Modern technology provides us more opportunities to connect, do business, and communicate than ever before. Two crimes that involve the way we communicate and conduct business online are mail fraud and wire fraud.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saying the promoter of Stillwater's Lumberjack Days may be guilty of bad business decisions, but not of attempting to defraud creditors, an attorney for the promoter is asking for the criminal charges against the man to be dismissed. His attorney maintains that his client merely could not pay the creditors, but was not purposely trying to cheat anyone out of money.
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.
In recent years, real estate agents and appraisers have been the target of a crackdown on mortgage fraud. This means investigators have gotten involved when s series of movement with properties has suggested some kind of collusion or fraud.
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.