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Prison and supervised release ordered for accountant

Residents in Minnesota who find themselves accused of white collar crimes may be understandably surprised and confused. A criminal accusation can often feel incongruous with what a person thinks of themselves. When many people think about criminals, they think about people who are accused of things like murder, assualt or drug charges not generally very successful professionals. Yet, many highly educated and accomplished people find themselves in this spot and then they must all of a sudden navigate a very world very unfamiliar to them.

After serving as the controller and accountant for a company for roughly two decades, a man from St. Paul found himself accused of stealing more than one million dollars from his employer. According to reports, the defendant wrote as many as 150 different checks to himself from the business funds. This activity is said to have begun as far back as 1995. In total, he was accused of embezzling $1.2 million from the company that employed him. He will eventually be required to pay restitution for the alleged stolen money.

Criminal liability for aiding and abetting

You may well know someone in Minnesota who has been charged with a criminal offense. But have you also been accused of some type of involvement in that situation even if you did not directly commit a crime or take an illegal action? If so, you are not alone as the state's laws do outline provisions for liability of others in these circumstances. This is often referred to as aiding and abetting a crime.

The Minnesota Officer of the Revisor of Statutes explains that you may be held liable or accused of being liable for an alleged criminal action if it is believed and can be proven that you knowingly helped in any way facilitate the crime. That may include providing counsel to the person who executed the act, enabled procurement of things that contributed to the crime or conspired with another person.

Statutes of limitations for conspiracy charges

Minnesota residents may find themselves accused of conspiracy charges related to a wide range of alleged acts. These may involve violence or intended violence, fraud, drugs and more. Conspiracy by nature is not a single-action type of event such as shoplifting, for example. For this reason, it may be difficult for you to know how prosecutors or law enforcement entities might determine what date can be used for a statutes of limitations for any offense related to a type of conspiracy.

The United States Department of Justice explains that not every case may be bound by the same parameters for a statute of limitations. For example, cases that fall under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, the government agency investigating an alleged case of conspiracy has the burden of proving that said conspiracy continued into any period of limitations.

Former mayor accused of bankruptcy fraud

Minnesota residents in any type of business or situation might find themselves accused of fraud when it comes to a bankruptcy. Although sometimes difficult to prove, these allegations often include the concept that a person who filed for bankruptcy deliberately hid assets from the bankruptcy court. This would be done in theory to prevent losing valuable assets in a bankruptcy and could be alleged in a personal bankruptcy as well as a business bankruptcy.

The man who was for a mere five months the mayor of a small town in Minnesota today finds himself at the heart of an alleged bankruptcy fraud scheme for a bankruptcy filed on behalf of his company. His lawyer and his girlfriend are also accused of being involved in the alleged scheme to keep large sums of money and other assets out of the hands and eyes of creditors.

Professor accused of not filing tax returns

Minnesota residents who encounter problems with alleged tax violations may at times face a bumpy and uncertain future. The Internal Revenue Service may be powerful but there is still the reality that every person accused of a criminal offense deserves a fair defense. The outcome of a particular case may be very different than what may have originally been thought or might have been possible.

A professor of economics at the University of Minnesota today may well be looking at her defense options as she has been charged with 12 separate counts of failure to file federal income tax returns. It is alleged that the last time the woman actually filed her tax return was in 2002 although she had been having taxes deducted from her pay that she earned at the university. Even though it has been since 2003 that no tax returns were filed, the IRS can only pursue her for taxes back to 2010 through 2015 due to a legal statute of limitations.

Chiropractor faces health care fraud charges

Minnesota residents charged with white-collar crimes like embezzlement or tax evasion know that media reports of these cases provide only a small portion of the details. This can make it all too easy for people to automatically assume someone is guilty. Defendants, however, should always remember that they are due a fair opportunity to defend themselves.

A chiropractor with two offices in the Minneapolis area is in this situation today after being arrested and charged with two different federal conspiracy offenses. This case actually harkens back to one in which six other chiropractors and 15 other people were charged in late 2016 for alleged health care fraud related to billing for non-needed treatments. The latest arrest involves treatments billed against patients' personal injury protection automobile insurance.

Felonies allege transportation of untaxed product

Minnesota residents who hear about people being charged with tax crimes should know that these types of cases can involve a great many different situations. It is not always about someone not reporting income on a tax return, for example. Also important to remember is that an accusation or an arrest is never a guarantee that a person is guilty or will be convicted.

Two men from Illinois were recently arrested in Minnesota and charged with felony offenses related to unpaid taxes on goods they were transporting. Reports indicate that while driving along a stretch of Interstate 94, officers stopped a truck after its drivers did not make a required weigh station stop. The vehicle is also said to have been lacking appropriate commercial vehicle documentation on the outside and inside of the truck.

What qualities are part of embezzlement allegations?

Most Minnesota residents have heard about embezzlement but many may not fully understand what might actually be considered embezzlement. While some may think it is a case of an employee stealing from an employer, there may be a whole lot more to it than that. Actually, some factors that may be involved in an alleged embezzlement case can actually be very difficult to identify or to prove.

The Balance explains that there are often four distinct qualities in a specific case of alleged embezzlement. One of these is the intention to thieve or deceive another person or entity. Certainly it can be a challenge to confirm a person's thoughts or intentions. Another element is that a relationship between the person accused of embezzlement and the entity from which property is said to have been taken must exist. This relationship must have seen the defendant with some level of responsibility for property or money.

Company sued for alleged tax fraud

Minnesota residents who have heard reports of people facing criminal charges for alleged tax fraud or tax evasion should know that companies may also face these types of charges. In addition, companies can even be sued in civil court for such actions.

An example of this can be seen today in Illinois where a group of shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Caterpillar alleging that the company violated the Securities Exchange Act. A former employee is said to have reported that the company for many years sold and shipped products from the United States but attributed the corresponding profits to entities or business unit in other countries including Switzerland and Bermuda.

Federal prison sentenced handed down in meth cases

Minnesota residents who have been accused of drug crimes that involved federal charges should know that the penalties they may face if convicted can be severe. This is one of the reasons thta it can be helpful to work with an attorney so that they get proper advice during the defense process. 

For some people, a defense may be able to prevent a conviction but for others a good defense outcome may be a conviction for a lesser charge than was originally faced. This may also include a lighter sentence. Every case is unique and must be evaluated as such. A total of 19 people were accused of conspiracy to traffic pure methamphetamine from the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region to central Wisconsin over a period of nearly three years. All 19 have been convicted of these charges after an investigation that involved federal, state and local authorities.

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