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February 2018 Archives

What is a Ponzi scheme?

When it comes to money, there are many people who have tried to set up scams to cheat you out of yours. One such scam you may run across in Minnesota is a Ponzi scheme. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission defines a Ponzi scheme as an investment situation where funds collected from new investors are used to pay current investors. The money is usually not invested at all. 

What do federal counterfeiting laws cover?

In popular culture, counterfeiting is frequently associated with reproducing fake dollar bills or other currencies. While it is true the federal government outlaws forging paper currency, Minnesota residents should be aware that there are other documents and forms that cannot be counterfeited. Findlaw provides an overview of what kinds of documents are protected from counterfeiting.

Get a head start on your taxes

At Joseph S. Friedberg Chartered, we help Minnesota residents from all walks of life with various criminal tax issues. We often handle common mistakes that might be avoided by dealing with tax challenges by the book rather than guessing at numbers, paying late or failing to file at all. These are examples of seemingly innocuous errors might carry serious consequences for your future.

Is marijuana legal in Minnesota?

For the time being, marijuana possession and consumption is only legal in Minnesota for those who qualify for a medical marijuana exception. 2018's legislative season may see expansions of these exceptions, or could possibly see some form of decriminalization or broad legalization, but current law still gives police plenty of authority to issue criminal charges for drug possession.

What is the new phishing scam impersonating the FBI?

Phishing scams can trick almost anyone in Minnesota. While you may think you could never be a victim, new scams are becoming more believable and tricking even the savviest internet user. One such scam is a new one that impersonates the FBI.

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