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Diploma Mills: Using a Fake Degree is a Crime in Texas

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Schools offering degrees without establishing standards as to the amount of work a student must do or without establishing minimum standards that a student must meet to achieve the degree frequently are referred to as diploma mills. Fraudulently issuing a diploma or using a fictitious degree obtained from a degree mill drains state budgets as licensing agencies are forced to devote time and energy to...

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What are the Penalties for Embezzlement in Texas?

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Theft by means of lying and cheating, as opposed to the use of force or threats of force, has been referred to as a white-collar crime since 1939. According to Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code, embezzlement is a white-collar crime that occurs when a person to whom money or property has been entrusted steals all or a part of it. Elements of an Embezzlement...

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Private Car Sales and Fraudulent Transfers of Motor Vehicles

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Being involved in the sale or lease of a motor vehicle usually does not place the transaction's participants at risk of committing a felony crime. Texas criminal laws impose penalties on motor vehicle dealers and others who engage in fraudulent activities that deceive owners or buyers. Fraudulent Transfer of a Motor Vehicle in Texas The Texas Penal Code makes it a crime to engage in the fraudulent...

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How to Defend Against Trademark Counterfeiting or Infringement Claims

Posted on October 9, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The first notice a person or business receives of a trademark infringement is usually a cease and desist letter in which the sender claims rights to the trademark and includes an assertion that its rights have been violated. If the receiver of the letter fails to comply by ending the conduct that infringes on the trademark or fails to respond to the letter, a lawsuit...

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Elder Abuse: Behaviors That May Result in Criminal Charges

Posted on October 2, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Protecting the state's senior residents from harm, neglect or exploitation is the focus of Texas laws enforced by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. The efforts of law enforcement agencies are directed toward protecting elderly residents living in their homes or in long-term care facilities from physical, verbal or emotional abuse and from financial exploitation. Elder Abuse and Neglect in Texas Elder abuse is defined in Chapter 48...

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