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Florida Liquor Store Owner Faces Jail Time For Concealing Cash Receipts From IRS

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It is not uncommon for people to fall behind on their taxes or inadvertently miss a filing deadline. These are not crimes as such. But if the government believes that you have “willfully” attempted to “evade or defeat any tax” that you lawfully owe, you can be prosecuted–and if convicted, you could face up… Read More »

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Supreme Court Holds Lawfully Accessing A Computer Database For An “Improper Purpose” Is Not A Crime

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Computer hacking has been a known problem since the advent of computers themselves. When a person improperly gains access to a computer system, they violate federal law, specifically the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of 1986. The CFAA also makes it a crime to “exceed[] authorized access” to a computer system. In other… Read More »

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What Constitutes “Wire Fraud” Under Federal Law

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White collar criminal charges can do more than affect your public reputation and career. If convicted, you can receive serious prison time, especially if you are tried in federal court. And one of the most common federal white collar crimes is wire fraud. Wire fraud basically refers to the use of any method of… Read More »

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Do the Police Need a Warrant to Search Your Business Website?

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The Fourth Amendment protects you against non-consensual and warrantless searches by the government. For instance, a police officer normally cannot search your car for potential contraband–such as illegal drugs–unless you give consent or a judge issues a search warrant based on a finding of probable cause. Similar rules apply to your house or other… Read More »

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How Does Restitution Work in a Florida Criminal Case?

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If you are convicted of a crime in Florida, you may be required to pay restitution to your victims. This is separate from any jail time or probation you may be required to serve. Florida law separately permits the judge to order restitution for any “damage or loss caused directly or indirectly by the… Read More »

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How Paying Your Tax Bill with a Bad Check Can Land You in Serious Trouble

By The Baez Law Firm |

It is not unusual for people to fall behind in paying their taxes. But there is a difference between an honest person who is simply unable to pay and someone who intentionally tries to avoid paying. The government can–and will–prosecute people in the latter group. Fortunately, there are ways to resolve tax disputes before… Read More »

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What Is PPP Loan Fraud?

By The Baez Law Firm |

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is part of the CARES Act, a piece of emergency legislation enacted to protect working people and small businesses from economic disaster during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  All businesses with 500 employees or fewer were eligible to apply for PPP loans to cover payroll and other… Read More »

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The Arbitrary, Unfair Nature of White-Collar Criminal Prosecutions in The US

By The Baez Law Firm |

The US still doesn’t truly have one definition of “white-collar crime.” While the FBI defines the term as being synonymous with the full range of fraud crimes characterized by concealment, deceit, or violation, and committed by government professionals and businesses, still, this does not reconcile whether, for example, toxic dumping or using a counterfeit… Read More »

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US Department of Justice Updates Prosecutor Guidance On Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs in Criminal Investigations of White Collar Crimes

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In June, the US Department of Justice released an updated Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, which is used at the time of a white-collar offense, as well as at the time of a charging decision, by prosecutors in conducting an investigation of a company and in deciding whether to bring chargers or negotiate a… Read More »

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The Department Of Justice Cracks Down on Trade Secret Theft

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While most trade secret disputes have traditionally been handled through civil litigation, knowingly stealing or receiving a stolen trade secret is actually a federal crime under the Economic Espionage Act, and prosecution of trade secret misappropriation is reportedly on the rise. Specifically, there are a number of recent criminal trade secret investigations and prosecutions… Read More »

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Five Myths about White-Collar Crime

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The Chicago Tribune recently featured an interesting article on white-collar crime and the misconceptions surrounding some of the associated charges and prosecutions. Below, we discuss these in more detail: Myth: Prosecutors Won’t Go After Powerful Defendants One of the myths is that prosecutors never go after white-collar criminals such as bankers because this could… Read More »

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Understanding the Indictment Charges Involved in Mueller’s Russia Probe

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The Mueller Probe Indictments have captured news headlines recently, with the former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates being charged with money laundering and potentially facing 20 years in prison. Many are now speculating on how this could affect Trump and his presidency, although he is working hard… Read More »

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Forgery Charges in Florida

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The state of Florida takes accusations of forgery and forgery-related offenses extremely seriously. The state has criminalized forging documents and creating devices used for forgery. According to Florida law, an individual commits forgery when they alter, forge, counterfeit, or produce false documentation with the intent of defrauding another person. If you are being investigated… Read More »

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Bribery Conviction in Florida

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Across the country, it is increasingly common for Americans to hear about public officials who have been charged with bribery. However, few Americans grasp the severity of this criminal act. It is one of the easiest crimes to turn a blind eye to and call it a “victimless crime”, although this could not be… Read More »

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Making a False Statement to the Government

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On Friday, Feb. 3, a Florida man plead guilty to making false statements to the government. According to local news sources, John Haskew of Lakeland told authorities that “Jesus Christ created wealth for everyone,” which is why he felt compelled to make $7 billion in illegal transfers. Haskew reportedly needed to pay off a… Read More »

Legal Consequences for Contributing to Florida’s Already High Identity Theft Rates

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According to USA Today, the Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) received nearly 2.6 million consumer complaints in 2014, 13 percent of which were concerning identity theft and credit card fraud. Of these complaints, fraudulent tax filings and scams involving other government documents were the most common forms of identity theft reported. Florida saw by far… Read More »

Florida’s White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act

By The Baez Law Firm |

We’ve all heard of white collar crime.  We may not know precisely what it means, but we know it usually involves high-level executives and politicians. Sometimes the phrase can convey a sense that the punishment for these crimes is not as stringent as that for other, more violent crimes – that white collar offenders… Read More »

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