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.
A 33-year-old St. Paul man was charged on Monday with one count of insurance fraud. Even though it is just one white collar crime-related count, if he is found guilty he could end up spending up to 20 years in prison.
In order to secure a conviction, criminal prosecutors might be willing to offer a plea deal to defendants. Generally speaking, a plea bargain affords a person reduced charges or a lighter sentence in exchange for admitting guilt in court. This may seem like a positive move for some, but it's still important to consult with an attorney before accepting a deal. After all, a guilty plea will still leave a mark on a criminal record, even if the penalties are reduced.
Many white collar crimes involve very complex investigations by various law enforcement agencies. Many of these investigations are carried out by federal law enforcement officers, because local police departments do not have the resources necessary to spend on these crimes.
Even though it was argued the former vice president of a St. Paul developer's real estate firm never financially gained from a real estate fraud scheme, he was still sentenced to serve a year and one day in prison. Out of the nine charged in this real estate fraud, he was the only one to receive prison time.
The aftermath of the subprime mortgage meltdown has meant uncertain real estate markets nationwide and widespread wonder at what went wrong. Federal prosecutors have acted swiftly and forcefully to level accusations toward mortgage industry professionals and make sure that allegations get a full public airing before that individual gets his or her first glimpse of due process.