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March 26, 2020

The 3 Key Steps After You Receive A Target Letter

For most people, most of the time, being targeted by a federal investigation is so unlikely that it sounds like the punchline of a joke. Things turn very serious very quickly when you receive a target letter and learn you are, in fact, being investigated. For most people who receive […]
March 26, 2020

U.S. Attorney’s Target Letters: Basic Samples

In our many years of experience, we have seen a wide variety of target letters issued by different agencies within the Department of Justice. We have prepared some sample target letters to give you a better idea of how these instruments work. (Note that all target letters will be sent […]
March 26, 2020

FBI Investigations

What Exactly Is White-Collar Crime? As a broad term, white-collar crime covers a wide array of nonviolent crimes that typically involve one form of fraud or another. A good example is bribery, environmental crime, insider trading, embezzlement, tax evasion, forgery, kickbacks, or money laundering. Per the FBI, these crimes can […]
March 26, 2020

Defining The “Target Letters” Sent By Federal Grand Juries

Why and when do Federal Grand Juries send out “target letters“? How likely is it that a person who receives a target letter is going to be indicted? A Federal Grand Jury is an important body charged with investigating potential violations of federal law. Their chief power lies in their […]
March 26, 2020

What You Should Do If You Receive A Target Letter

If you receive a target letter, you want to avoid ignoring it altogether. After all, if you have received a letter, the U.S Attorney has accumulated and presented enough evidence in order to legally obtain an indictment from a grand jury. Therefore, by ignoring the letter, you will pretty much […]
March 17, 2020
Federal Target Letter being signed

How Does A Federal Court Case Work?

Federal crimes are handled quite differently from crimes charged at the local and state level. First and foremost, a federal crime is prosecuted by a federal branch — specifically, the United States Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division. This division has seven different branches that prosecute different crimes. Which branch prosecutes your […]
November 19, 2019
Monety Laundering Attorney MN

When Does Embezzlement Become a Felony, and What are the Consequences?

Embezzlement is typically a misdemeanor, but becomes a felony charge based on the value of what is being embezzled. The requirements for enhancing a misdemeanor embezzlement charge to a felony embezzlement charge varies by a state’s local jurisdictional rules; however, many state laws classify embezzlement crimes into tiers, with a […]
November 17, 2019
Insider Trading MN

What Are Other Consequences of Illegal Insider Trading?

Insider trading is a complex area of federal law and can often result in related criminal charges being brought against you. For example, you may also face prosecution for any of the following: • Bank fraud; • Wire and mail fraud; • Computer fraud; • Securities fraud; • Tax fraud; […]
November 17, 2019
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What kinds of penalties are imposed for Insurance Fraud?

Insurance fraud can generally be divided into two categories, known in the industry as “soft fraud” and “hard fraud.” • Soft fraud occurs when a person exaggerates an existing claim, such as overstating the damages caused by a car accident. Soft fraud is usually considered a misdemeanor, punishable by fines, […]