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November 2016 Archives

Efforts to reduce tax refund identity theft increasing

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax authorities and tax preparers and others have been cracking down during the past decade on tax return fraud linked to identity theft. A pilot program that has been tested to reduce the number of fraudulently-filed returns will be expanded in 2017.

Could Ohio require violent offenders to go on a registry?

Everyone is familiar with sex offender registries for those convicted of sex crimes. People can remain on these registries for many years after they've completed their prison sentence. Now, two Ohio lawmakers are advocating for a similar registry for people who've been convicted of other types of violent offenses after they've been released from prison.

Cyberbullying charges can have serious legal consequences

Cyberbullying, as most people know, involves using the internet or other technology to intimidate, harass or threaten someone. It's commonly done via text, email and social media sites. While cyberbullying make lack the physical component of the bullying that many of us experienced as children, it can be very public, and can cause serious trauma to its mostly young victims.

What is mass-marketing fraud?

The federal government employs a good many resources to fight crimes involving financial fraud. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, is involved in investigating some of these crimes, such as mass-marketing fraud, because they often take place on a global scale. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is part of a multi-agency group established nearly a decade ago called the International Mass-Marketing Fraud Working Group.

An out-of-state DUI can affect your Ohio license

When you are driving outside of Ohio, do not think that a traffic violation or drunk driving conviction will remain in that state. In addition to whatever consequences you face in that state, trouble will likely follow you back to Ohio. This also goes for out-of-state drivers arrested for OVI here in Ohio.

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