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April 2019 Archives

White collar crimes charges filed against seller of mining waste

People in Michigan might have been offered certificates of title to own mining waste that promised to be rich in precious metals. A 77-year-old man in another state was recently indicted on various white collar crimes related to the sales of mining slag. Prosecutors say, among others, the charges include money laundering and federal fraud involving $7 million.

Felonies: DNA evidence leads to arrest on motorcycle hijacking

Advances in DNA technology have led to multiple arrests and convictions on cold cases that involve violent crimes such as rape and murder. It has also been effective in proving the innocence of wrongfully convicted individuals in Michigan and other states. However, a recent arrest for a 2017 hijacking shows that DNA evidence can also be used in other felonies. Investigators in another state used DNA to formally charge a man who is accused of hijacking a motorcycle at gunpoint.

If you face fraud charges, protect yourself with silence

White-collar work involves many complicated systems and relationships. Individuals who do not intend to commit fraud can find themselves facing accusations of fraudulent activity. If you find yourself facing fraud charges, it is important to remain calm and keep your objectivity, rather than make any drastic changes in your finances or routine.

Felony charges: 23-year-old man claims to be missing teenager

Many trial watchers in Michigan and across the country are following the case of a 23-year-old man who is accused of lying to federal agents by claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen. Pitzen vanished in 2011 and would now be 14 years old. If convicted of the felony level accusations, the accused man could be sentenced to serve a prison term in a federal penitentiary of up to eight years. 

40 felonies filed against 17-year-old

Teenagers in Michigan who like to prank others might not know where to draw the line. Certain pranks are severe enough to be classified as crimes that could put them behind bars. An example is a teenager in another state who thought it was fun to make prank calls and landed up being charged with 40 felonies and multiple misdemeanors.

Cybercrimes involve computer and internet use to commit crimes

The United States Constitution has a Commercial Clause that provides the federal government with authority to prosecute and regulate white collar crimes. The accessibility provided by the internet makes cybercrimes some of the most frequently committed white collar crimes in Michigan and other states. Federal agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, IRS, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and U.S. Customs are all role players in the enforcement of legislation related to white collar crimes, which often involve computer and internet use.

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