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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...

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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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How Ponzi Schemes Generate Wealth – Until Your Busted

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Fraudulent investment schemes have been in the news over the past few years as unscrupulous individuals stole millions of dollars from people enticed by the opportunity to earn extraordinarily high returns on their investments. The most common form of investment fraud is the pyramid scheme. How a Pyramid Scheme Functions In a typical pyramid scheme, the person committing the fraud recruits investors with the promise of returns...

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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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Degree 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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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 Health Care Fraud Charges

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Medical practitioners are frequent targets of federal and state law enforcement agencies and prosecutors for alleged violations of Medicare and Medicaid rules, regulations and procedures. Doctors, therapists, nurses and pharmacists must contend with the complexities and ambiguities of federal health care laws that can result in seemingly innocent activities becoming the subject of a Medicaid or Medicare audit or criminal investigation. Common Health Care Fraud Investigations The...

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How to Avoid Overdraft and Bounced Check Fees

Posted on September 11, 2013 by Mintzer Law

A check tells your bank to pay the specified amount of money written on it to the individual or business whose name appears on the check. If you do not have at least the amount for which the check was written in your checking account, your bank can refuse to pay it. When that happens, your bank can impose fees for processing and returning the...

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