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Texas Identity Theft: It Wasn’t Me

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Identity theft is a serious criminal offense in the state of Texas for which a person could be sentenced to serve time in a state jail. Because of the damage caused by this crime and the disruption it can create in a victim’s life, courts are empowered to order a defendant to pay restitution, attorney’s fees, lost income and other expenses to the person whose...

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Harris County Tax Fraud: What Penalties Am I Facing?

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Tax evasion is a crime under federal law. The penalties for intentionally filing a tax return that a person knows to contain false information can result in sizable monetary penalties, criminal prosecution and the potential for imprisonment if convicted. The Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service has jurisdiction to investigate and refer for prosecution any taxpayer who engages in criminal activity with regard...

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Embezzlement: Get Legal Help or Spend 10 Years in Prison

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Embezzlement is a serious criminal offense that can result in a prison sentence and hefty fines if a person is convicted. There are many ways in which the crime of embezzlement can occur, but knowing how to properly handle an accusation of wrongdoing might allow a person to avoid the harsh penalties or, depending upon the circumstances, avoid prosecution. The Crime of Embezzlement Embezzlement is categorized as...

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Texas Gambling: What’s Legal & What’s Not

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Gambling is generally classified as a crime in Texas, but certain activities, such as bingo or a game of poker at a friend’s home, are legal. The distinction between activities that the law classifies as illegal gambling and those activities that are allowed can be difficult to discern from a casual reading of the Texas Penal Code. Knowing the difference can mean avoiding criminal penalties...

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Texas Deceptive Trade Practices: An Expensive Business Strategy

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Texas lawmakers came to the aid of consumers in 1973 with the enactment of the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act (DTPA). The law prohibits businesses and individuals from engaging in acts and practices designed to mislead or deceive consumers. The Texas Business and Commerce Code offers two potential remedies for consumers who are victims of false, misleading or deceptive trade practices. The remedies under chapter 17...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Rand Mintzer is Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Texas Security Fraud: You Could Spend the Rest of Your Life Behind Bars

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Engaging in securities fraud in Texas is a crime that the state takes very seriously. A person convicted of committing the crime could be imprisoned in the state penitentiary for up to 10 years and have a criminal recorded with a felony conviction on it. Once released from prison, the individual could have difficulty obtaining a job, qualifying for housing or receiving financial aid for...

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Small Lies That Result in Big Insurance Fraud Penalties

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Insurance companies are not the only ones feeling the financial effects of insurance fraud. The billions of dollars that insurance companies payout each year in fraudulent claims eventually impacts consumers in the form of higher insurance premiums. Most people associate a fake injury or a staged accident with insurance fraud schemes, but overlooked forms of fraud include: Obtaining inflated appraisals on jewelry Insuring a home as a primary...

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