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Phishing: Jail is Just a Click Away

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The popularity of conducting consumer and other financial transactions through the Internet has led to an increase in Internet fraud. Texas has one of the strictest Internet fraud laws in the country to target phishing and other criminal activities that attempt to gain access to an individual’s confidential personal information to use in committing other crimes. Using the Internet for Phishing Phishing employs the use of emails...

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Pyramid Schemes: Don’t Get Caught or Else…

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Mintzer Law

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 defend you. What is a Pyramid Scheme? In its simplest form,...

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845 Year Prison Sentence: Famous White Collar Crimes

Posted on January 1, 2014 by Mintzer Law

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 come. Today, Madoff is in the fourth year of...

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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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Fun Facts and Statistics About White-Collar Crimes

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Mintzer Law

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 Forfeiture/Money Laundering Unit (AF/MLU) Economics Crime Unit (ECU) Health...

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Money Laundering and Offshore Banking

Posted on November 22, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Whenever the term "offshore banking" is mentioned, people automatically conjure up images of money laundering charges and investment schemes. The truth is that not all offshore deposits are tied to the crime of cleaning money. In fact, a good number of these accounts are held by ordinary, law-abiding citizens. What is Offshore Banking? Put simply, an offshore bank account is one that is held in a country...

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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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Bribery FAQs: What You Should Know About Bribery

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Mintzer Law

It is especially important for public servants to remain honest in carrying out their duties, which is why the Texas Ethics Commission has developed a set of guidelines for these individuals to follow. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in that person being removed from the position in addition to significant monetary fines and incarceration time. What is Making Bribes? Bribery crimes occur whenever an individual...

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