This is a follow-up to our post a week ago, in which we discussed the strange-but-true case of so-called "psychic fraud."
The U.S. government has its regulatory hands on a host of different activities. Are there times when the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing?
It is truly incredible how much data is packed into small electronic devices. And the forensic search technology is available for law enforcement to find out the content contained in these days. But just because such forensics are available doesn't mean law enforcement has the right to use them without a warrant.
Trials are often an ordeal for all concerned. In a jury trial, jurors' ordinary lives are disrupted. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are under pressure to perform. Judges must oversee it all fairly. And the accused, in a criminal trial, usually faces the prospect of prison time.
The term "pill mill" is hardly a precise legal description. But media reports have popularized the phrase as a shorthand way to refer to the problem of narcotic painkillers and other prescription drugs that may be dispensed without proper controls. In some cases, prescription fraud or healthcare fraud is involved as well.
Prosecutors sometimes make charges of sales tax evasion against business owners or operators in connection with other charges. That was the case in a Florida case in which a couple pleaded guilty to grand theft and money laundering involving money a major convenience store chain erroneously deposited in a joint bank account.
There are many types of fraud charges. In this blog, we often write about allegations of tax fraud. But of course there are many others, including securities fraud, healthcare fraud and insurance fraud. They are all common forms of white-collar crime.
Forfeiture of money, real estate or others assets can be a significant penalty in certain criminal cases. After all, in high-end white-collar cases, the amounts can easily involve tens of thousands of dollars.
The healthcare system is immensely complicated. There are so many providers involved. This generates multiple bills and potentially confusing insurance coverage issues. Whether ObamaCare can bring clarity to this disjointed and often fragmented system remains to be seen.
For persons operating businesses in the Miami area, filling out an accurate tax return is of great importance. One of the essential issues is determining which expenses are deductible under the Internal Revenue Code. Over the years, businesses have sought to reduce their tax liability by claiming various deductions, and tax law books are crammed with cases that have sorted out what is deductible as a business expense from what is not.