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Squatters in foreclosed houses growing area of white collar crime

Over the last several years, mortgage fraud has made headlines as one of the most prominent forms of white collar crime. Now another crime involving foreclosed and abandoned property is gaining prominence.

Squatting, which is legally defined as occupying abandoned property without the owner's permission, has become prevalent in areas where the number of foreclosures have skyrocketed.

White-collar crime charges are new target of FBI

An allegation that prosecutors have failed to go after white-collar crime came from an unusual source at a recent meeting in New Jersey where participants discussed securities fraud issues. The source of the accusation was the former chief financial officer of an electronics company whose principals, including the CFO, were convicted of tax fraud and other white-collar crime charges in the 1980s.

Speaking about his old company, the CFO said it was engaged in fraudulent conduct from the minute it opened for business. The former company executive claims that his company engaged in tax fraud by devising methods for under-reporting its income. Securities fraud entered the picture when the decision was made to take the company public.

You can defend yourself against charges of Internet crime

There was a time not that long ago when computers and the Internet were seen as tools to assist businesses to operate in a faster, more efficient and organized manner. The Internet was seen as an aid to students researching a topic and to help ordinary people expand their knowledge.

Today the Internet is not only seen as a peripheral tool to help people but it has become a business itself. So many people can now enter into transactions and conduct business without any paper, and cross international borders without ever leaving their home because of the Internet. The former niche tool has become the lifeblood of many businesses

Federal investigation leads to defense motion in New Jersey court

A New Jersey Superior Court judge must decide if evidence obtained in an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration can be used by state prosecutors at the trial of a pharmacist on conspiracy and drug charges.

After federal prosecutors elected not to file federal charges in the case, the evidence was turned over to state investigators who pursued the allegations that eventually led to the suspect's indictment and arrest.

White-collar crimes: an overview

Some crimes by their very names can conjure images of the type of person who commits them. Crimes such as assault, strong-arm robbery, or burglary may bring to mind a rough sort of individual. Another type of crime, though, may produce a different kind of mental image: "white-collar crime."

When we hear the term white-collar crime, we may think of a business executive wearing a business suit planning some sort of arcane scheme involving complex and little understood corporate financial matters, like money laundering or insider-trading. But is this understanding entirely accurate? While these examples do indeed represent types of white-collar crime, the term itself includes many different kinds of the illegal activity.

Federal court reinstates lawsuit against prosecutor's office

In most cases involving police detectives and prosecutors against alleged mobsters, those accused as mobsters are the defendants. A recent decision by a New Jersey federal appeals court has effectively reversed this presumption by allowing the estate of a deceased alleged mobster to proceed with its lawsuit against the prosecutor's office in Bergen County as well as its chief of detectives.

The lawsuit by the estate originated out of a criminal prosecution dating back to 2004, during which the plaintiff estate alleged that law enforcement officials in the Bergen County prosecutor's office leaked the name of the now-deceased alleged mobster as an informant. He was later murdered in what has been described as an execution-style killing. The estate's lawsuit claims that the alleged leak amounted to a danger created by the state which violated the civil rights of the decedent.

Tax fraud charges can be fought

Allegations of tax fraud are very serious and it can be difficult to develop a criminal defense. Ultimately, you may find yourself faced with a prison sentence or heavy fine, not to mention the damage to your professional career and reputation.

FBI and state investigations of tax fraud or involvement from the IRS could mean that you will have tax fraud charges or other felony charges filed against you for which you will need to attend a hearing or go to court. It is important to find an experienced lawyer or legal team to represent you.

Different levels of government prosecute fraud

With the economic recession that began in 2008 came an attitude in New Jersey and throughout the country that was very hostile towards executives in large companies and people working within the financial industry. They were seen as reckless gamblers or greedy thieves that blatantly stole money from ordinary, honest people. The prevailing mood was that these financiers should be prosecuted and punished.

It is dangerous to allow hysteria to take the reins away from common sense and rational judgment. When that occurs, the risk is that innocent people will be accused and harmed in the process.

What is insider trading?

Everyone who trades stocks ordinarily does so based on a combination of luck, speculation, and knowledge about a company. To keep the playing field level, the government is increasingly regulating what is known as "insider trading."

Insider trading centers around the idea of "inside information;" there are two criteria that an element of information must meet to be considered inside information. First, it is information that is not public. Second, it is information that could change the price of a stock if the public found out.

Man convicted of child molestation faces new federal charges

A man who had already been convicted on charges in another state of child molestation is now facing federal charges in connection with the same incident, based on his taking the child into the state of New Jersey.

The state law conviction resulted in a sentence based on a plea bargain of only two years imprisonment. The plea deal was arrived at apparently over the objections of the local district attorney. This relatively short sentence may have also sparked the interest of federal prosecutors in exploring the possibility of trying the accused under federal law.