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Accused of a Ponzi scheme? Protect yourself as soon as possible

White-collar crimes refer to a number of different offenses. Some include bribery, pyramid schemes, insurance fraud and identity theft. Of course, there are many other crimes as well that fall under this umbrella term.

White-collar crimes are non-violent offenses. They are typically committed for financial or personal gain. Essentially, a person cheats, steals and lies to get what he or she wants, whether it's money, assets or something else entirely.

Couple arrested and charged for fentanyl-related crimes

Mailing drugs through the mail is not always illegal, but it is when you do not have a prescription or the authority for that delivery. If you mail drugs to a person who does not have a prescription, it's a violation of law. Additionally, receiving drugs through the mail without a prescription can result in prosecution.

In a case in Ohio, a couple is facing charges for mailing and receiving packages of fentanyl, a powerful drug used during surgeries. The opioid has the potential to be used illicitly, which is why it is tightly restricted.

Is gift-giving bribery?

You always liked your local government officials. You decided you wanted to try your hand at politics, too, so you applied for a position. When you arrived, you brought a donation for a charity the hiring manager loves while discussing how much you'd love the position.

That act might have seemed innocent enough to you, and you may have intended it to be kind. Unfortunately, giving a gift with the intent to make someone look at you more favorably and to influence his or her decisions could be construed as bribery.

Work to prevent your child being tried as an adult

Many days, youths face charges with crimes such as vandalism, underage drinking and stalking. The crimes can get even more serious, with charges such as kidnapping and intentional homicide.

One thing for parents to remember is that the system for juvenile justice focuses much more on rehabilitation than it does on punishment. Thus, it is likely in their best interest and in the child’s best interest to ensure that a charge stays in the juvenile system. This way, your child may able to get any emotional help he or she needs and avoid a serious conviction record.

What are Ohio's computer crime laws?

Ohio has a number of specialized laws regarding computer crimes. In reality, technology changes so fast that there can never be a law for every situation, but the state does try to cover its bases. There are laws regarding internet crimes against children, internet fraud and other types of negligent or criminal behavior.

There are two laws that you should know in Ohio. The first is that unauthorized use of a computer is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Second, the unauthorized use of computer property is a fifth-degree felony. Even attempting to hack or use a computer without authorization is against the law in Ohio.

36 arrested in Ohio after major drug bust

Drug crimes can quickly result in arrests when the police get involved. Many times, the authorities spend months or years planning for a drug bust. During that time, they collect information on the people involved.

It's possible to get caught up in a drug bust and accused of buying or selling drugs even if you weren't. This is especially true when many people are busted in an open area or in a home where some may be unaware of the drug abuse or sales taking place.

Ohio: How felonies and bail are handled in the state

If you're facing a felony, you may think your entire life is over. A felony is often seen as being something that results in long-term prison sentences with no real way out, but the truth is that felonies don't have to be an end to your life. Many factors are considered in each case, and the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you're guilty to get a conviction.

The courts consider many factors when deciding the punishment for a felony. The severity of the crime is an overriding factor in many cases. A violent crime may result in more serious penalties than one that did not result in injuries to others, for example. The court will also consider whether or not the alleged victim did something to induce the criminal act. For instance, if you're charged with felony assault, the court will want to find out if you were pushed to assault the other person to protect yourself.

Mortgage fraud: A serious crime that can draw federal charges

Fraud is a federal and state crime, and participating it can leave you in hot water with the law. There are many different kinds of fraud, but one thing remains the same among all cases: You must have intended to defraud someone in order to be convicted.

If you're charged with fraud, your attorney can listen to your case and help you understand what is likely to happen next. If you're accused of mortgage fraud, here are a few things you should know.

You can fight against charges of money laundering

You may have watched movies or heard stories about people laundering money and getting away with millions of dollars, but the truth is that many people who commit these crimes are found out and do face serious penalties.

One way that major businessmen and women participate in money laundering is by taking a bribe or large sum of money and placing it into a shell company in an offshore jurisdiction. In that kind of jurisdiction, it is possible to keep your ownership of the account private, so no one knows you have it. Since the government and individuals around you have no idea that you have the account, you can spend it as you like.

What you should know about insurance fraud

Insurance fraud is a serious problem. The FBI reports that the annual cost of insurance fraud, non-health insurance, is about $40 billion per year. More law enforcement agencies are cracking down on potential perpetrators of insurance fraud. You should be aware that filing a false claim or attempting to get money from an insurance company under false pretenses is fraud. 

Under Ohio Code 2913.47, insurance fraud over an amount of $1,000 up to $7,500 is a felony of the fifth degree. Jail time is a possibility, but civil penalties are also probable. A person could lose his or her professional license and pay court-ordered fines and restitution. 

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