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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.

Man out of prison for tax fraud now accused of unemployment fraud

A recent alleged criminal case of fraud in New Jersey concerns allegations involving a trucking business. The charges are that the former owner of the business claimed to have employed non-existent workers, filed phony unemployment claims, and led a criminal enterprise that paid him even when he was behind bars.

Law enforcement officials have accused a total of four men of running a scheme that allegedly went on for years to collect New Jersey’s state funds for unemployment claims. The claimed ringleader of the group had once owned the trucking company. 

New Jersey company connected to fraud and witness tampering

It has been said that the two happiest moments for a timeshare owner are when he or she buys it, and when he or she sells it. Sometimes timeshare owners come to regret their decision to buy and feel that they succumbed to high-pressure sales tactics. When they look for a way out however, they may become vulnerable to sharp dealers seeking to take advantage of their distress.

Those circumstances formed the basis for a trial that has already resulted in the conviction of two owners of a New Jersey company accused of swindling more than 200 timeshare owners of nearly $12 million. The case has recently ensnared a third defendant, who prosecutors accuse of attempting to tamper with witness testimony.

New Jersey federal jury will decide fate of two alleged mobsters

Whenever the government goes after members of an alleged organized crime organization, or anyone who is suspected of committing a white collar crime, it is making serious accusations that must be proven before a jury.

If you have been involved in such a situation or are worried about a federal investigation into your activities, then it may be in your best interest to consult an attorney. An attorney may provide information and valuable advice concerning the specifics of your case and what options you may have in conducting your defense.

Couple faces health care fraud charges in New Jersey

Those accused of fraud and other white collar crimes should understand they have options. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help them understand their options and potentially ease some of their immediate concerns. Authorities do not take these types of crimes lightly, and the punishment for such crimes can be lofty, both monetarily and with prison time.

A couple, who are joint owners and operators of a mobile diagnostic company in New Jersey, are facing such charges. The couple was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to The Citizen of Morris County.

Ex-investment advisor pleads guilty to white collar crimes

Many New Jersey residents are watching the case of a former investment adviser who recently pleaded guilty to charges of wire, bank, and securities fraud. The man admitted to his role in a fraudulent scheme that, in addition to bilking private investors of tens of millions of dollars, caused a rural bank collapse, losing tens of millions more.

As the result of a plea bargain with prosecutors, the man received a sentence of at least 30 years in prison. He admitted to falsifying documents that he gave to his investors. These fake financial statements were allegedly supposed to cover up losses he ran making risky investments. Most of the money he lost and embezzled came from clients of his investment firm, according to the allegations. A large chunk of it also reportedly came from a local bank in which he served as a director. 

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