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Hindering a Secured Creditor: What It Is and What It Means

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Hindering a Secured Creditor in Texas Dealing with debt collectors in Texas can be a stressful situation. Creditors may demand that payments be made and, if the payments are not submitted on time, the creditors may threaten to repossess a person's property. In the United States, failure to repay a debt is not a crime. This means that a person cannot be charged, arrested or jailed...

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Tax Evasion: You May Avoid Prosecution with the Statue of Limitations

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Rarely do people run into someone who enjoys paying income taxes, and an even rarer occurrence is meeting someone who wants to pay more to the government in taxes than is required. Using legitimate methods such as allowable deductions and exemptions to reduce one's tax burden is not illegal. A person who engages in illegal methods to hide income or inflate deductions and exemptions is...

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What is Considered Consumer Fraud in Texas?

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Consumer fraud in the state of Texas is claiming victims on a daily basis. Average people are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous businesses that seek out profit schemes that prey upon the trust and good faith of consumers. The Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act is one of several Texas statutes designed to protect consumers. The Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act The DTPA and the Federal Trade...

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Voter Fraud: A Conviction Will Cost More than an Election

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Mintzer Law

America is founded upon a representative form of government in which voters elect people to represent them in the decision-making process. The system depends upon maintaining voter confidence that the system by which public officials are elected is a fair and honest one. Public officials engaging in activities such as buying votes undermines the faith and trust citizens place in the political system. Fraud Undermines the...

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Fraud: How Realistic Is the Movie “Office Space?”

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The 1999 movie "Office Space" offered viewers a comedic view of the lives of disgruntled workers at an IT company. Although it is a work of fiction, the movie's portrayal of a scheme by three workers to reprogram the company's computers to siphon pennies from corporate accounts and divert them into an account of their own might not be that far removed from reality. Detecting Fraud The...

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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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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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Texas Credit Card Fraud: 3rd Degree Felony Charges Await

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Texas prosecutors and judges consider credit card fraud to be a serious violation of the state’s penal code. As such, a person charged with committing credit card fraud could be sentenced to serve time in prison and pay a $10,000 fine. A conviction would leave a person with a criminal record as a felony offender that could severely limit the individual’s employment opportunities. Credit Card Fraud...

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