage fraud is becoming a growing problem in South Florida. Law enforcement is cracking down and conducting thorough investigations around home buying. With today’s economic climate, people are more likely to commit mortgage fraud than ever. Unfortunately, innocent people get swept up in these fraudulent schemes without even realizing it. If you have been accused of committing mortgage fraud and you had no intention to do so, contact a criminal defense lawyer and you could even get your case dismissed. Palm Beach County Mortgage Fraud According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, four Palm Beach County residents and one Port Saint Lucie man were charged last week in a mortgage fraud scheme federal investigators said involved $8 million in loan proceeds and 17 homes. If they are convicted,… […]

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Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

In the state of Florida, fraud is charged as a very serious crime. A person who commits fraud can be charged with anything from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony depending on the amount of money taken by fraudulent means. Unfortunately, fraud and theft commonly happen in all areas of life. A story about a Sun coast High School band leader made the news recently after he turned himself in for fraudulently using school funds for his personal expenses. Fraud in Palm Beach County According to an article in WPTV News, Ernest Brown, 51, turned himself into authorities yesterday evening. The high school band leader had been indicted on charges of fraud and misconduct for allegedly using school funds for himself, his family, and his friends to travel to… […]

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Ponzi Scheme in South Florida

Ponzi Scheme in South Florida

Ponzi schemes are investment fraud schemes that generally show up on the news. These fraudulent investments attract an abundance of media attention because they generally involve very wealthy people or people commonly known to the general public. In this case, Scott Rothstein and his uncle were co-conspirators in a $1 billion Ponzi scheme that is now coming to a close. What is a Ponzi Scheme? The definition of a Ponzi scheme according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is an investment fraud that involves the payment of falsified returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi schemers find investors by promising exceptionally high returns with little or no risk. They use money from new investors to pay the previous ones, without engaging in any legitimate investment… […]

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