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White Collar Crimes Archives

Minneapolis case raises questions about entrapment

By now, many of our Hennepin County readers have already heard about the criminal charges that have been levied against six Minneapolis men for their alleged plans to "leave the country and join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)." Now facing charges of conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, explains the FBI, the men could face considerable consequences if they are convicted.

Little sympathy for individuals convicted of white collar crimes equates to long sentences

According to The Sentencing Project, an estimated 2.2 million people in the U.S. currently call one of our nation's jails or prisons home. More than any other country, the U.S. relies heavily upon incarceration as a means of deterrence and punishment for criminal-related activities. However, considering that that the number of people in the U.S. who are incarcerated has increased 500 percent during the last 30 years, locking people up does not appear to be an effective solution to fighting crime.

Minneapolis businessman faces 68 criminal counts related to tax crimes

There's a famous quote related to the fact that there are two certainties in life, death and taxes. Let's face it; no one enjoys parting with their hard-earned income and paying taxes. Yet, every year when April 15 rolls around, people in the U.S. dutifully file their income taxes and write checks to the Internal Revenue Service.

Government cracks down on identity theft operations

Today, it seems there are almost daily reports about some corporation or financial institution being hacked. From Minneapolis' own Target Corp. to JPMorgan and Home Depot, hackers are taking aim at U.S. corporations and making off with sensitive data including the personal identifying and financial information of customers.

Washington politicians show support for legitimizing medical marijuana industry

To date, a total of 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation making the medicinal use of marijuana legal. While each state has specific laws and restrictions related to the sanctioned use of medical marijuana, all have regulations related to who is legally allowed to grow or produce medical pot in its various forms.

Police must obtain warrant prior to cellphone search

An estimated 90 percent of U.S. residents own a cellphone. While early cellphone models only allowed users to communicate by calling another individual, today's cellphones serve many more purposes. Today's cellphones allow users to take and store pictures, communicate via social media websites, text and talk to others, store important personal information and complete financial transactions. Given the vast amount of personal information stored on cellphones, it makes sense that police officers routinely search and seize cellphones and rely upon a cellphone’s contents to discover potentially incriminating evidence.

Seven Minneapolis-area residents indicted on federal fraud charges

Within the last decade, reports of and stories related to identity theft have become common. Today, law enforcement investigators have developed sophisticated means of identifying and tracking the actions of individuals believed to be involved in identity theft and fraud cases.

Judge defends sentence as prosecutors pursue its appeal

In criminal trials that end in a jury returning a guilty verdict, the judge presiding over the case has digression when handing down a sentence. Even in cases where an individual is found guilty, a judge often takes a number of factors into consideration when determining a sentence. Included in these factors is an individual's criminal history, likelihood to commit another similar crime and evidence presented by defense attorneys during the trial.

'Lost' ring leads to insurance fraud charge for Woodbury man

A Woodbury man who proposed to his fiancé this year with a diamond ring is being accused of lying to an insurance company in order to collect money on jewelry that was never really lost. In addition to the alleged insurance fraud, authorities also had reason to believe the man was a flight risk and he was asked to surrender his passport as part of a bail condition.

Extensive prison term for Twin Cities identity theft ringleader

A 42-year-old Twin Cities man, known as being one of the ringleaders of a multi-state identity theft ring, was recently sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. It should be noted that while there were more than 100 people involved in this case, six of these so-called "ringleaders" have been sentenced to serve between 10 years and 25 years.

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