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How Common is Racketeering in Palm Beach County?

How Common is Racketeering in Palm Beach County?

There has been a huge public corruption sweep of Palm Beach County. The investigations of Chaz Equipment Co. are concluding as prosecutors say Chaz perused workers from nine local governments with extensive gifts like hunting trips, NASCAR excursions, pricey jewelry, and expensive gift cards. The company allegedly received at least $73 million over a decade in public water and sewer business, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis. According to the Palm Beach post, there are 77 criminal accounts including bribery and racketeering charges. The five Chaz employees (including owner Gary Czajkowski) and eight government workers are currently under investigation as there is no clear line linking exactly what Chaz distributed or received, or even what kind of work Chaz may have received based on the gifts given. However, Palm… […]

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How To Deal With Fraud Charges

How To Deal With Fraud Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a 34-year-old woman faces felony charges after St. Lucie County sheriff’s investigators determined more than $40,000 was stolen from a business where she worked as an office manager, according to recently released records. Misty Dawn McCoy was arrested Nov. 27 on organized fraud and second-degree grand theft charges following the incidents relating to Teacher’s Place day care in the 3300 block of South 25th Street. A Teacher’s Place representative told sheriff’s investigators in September she suspected McCoy, the office manager, of stealing. She said she knew of at least $520 missing from recent deposits. Teacher’s Place representatives confronted McCoy about the missing money. McCoy said she “stole the money,” using it to pay her bills. McCoy, who said she took the money “over… […]

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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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