Wealthy parents now facing scrutiny in college admissions fraud cases

You may have recently heard about the fraudulent charges against Lori Loughlin, who was accused of paying bribes in exchange for having her daughters designated as two of the recruits on the USC crew team. She’s not the only person who has been accused of this kind of...

Lori Loughlin’s motion to dismiss is denied

Florida residents will have likely read or seen recent media reports about a college admission scandal that involves some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Many of the celebrities accused of paying a college counselor tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure...

Mitigation and criminal sentencing: What matters, what doesn’t

You made a mistake. You got caught. Now, you’re facing white collar criminal charges and possible penalties that could put you behind bars for years to come. Is there any hope of getting the judge to take a lenient approach to your sentence? Absolutely —...

Could your business wind up accused of money laundering?

There are so many ways for businesses to potentially violate the law that it can sometimes seem impossible to keep track of them all. From environmental regulations to laws about employee rights, companies have to protect themselves from financial losses or legal...

Understanding illegal insider trading

If you’re a corporate insider like a director or anyone who may be privy to private information like the exchange of shares in your company’s stock, it’s vital you understand what is and isn’t considered illegal insider trading. It’s also important to know how the...

‘Upcoding’ and other forms of health care fraud

If you are a patient or medical professional accused of committing criminal health care fraud, you could face prison time or be subject to weighty fines if convicted. In addition to that, there could be further collateral damage to your career, reputation, and...

What do you do if the FBI wants to talk?

The last thing you expected when you got up this morning was to find agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at your doorstep — but there they are. Now, they’d like to come inside and talk with you about something. It’s downright scary, and the...

Embezzlement: Don’t convert what isn’t yours

Embezzlement is a serious criminal act that can get you into deep trouble with the law. You could face serious fines or imprisonment if you’re charged and convicted. Embezzlement occurs when: You take possession of a person’s property lawfully You take that property...

What does the decline of white collar prosecutions mean?

According to a recently released study from Syracuse University, the number of white collar cases being prosecuted by federal authorities has been on a decline. The report indicates that the current number of prosecutions is about 25% less than the number seen just...

Beware of collateral consequences

Once you’ve found a career you enjoy and that you’re enjoying success with, you’ll probably do whatever you can to prevent it from being taken away from you. One thing that can cause a problem with this is if you’re facing a criminal charge for something related to...