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Pyramid Schemes: Don’t Get Caught or Else…

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 […]

Written by on February 21, 2014

3 Types of Debts That Can Be Garnished in Texas

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 […]

Written by on February 19, 2014

845 Year Prison Sentence: Famous White Collar Crimes

Before the stories broke of a massive Ponzi scheme at Madoff Securities, few people in America had ever heard of Bernie Madoff. By the end of December 2008, Bernie Madoff and his $50 billion investment swindle were on the front page of newspapers across the country and became the lead story on news broadcasts for months to […]

Written by on January 1, 2014

Extortion vs. Blackmail: What’s The Difference?

The similarities between extortion and blackmail frequently lead to people confusing the two. Both are theft crimes involving threats, but there are differences in the conduct prohibited by the Texas Penal Code for each crime.   Extortion Extortion is a theft crime involving the use of coercion to obtain money, property or services from a victim. Coercion is usually in […]

Written by on December 18, 2013

How Ponzi Schemes Generate Wealth – Until Your Busted

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, […]

Written by on December 11, 2013

Forgery: 4 Strategies Used to Replicate a Signature

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 […]

Written by on December 4, 2013

Fun Facts and Statistics About White-Collar Crimes

While white-collar crimes are thought of as happening infrequently, the truth is that they occur more often than most people realize. In fact, these crimes are so common that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has established several divisions within its ranks in order to deal with them. These divisions fall under the Financial Crimes Section and include: Asset […]

Written by on November 27, 2013