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What is Money Laundering?

White-collar crimes are illegal activities that most often take place in a business or corporation. These crimes usually consist of attempts to illegally obtain money and then conceal the stolen funds. Covering up the process of stealing money by making the funds appear legitimate is known as money laundering. This activity got its name because more >

What are Criminal Sentencing Guidelines?

Have you ever wondered how a judge determines the length of a defendant’s sentence? In the U.S. federal courts, judges use what is called the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, or USSG. The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines work much like a mathematical formula and calculate prison terms based upon a number of factors. What is a Base Level? more >

Ohio Woman Sentenced for Embezzling More Than $2M

A Toledo, Ohio woman who embezzled more than $2 million from a small credit union in Michigan was sentenced on Thursday. Sharon Broadway, 62, is required to serve at least 45 months in prison. She initially faced up to 20 years for felony embezzlement and racketeering charges. The financial institution that she worked at closed more >

Rep for Hacker Group Charged With Identity Theft

A Texas man who describes himself as a representative of the hacker group Anonymous is facing new accusations of illegal online activity. Barrett Brown, 31, was charged with multiple counts of aggravated identity theft and device fraud last week. He allegedly publicized a hyperlink that contained thousands of credit card numbers. Brown was previously accused more >

Pearland Man Sentenced to Prison for $16M Loan Fraud

A Pearland man was sentenced last Monday to seven years in prison for his involvement in a major fraud operation. Derwin Frazier, 45, must also pay approximately $16 million in restitution. He had previously pleaded guilty to money laundering, while his wife pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud. She is required to pay $322,000 in restitution and serve more >

BP Will Pay $4.5B Settlement; 3 Employees Charged

British oil and gas giant BP will plead guilty to a heap of charges and pay the U.S. government a record $4.5 billion for its ties to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 that claimed the lives of 11 people and injured 16 others. The company and three of its employees were indicted on Thursday more >


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