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3 Types of Mortgage Fraud

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Once the nationwide shock over the collapse of the real estate and mortgage markets subsided, federal and state officials began to see an increase in complaints of mortgage fraud. The Federal Bureau of Investigation noted that those involved in the planning and execution of mortgage fraud schemes included: Mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders Real estate appraisers Mortgage underwriters Real estate brokers and sales agents Real estate developers and builders Prosecutors and...

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Phishing: Jail is Just a Click Away

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The popularity of conducting consumer and other financial transactions through the Internet has led to an increase in Internet fraud. Texas has one of the strictest Internet fraud laws in the country to target phishing and other criminal activities that attempt to gain access to an individual’s confidential personal information to use in committing other crimes. Using the Internet for Phishing Phishing employs the use of emails...

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Pyramid Schemes: Don’t Get Caught or Else…

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Running a pyramid scheme in Texas is illegal and could mean doing time in a state jail and paying substantial fines. There are legitimate business ventures that have many of the same characteristics as a pyramid scheme, so you could find yourself wrongly accused of committing a crime and require the assistance of an attorney to defend you. What is a Pyramid Scheme? In its simplest form,...

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3 Types of Debts That Can Be Garnished in Texas

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Financial setbacks happen to people all too frequently. The loss of a job can cause you to fall behind on paying your debts. Even when you return to work, catching up on what you owe can be difficult and might result in creditors using the courts or collection agencies in an effort to collect what is owed. One collection method used by creditors is the...

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Texas Mortgage Fraud: You Could Go to Prison for 99 Years

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Mortgage fraud is a serious criminal offense punishable by heavy fines and imprisonment. Because prosecutors had difficulty proving the difference between an honest mistake and an intentionally false statement on a mortgage application, few people were charged with mortgage fraud in Texas. The number of prosecutions increased dramatically as reports of widespread fraud in the mortgage industry came to light in 2008. Recognizing Mortgage Fraud Texas criminal...

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Pick That up! You Could be Charged with a Felony for Littering

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Changing the oil in your car or truck might not seem like an activity that could get you thrown in jail, but failing to properly dispose of the waste oil could cost you $2,000 in fines and six months in jail if you are caught and convicted. If you are one of the many people who consider littering to be a petty offense, you could...

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Money Laundering: How Much Can it Cost You?

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Mintzer Law

A person can face time in prison and hefty fines if convicted of the crime of money laundering in Texas. Merely being aware that a transaction involves the proceeds of criminal activity is enough for law enforcement and prosecutors to file money laundering charges. An individual does not have to participate in the initial criminal activity to be charged with money laundering. Money Laundering under Texas...

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Unpaid Payday Loans Could Get You Jail Time for Check Fraud

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Mintzer Law

What starts as a small loan to help you cover your bills until you receive your next pay check can turn into a nightmare if you do not repay the money when it is due. The fees associated with the typical payday loan can make it an expensive way to borrow money. There is a risk that a borrower could be charged with the criminal...

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