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How Serious is Shoplifting?

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Mintzer Law

Shoplifting in Texas Shoplifting is a fairly common crime. Compared to other offenses, this one may seem like a relatively minor criminal charge. In reality, the penalties for shoplifting can be serious. Being convicted for this offense can lead to fines, probation, restitution payments and being banned from certain properties. Repeated offenses or shoplifting high-value items can even lead to time behind bars. What Is Shoplifting? Shoplifting is...

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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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Forgery: 4 Strategies Used to Replicate a Signature

Posted on December 4, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Forgery is usually part of a fraudulent scheme designed to steal money or property from an innocent victim. In its simplest form, forgery involves duplicating a person’s signature. This form of identity theft is rarely the work of a professional forger. Forged signatures are usually the work of individuals with rudimentary forgery skills who rely upon three common methods: simulation, tracing, cut and paste, and...

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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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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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Shoplifting in Texas and Your Legal Defense

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The following article was provided by Adam Rosenblum and does not necessarily reflect the views of Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law. Shoplifting is categorized under the theft crimes in Texas.  Generally the punishments are based on how valuable the item or items stolen are.  The prosecution and the police officer need to show that you in fact acted with criminal intent.  This means that proof beyond...

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