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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.

What are common counterfeit penalties?

If you have been accused of a counterfeiting crime in Minnesota, you know that the penalties can range anywhere from minor to severe. Many things can be forged, including coins, military discharge papers, bonds and postage. The Cornell University Legal Information Institute outlines the penalties that accompany many different types of forgery.

 

How is child pornography defined?

Like many other terms, people often make references to child pornography without fully understanding exactly what it may mean in the eyes of the law. It is important for Minnesota residents to have an understanding of this because there may be things that could be considered child pornography that they are not aware of. 

As the United States Department of Justice explains, child pornography as defined by federal law may include a variety of things. It is also an area that is not protected by the First Amendedment. Videos and photographs, even those that are not developed, as well as files stored in electronic format may be pointed to as child pornography. Any form of image that involves a child 17 years old or younger in some sexually explicit manner may be considered pornography.

Alleged tax fraucd scheme at work in Minnesota

For most Minnesota residents today, the use of computers has become common practice for either personal or professional purposes. The convenience, productivity and even entertainment factors associated with this are real indeed. So too, however, are the growing number of concerns about potential safety of electronic information. At the same time that new forms of crime have emerged, the need to treat allegations of such crime carefully is also present.

Recent reports have surfaced about a situation within the Bloomington School District that has brought new attention to cybercrime activities. According to sources, an employee of the school district receiving an email that is alleged to have been a phishing email, a form of communication said to be designed for the specific purpose of inappropriately obtaining sensitive information.

Judge dismisses Ponzi scheme lawsuit against bank

Embezzlement charges are certainly nothing to take lightly yet it is always important for Minnesota residents and businesses to remember than every criminal allegation is just that. There is a reason that defendants are offered the chance to defend themselves because not every person or entity accused of a crime is actually guilty. In addition to being found not guilty at the end of a trial, sometimes a legal action may even be dismissed altogether.

Such is the case today as a federal judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to support a lawsuit against a bank based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to this lawsuit being filed nearly four years ago, multiple individuals were convicted for their roles in a Ponzi scheme. According to reports, almost 700 people were involved in that case as investors. Together, they are said to have lost or been defrauded of more than $190 million.

Alleged weapons theft leads to federal conspiracy charges

Minnesota residents who may be arrested and charged with criminal offenses may sometimes be surprised that they are actually charged with federal crimes. In some situations, this may cause additional concern and raise questions about the nature of the penalties that may be experienced if convictions are ultimately experienced.

Such may well be the case today for three people after their recent indictments on federal conspiracy charges as well as other offenses. According to reports, the three defendants are said to have stolen 75 out of the approximately 100 stolen weapons in all of Minnesota last year in a single heist. As a result, conspiracy to possess and distribute stolen firearm charges have been levied against each of the three. Several of the guns are said to still be unrecovered.

What is the Lacey Act?

Minnesota residents may have heard of the Department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and likely understand that this entity governs fish and animals in the country. However, the agency is actually responsible for a lot more that what some may think. Among the many laws that it may enforce is the Lacey Act. Originally put into law in 1900, it has been updated most recently in 2008. Just what does the Lacey Act stipulate, provide or prevent?

The Lacey Act governs the sale, export and import of not just fish or wildlife but also plants. In addition, it has some control over the activities related to products or parts from those fish, wildlife or plans. For example, the importing of furniture or flooring made from wood that was obtained from illegal logging activity may be in violation of the Lacey Act.

What is cyber terrorism?

Most Minnesota residents who have a computer are probably familiar with things like antivirus software or spyware programs. These products are designed to protect computers and networks against hackers or computer viruses that may corrupt or steal data. The online world has given rise to new opportunities in many ways and some people have turned to it for illegal activities. However, just as with any type of crime, the line between what is ethical and what is not can sometimes be hard to distinguish.

What Minnesotans should know but may not know is that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in pursuing what may be classified as acts of cyber terror. This might involve allegations of an attempt to gain access to sensitive corporate data to somehow obtain or maintain a vital competitive advantage. It may involve accusations that a person or entity has attempted to illegally collect data in an attempt to commit fraud in an effort to achieve personal financial gain. Identity theft is another form of alleged cyber terrorism.

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