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The differences between pyramid schemes and multilevel marketing

You've seen it before; a post on social media stating that you can make $300 today if you'll just deposit $20 into a bank account for a program that can help you succeed. While there are some programs designed to help you market real products and services, many of these so-called immediate moneymakers are pyramid schemes.

Pyramid schemes are illegal, and they are so for good reason. When a person starts a pyramid scheme, he or she begins to recruit. The individual asks for a recruitment fee, and then he or she asks the recruited party to recruit more people. The original "business owner" continues to collect fees from new recruits, and the next level of recruits gets compensated by hiring more new recruits. Over time, the market is saturated and there are no people left to join the "company." At that point, everyone except the top tiers of the pyramid have lost what they put into the company.

What kinds of scams take place online?

There are many kinds of online scams, and if you're accused of starting one, it's a major threat to your freedom. If you're convicted of scamming people, you could face heavy fines and jail time, so it's necessary to defend yourself if you're accused.

No two cyber crimes are exactly alike. The following are a few different crimes you might see online and how they affect the victims.

Ohio Attorney General wants to see addiction treatment expanded

Ohio and other states have been in the middle of an opioid crisis. More people than ever are getting ahold of strong drugs, like heroin, overdosing and dying. Where people may once have used ecstasy or marijuana, people are now choosing harder drugs and becoming truly addicted.

In the midst of the opioid crisis, the Ohio Attorney General has sought to persuade congress to expand drug addiction treatment as a way to help address the problem. The act, called "The Road to Recovery Act" addresses the main problem with this crisis: addiction. The attorney general, along with 38 others, has bipartisan support of the act.

Gray death, mixture of fatal opioids, causes Ohio overdoses

Ohio continues to be at the center of the opioid crisis facing the nation. A concoction known as "gray death" has been contributing to fatal overdoses in the state.

According to investigators, the gray death drug mixture has a concrete-like appearance that varies from a fine powder to a chunky material. This combination of deadly drugs is significantly contributing to addiction, overdoses and drug charges in Ohio. Here is a look at what gray death is and how it works. 

Man found guilty of providing drugs to victims of overdoses

When you're accused of dealing drugs, you have more to worry about than just a simple drug charge. If it turns out that people who have purchased or received drugs from you have overdosed and died, you could face charges for their deaths. On top of that, their families may be able to sue you for compensation.

This situation has played out in Cleveland. A man from Cleveland has been found guilty of providing drugs to several people who overdosed, according to a report. The man, an alleged drug dealer working out of Cuyahoga County, pleaded guilty to felony assault in court after being accused of providing illegal drugs to the individuals.

Revenge hacking: Still illegal, despite good intentions

Imagine being in charge of a major business. You've witnessed hacking destroy lives through the Equifax debacle, and you know that you have information that people could want to hack as well. You think the best plan is to set up your own hacking endeavor. If someone hacks you, you can hack back, right?

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. Known as revenge hacking, the process of hacking someone who has previously or is currently hacking you is not a legal act. Hacking breaks many laws, and even if it's done with the good intention of destroying stolen data or the original hacker's system, that doesn't make it right.

Entrapment is illegal and could help you win your case

Entrapment is when a government agent provokes a person into committing a crime. For example, if you're in a bar and an officer offers you drugs in a baggie and states that if you deliver them he'll give you $1,000, then that could be considered to be entrapment.

Government agents must be the people who give you the drugs to end up in a situation that involves entrapment. Even civilians working for an official government investigation could entrap others. It's important to know who gave you the drugs and what their relationship is with the police. That's something that your attorney will discuss immediately, because entrapment is one good reason to get your case thrown out and dismissed in court.

What do you need to tell your defense attorney?

You knew you were in trouble when the police arrived at your office. You thought you might be accused of participating in some of the criminal acts you saw around your office, and now you have been.

It's important to have a solid strategy for defending yourself if you're accused of a crime. When you take your case to your attorney, he or she will want to know everything there is to know about it. This is the time when you should come clean about everything you know about the case. If you hold back information, it could end up complicating your case later.

How you can commit fraud without realizing it

Fraud cases seem to be on the decline. According to a report published by the United States Department of Justice, fraud cases decreased by 10 percent between 2011 and 2012. 

Even so, fraud remains an extremely common white collar crime, one for which many people face arrest every year. Additionally, many people face charges for fraud they did not even realize they committed. That is because certain actions that constitute fraud are not always obvious. Perhaps fraud took place due to a simple error or mistake. Here are common circumstances in which people face fraud charges without even knowing what happened. 

Felonies lead to heavy penalties and require a strong defense

When you were arrested for a third time for driving under the influence, you thought you might face another misdemeanor charge. Shockingly, when you spoke to your attorney, you found out you were being charged with a felony. Now, you're not sure what to do, because a felony is significantly more serious than the misdemeanors you've had in the past.

Felonies are the most serious class of crime, and no two felonies are exactly the same. Each kind of felony falls into its own class, or category, depending on the kind of crime that was committed. For example, robberies and burglaries may be one kind, while murders may fall under another.

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