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What to expect if you are charged with mail fraud or wire fraud

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.

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.

Lumberjack Days promoter facing 10 felony charges

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. 

Minnesota man accepts plea deal in car restoration fraud case

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.

White Bear Lake real estate agent sentenced for mortgage fraud

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. 

Real estate fraud leads to prison time for Eagan man

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.

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