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October 28, 2019

What Are the Types of Securities Fraud ?

Securities fraud takes on many forms. In fact, there is no shortage of methods used to trick investors with false information. High-yield investment fraud, for example, may come with guarantees of high rates of return while claiming there is little to no risk. The investments themselves may be in commodities, […]
October 28, 2019

What is Racketeering?

Racketeering refers to crimes committed through extortion or coercion. A racketeer attempts to obtain money or property from another person, usually through intimidation or force. The term is typically associated with organized crime. The law defines 35 different offenses that constitute racketeering in the U.S. The list includes gambling, kidnap, […]
October 28, 2019

What is the Sentencing and Punishment for Insider Trading

Insider trading can be punished strictly by civil sanctions, or involve criminal prosecution, or both. Federal law authorizes what are known as “treble” damages if the SEC brings a civil action against you for violating insider trading rules. This means the amount you can be fined can be up to […]
October 28, 2019

How is Tax Fraud Defined?

Tax fraud occurs when an individual or business entity willfully and intentionally falsifies information on a tax return to limit the amount of tax liability. Tax fraud essentially entails cheating on a tax return in an attempt to avoid paying the entire tax obligation. Examples of tax fraud include claiming […]
October 28, 2019

What is the difference between Criminal RICO and Civil RICO cases?

After being indicted for either a civil or criminal racketeering allegation, it is crucial to immediately hire a federal racketeering attorney like Birrell Law Firm. RICO is an extremely complex law, which can be difficult for many amateur lawyers to properly utilize. Only an experienced RICO lawyer will be able […]
October 28, 2019

What is the difference between Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud?

Mail fraud, unsurprisingly, requires use of the U.S. postal service to commit fraud. Wire fraud, on the other hand, involves wire-based communications including telephone, fax, television, text message, and internet. Mail fraud and wire fraud are each specifically defined as crimes under federal statute. The definition of mail fraud is […]
October 28, 2019

How Can An Identity Theft Attorney Help You?

The task of recovering your identity and clearing your name can be challenging and time consuming and, especially in the immediate aftermath, often requires: • Filing a police report • Filing a report with the Federal Trade Commission • Contacting financial institutions to initiate fraud alerts or close accounts • […]
October 28, 2019

What is Insurance Fraud?

Insurance fraud occurs when people deceive an insurance company in order to collect money to which they are not entitled. This particular fraud is a crime in all fifty states, and the majority of the states have established fraud bureaus to identify and investigate fraud incidents. In most states, fraudulent […]
October 17, 2019

What should I do if I receive a Target Letter?

Hiring a good attorney like Birrell Law Firm early will give you the best chance of reaching a favorable result. In some cases, an experienced federal attorney might be able to persuade the prosecutions to drop the investigation against you. Even if a criminal indictment is inevitable, we may be […]