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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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Defense Strategies for Texas Money Laundering Charges

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Money laundering allows drug dealers, embezzlers and other criminals to move illegal cash into the legal economy. Even though federal law requires banking officials to report every deposit that exceeds $10,000, creative criminals employ a network of banks, businesses and small deposits to legitimize the dirty cash, making it difficult for law enforcement investigators to prove the origin of the money. Offshore banks may also...

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What are the Penalties for Embezzlement in Texas?

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Theft by means of lying and cheating, as opposed to the use of force or threats of force, has been referred to as a white-collar crime since 1939. According to Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code, embezzlement is a white-collar crime that occurs when a person to whom money or property has been entrusted steals all or a part of it. Elements of an Embezzlement...

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How to Defend Against Trademark Counterfeit Claims

Posted on October 9, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The first notice a person or business receives of trademark infringement is usually a cease and desist letter in which the sender claims rights to the trademark and includes an assertion that its rights have been violated. If the receiver of the letter fails to comply by ending the conduct that infringes on the trademark or fails to respond to the letter, a lawsuit could...

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Do Your Part: Dispose of Hazardous Waste the Right Way

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Mintzer Law

The identification, safe-handling procedures and proper disposal regulations for many household and industrial products are governed by federal, state and local hazardous waste laws. Hazardous waste can cause injury to people, fish and wildlife if disposed of improperly. The regulation of federal environmental laws is handled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many products commonly found around the home should be disposed of as hazardous...

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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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The Risks of Writing Bad Checks

Posted on September 4, 2013 by Mintzer Law

Writing a check is a quick, simple and (usually) safe method to pay for products or services. Problems arise for both the consumer and merchant when the bank on which the check is drawn refuses to honor it. Common reasons for which a bank might refuse to honor a check include: Lack of sufficient funds in the account to cover the amount of the check The check...

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