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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. 

Pharmacist admits to ricin plot in New Jersey federal court

A man with a residence in New Jersey recently pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he acquired seeds and other materials used in the extraction of highly potent poisons, and also attempted to produce illegal drugs. In addition to those charges, authorities alleged that the pharmacist had in his possession weapons, explosive precursor chemicals, ammunition, and body armor.

Police apparently investigated the man after authorities discovered a series of online transactions that suggested he was attempting to produce illegal drugs. After executing search warrants on several New Jersey properties, authorities were surprised to find a large stash of weapons and other materials that the man admitted were purchased to be used in future conflicts.

Broker pleads guilty to insurance fraud in New Jersey

A New Jersey insurance broker recently admitted to siphoning close to $1 million in premiums from his clients. Facing criminal charges, he has entered a guilty plea in federal court.

The broker sold health insurance policies in New Jersey and several other states. When he started his company, he had a relationship with a legitimate insurer who backed the health plans he created and sold. In 2008, however, the insurance company ended its relationship with the broker. He received a notice later that year from the federal government to cease operations, but he reportedly continued to sell policies in what grew into a case of business fraud.

Organized crime defendant sentenced for returning to old ways

Sometimes when we a watch a film or a television series about organized crime, we might think of activities like crime families infiltrating businesses and taking them over as things of the past. Recent investigations into the waste hauling industry in New Jersey, however, have attempted to prove that organized crime is alive in the state.

A Federal District Court judge has recently issued a year-long prison sentence to a man who--although having been banned decades ago from participation in the state’s waste hauling industry due to alleged connections with organized crime--pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to once again gain control over the same industry in two New Jersey counties.

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