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October 15, 2019
Vulnerable Adults Attorney

What is considered a RICO case?

RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (18 U.S.C. § 1961), a law that increases the severity of penalties for crimes performed in conjunction with organized crime. The law states that any person or group who commits any two out of a list of 35 crimes (known […]
October 15, 2019
Monety Laundering Attorney MN

What is money laundering?

Money laundering is the generic term used to describe the process by which criminals disguise the original ownership and control of the proceeds of criminal conduct by making such proceeds appear to have derived from a legitimate source. The processes by which criminally derived property may be laundered are extensive. […]
October 15, 2019
Insider Trading MN

What Is Insider Trading and Is It Illegal?

An insider is a person who possesses either access to valuable non-public information about a corporation or ownership of stock equaling more than 10% of a firm’s equity. This makes a company’s directors and high-level executive insiders. To be accused of insider trading, you must usually be someone who has […]
October 15, 2019
MN Identity Theft Attorney

What Is Identity Theft?

Identity theft and identity fraud are often used interchangeably. However, while identity fraud refers to a broad category of crimes involving the use of false identification, identity theft is a form of identity fraud that specifically involves the use of someone else’s personal information. Identity theft is defined under federal […]
October 15, 2019
mn healthcare fraud

What is Healthcare Fraud?

Health care fraud is a type of white-collar crime that involves the filing of dishonest health care claims in order to turn a profit. Fraudulent health care schemes come in many forms. Practitioner schemes include: individuals obtaining subsidized or fully-covered prescription pills that are actually unneeded and then selling them […]
October 15, 2019
bank fraud mn

What Are Considered Types of Bank Fraud?

If you’re concerned that you or a loved one are in violation of federal banking regulations, it’s helpful to learn what kinds of acts are considered bank fraud. First, know that some types of federal bank fraud schemes include obtaining fraudulent appraisals, providing false information on applications for financial purposes […]
July 16, 2019

Police Seize Lawyer’s Client Files and Work Product

In February 2019 Burnsville police searched the law office of attorney K.M. in Woodbury, MN looking for information about her clients M.W. and J.S. But according to K.M., they seized electronic devices containing information about her entire law practice, including privileged client materials. It presents a matter of first impression […]
December 4, 2018
What are the elements of Fraud - and Why do They Matter? - Birrell Law Firm

What Are the Elements of Fraud – and Why do They Matter?

What Are the Elements of Fraud (Federal Court) – and Why do They Matter? Sometimes – especially when money is involved – lawyers, judges, and ordinary people are in situations where what happened in a situation is fairly clear, but the interpretations of that differ. A prosecutor might look at […]
October 19, 2018
Target Letter Lawyers - Birrell Law Firm

What to Do When You Receive a Federal Target Letter

Receiving a Target Letter If you get a letter from an Assistant United States Attorney that says you are the “target” of a grand jury investigation then you have been given what lawyers call a “target letter” (federal target letter). There are a few ways this could happen. Maybe a […]