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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on November 28, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Rand Mintzer Attorney at Law is wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fun Facts and Statistics About White-Collar Crimes

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Mintzer Law

While white-collar crimes are thought of as happening infrequently, the truth is that they occur more often than most people realize. In fact, these crimes are so common that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has established several divisions within its ranks in order to deal with them. These divisions fall under the Financial Crimes Section and include: Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Unit (AF/MLU) Economics Crime Unit (ECU) Health...

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Money Laundering and Offshore Banking

Posted on November 22, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Whenever the term "offshore banking" is mentioned, people automatically conjure up images of money laundering charges and investment schemes. The truth is that not all offshore deposits are tied to the crime of cleaning money. In fact, a good number of these accounts are held by ordinary, law-abiding citizens. What is Offshore Banking? Put simply, an offshore bank account is one that is held in a country...

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What is Fund Misappropriation in Texas?

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The term "misappropriation of funds" is talked about quite a bit, but what does it actually mean? Generally speaking, misappropriation of funds is any act that results in money being used in a manner in which it is not intended to be. In many cases, it results in an embezzlement charge, which is the taking of property that belongs to one's employer, or larceny charge,...

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Bribery FAQs: What You Should Know About Bribery

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Mintzer Law

It is especially important for public servants to remain honest in carrying out their duties, which is why the Texas Ethics Commission has developed a set of guidelines for these individuals to follow. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in that person being removed from the position in addition to significant monetary fines and incarceration time. What is Making Bribes? Bribery crimes occur whenever an individual...

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Accused of Embezzlement? These 5 Defenses May Work

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Embezzlement charges involve the purposeful theft or misuse of company funds or property by an employee. It includes illegal activities such as theft of money or property, unauthorized transfer of funds, modifying financial records and falsifying or concealing financial information. Repaying an employer for the money or property that was embezzled could lead to a more lenient sentence. Defenses for Stealing From Work There are a number...

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The 3 Most Common Types of Employee Fraud

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Recruiting honest and reliable employees is one of the more difficult aspects of business ownership and management. Employee fraud can really hurt the bottom line of any business or organization. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, occupational fraud and abuse is a significant problem for U.S. businesses. Professional forensic investigators report that the average business loses five percent of annual revenue to theft...

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Defense Strategies for Texas Money Laundering Charges

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Money laundering allows drug dealers, embezzlers and other criminals to move illegal cash into the legal economy. Even though federal law requires banking officials to report every deposit that exceeds $10,000, creative criminals employ a network of banks, businesses and small deposits to legitimize the dirty cash, making it difficult for law enforcement investigators to prove the origin of the money. Offshore banks may also...

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