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What is the crime of embezzlement?

Sometimes people may complain that the legal profession uses too much “legalese” in describing things like crimes. Popular television shows and movies have helped to remove the mystery or confusion from some legal terms, but it can still be the case that the general public is not always able to discern the specific behavior or action that constitutes a crime even if they are casually aware of what it represents.

Embezzlement is one of those terms that many people have heard in different contexts but are still possibly a little unsure about exactly it means or what the illegal act it refers to is. Basically, embezzlement is the theft of money or property by a person who has been placed in a position of trust to hold the money or property for safekeeping. 

Internet crime legislation continues to evolve over time

It is difficult to imagine these days what life would be like without the benefit of the Internet. There is now a growing segment of the population that has never known life without the Internet.

We've all become experts or perceived experts on any given subject because of the access many of us have through our personal computers and smartphones to an endless amount of information and knowledge.

Legal support often critical in cases of white collar crime

Employees have become considerably more apprehensive in recent years with the steady rise of convictions related to business theft and embezzlement. White collar crimes continue to be prosecuted across America, including New Jersey, where guilty offenders are receiving harsh punishments like jail time and heavy fines. An embezzlement defense is important to develop as soon as possible.

The investigations in these cases are often handled on a state or federal level, where authorities are particularly hard on the accused. In fact, the government often assigns organizations like the FBI, IRS and Secret Service to handle these matters, and puts white collar crimes in a similar category to drug and violent offenders. Charges may range from business, health care and tax fraud, to money laundering, embezzlement, theft and falsifying documents.

A former federal prosecutor is your best ally in a tax fraud case

A humorous television commercial that ran years ago featured a man for whom the day had gone very badly. One thing after another went wrong for him; at the end, his young son came to him and said, "Telephone for you, Daddy! What does it mean, IRS?"

In the real world, of course, hearing from the IRS is seldom an occasion for amusement; especially when the subject of its communication with you is to accuse you of tax fraud.

Man accused of crimes in 3 states, in New Jersey federal court

One difference between federal and state courts lies in how a federal court can gain jurisdiction over a matter. Bases for such jurisdiction can include charges of federal law violations, or of alleged criminal activity that crosses state lines.

A case involving a man accused of engaging in a string of criminal acts that began in one state, crossed New Jersey and ended in a third state provides one example of how a federal court -- this one in Newark, New Jersey -- can have jurisdiction instead of a state court.

What is wire fraud?

The integration of digital communications into the daily lives of many Americans has arguably been one of the drivers behind the increases in worker productivity in this country. But the same technological advances that can boost the profitability of a business or make anything from shopping to banking more convenient can also create opportunities for less savory activities.

A general term used to describe some illegal behaviors that use electronic means is wire fraud.

Examining the criminal appeals process after a conviction

The portrayals of the criminal justice system that most people see on television or in a movie usually end with the trial conviction of the accused; but in reality, if one is convicted of a state or federal crime in New Jersey or anywhere else, life does not fade to black and roll credits. Depending on what happened at the trial, it may be possible to appeal the trial court outcome.

Part of the justice in the criminal justice system is the existence of a mechanism to correct for critical mistakes made during the trial. That mechanism is the appeal process. This post provides a brief overview of how the criminal appeals process works.

Multiple defendants charged in event ticket Internet scam

When people are enjoying a concert or sporting event, they probably aren’t thinking about where their tickets came from. Maybe they got them from a friend; or maybe they purchased them off an Internet service like Ticketmaster or StubHub, or even from a third-party while outside the venue.

If the tickets came from a third-party, though, it is possible that they came from an illegal international scheme, as a recent investigation reveals. It has resulted in the arrests of six people who allegedly fraudulently obtained about $1.6 million worth of tickets from StubHub.

New Jersey court finds exception to spousal evidence rights

A recent blog post on our site discussed the topic of immunity when providing testimony that would be helpful to the determination of the case, but detrimental to the witness testifying. The witness could potentially implicate him or herself in the crime as well. 

Now the New Jersey Supreme Court is asking the state legislature to change another rule of evidence that would significantly change a privilege traditionally granted in the introduction of evidence.

Immune testimony in federal crime prosecutions: risks and rewards

The upcoming trial of a former governor and his wife on federal corruption charges highlights a common and sometimes controversial tactic used by prosecutors: testimony from witnesses who have been offered immunity from prosecution themselves.

Although the case is not being brought in the state of New Jersey, the issue of immune witness testimony is relevant to many federal crimes and state criminal prosecutions in every state. Prosecutors in trials across the country often rely on such testimony when seeking to establish the existence of alleged conspiracies or other crimes in which the intent of the defendants is something that the government must prove.

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