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Early defense helpful in a tax fraud case

Being convicted for tax fraud in New Jersey may result in years behind bars. A tax fraud conviction may also lead to huge penalties and fines, and a business owner may watch his or her business become disrupted or close down entirely. An attorney, however, may help those accused of tax fraud to assertively defend themselves against these allegations, and the sooner one can secure defense counsel, the better.

Tax fraud cases may involve state, federal or FBI investigations or even charges of failing to report income or earnings. Other cases of tax fraud include charges of sales and payroll tax fraud. Sometimes tax fraud is actually a corollary charge to a separate investigation, or charges of tax fraud may be related to charges of money laundering.

Man convicted of money laundering

A man in New Jersey was arrested after reportedly engaging in a money laundering scheme. He allegedly committed the money laundering crime with the help of a doctor and by using several phantom employees. The man recently pleaded guilty to both money laundering and conspiracy in connection with the reported scheme. Charges against the doctor are still pending.

The man who now stands convicted of money laundering is 52. Authorities said as part of the scheme, the man worked with a doctor who operated a pain management clinic. With the doctor's help, the man is said to have laundered earnings of $3.6 million and avoided the payment of income taxes.

Medicare and Medicaid fraud charges may lead to prison time

One man in New Jersey was recently accused of engaging in Medicare fraud. When people are charged with Medicare and Medicaid fraud, however, they are always presumed innocent unless their guilt is proved in a court of law. The government must prove this guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before they can be convicted.

In the recent fraud case, a 66-year-old man is said to have sent aides to the homes of people to help dress and feed them. However, the aides were not qualified. In addition, the man reportedly sent fake bills to Medicare and collected funds for his services.

Business fraud case may lead to criminal charges

A case of business fraud in New Jersey can involve many federal and state laws. These laws govern areas such as contracts, business transactions and securities. If you have been accused of business fraud, it is imperative that your attorney thoroughly understand financial practices, corporate practices and accounting principles.

People who are thought to have engaged in business fraud in New Jersey may have both their freedom and their reputations on the line. Individuals who find themselves in this type of situation can include board members and executives who have been accused of defrauding their employers or other shady business practices. Sometimes federal, county and state employees are also accused of defrauding government entities of their honest services.

Man faces charges relating to child pornography

One man in New Jersey has been accused of committing a sex crime. Specifically, authorities said he distributed child pornography. The man facing charges relating to child pornography has pleaded guilty to these charges.

The 43-year-old man pleaded guilty on a Monday to a count of endangering a child's welfare by distributing child pornography. This was done as a part of a plea deal with prosecutors. By entering a guilty plea, the man has admitted to streaming video over the Web that depicted abuse or sexual exploitation of a child. Police said he streamed the video over a video chat service online.

Former executive accused of embezzlement

One man in New Jersey currently faces criminal charges associated with embezzlement. The person accused of embezzlement already faces a civil lawsuit for stealing company funds. Any person charged with this type of crime is presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

The man facing charges was once a top executive of a realty company. He was fired from this position in October 2015. The man is said to have stolen company funds that were intended for marketing-related purposes and then redirecting this money to his personal banking account.

Woman pleads guilty to fraud-related criminal charges

An out-of-state woman was recently accused of committing several criminal acts associated with a major fraud scheme in New Jersey. The alleged fraud involved nearly $1.2 million. The woman who was arrested on fraud-related criminal charges is 63 years old.

The woman, who previously served as an investment adviser, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including securities fraud and identity theft. Her other charges include misapplying entrusted property, conspiracy in the second degree and tampering or falsifying records. She has also been accused of forgery and theft through unlawful taking. Prosecutors dismissed an additional six charges against her, including money laundering and theft by deception.

Man faces charges relating to child pornography

One man in New Jersey faces multiple criminal charges. The charges relating to child pornography include producing as well as receiving it. Regardless, anyone accused of committing this kind of crime has the same rights guaranteed to people charged with other types of criminal activity in the state.

According to police, the 37-year-old man previously faced charges of receiving child pornography. However, he was arrested a second time on a recent Wednesday. This time, the charges involve producing child pornography as well.

Unique jurisdiction issues can send state crimes to federal court

As a general rule, violations of state criminal laws are prosecuted in state court. Federal law violations, such as online child pornography and exploiting children, are usually heard in a federal court. There are, however, situations in which a federal might be forced to preside over a criminal trial that does not involve federal charges containing allegations that someone violated federal law.

Recently, a federal court completed a criminal trial of a couple charged with violating New Jersey child endangerment laws. State prosecutors in a state court would usually bring such charges, but one of the defendants in the case was a member of the armed forces stationed at a military base in New Jersey when the crimes were committed.

What is the difference between theft and embezzlement?

The crimes of theft and embezzlement are very similar. They involve many of the same elements, but there are some key differences. This post will help you understand the different between the two crimes.

Theft is a broad category of crimes. In general, it is defined by New Jersey law as the unlawful taking of another person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive him or her of that property. Theft can involve either movable property or immovable property. As the name suggests, movable property is property that can physically be moved. Examples of movable property include items in a store or a person’s wallet. Immovable property is property that cannot be moved, such as real estate or an interest in land.