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White Collar Crime Archives

How people respond to signs of identity theft

A person in Florida might be accused of identity theft after an alleged victim notices odd charges on their credit card or inaccurate information on their credit report. After spotting the perceived fraud, a person might take certain steps to prevent further acts of fraud. The first thing someone may do is to contact one of the credit bureaus so that a fraud alert can be issued. This will prevent any new cards from being issued, block credit card applications and stop any credit increases.

Copyright benefits limited by law

The United States federal government establishes and oversees the copyright laws for all the states, including Florida. There are certain items that can be copyrighted and others that cannot. There are also a number of steps that must be taken to put a copyright in place and specified uses of copyrighted materials that do not necessarily infringe the copyright.

Man extradited, facing $300 million fraud case

A former music promoter was arraigned in a South Florida court on Jan. 9 for allegedly operating his music promotion business as a Ponzi scheme. The man, who had allegedly fled to Brazil in 2006 in an attempt to evade charges, was extradited from the country back to Florida last month. His extradition was ordered in August 2014 after the culmination of a long court battle.

Couple accused of squatting in home handed fraud charges

A married couple in Florida turned themselves in to authorities on Dec. 8 after receiving various fraud charges involving a foreclosed property. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the young couple filed a forged quit deed while they were squatting in a $1.1 million home in Keystone Heights. The couple received criminal counts for grand theft, unlawful filing and uttering a forged instrument.

Madoff fraud scheme defendant sentenced to 2-1/2 years

Miami investors may be interested to learn that on Dec. 10, a man who reportedly worked as a computer programmer in Bernard Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme was sentenced to less than three years in prison. Additionally, the man was also required to symbolically forfeit approximately $19.7 billion jointly with the other defendants who played a part in the fraud scheme.

Pyramid and Ponzi schemes

In Florida and in the rest of the United States, pyramid schemes and Ponzi schemes are illegal. However, people still try to get away with both pyramid schemes and Ponzi schemes by hiding their activities behind non-existent products or behind investment practices that appear legitimate.

Florida copyright protections

While almost all people in Florida have probably heard of copyrighted work, people may not be certain exactly what types of works are protected under copyright laws and what types of works are not. Generally, in order to be protected under applicable copyright laws, works must be either written or recorded.

What is embezzlement?

As Florida residents may know, the theft of assets placed in an individual's care that belong to another business or person is typically considered embezzlement. This type of financial fraud involves misappropriating funds that the perpetrator has a fiduciary duty to protect. In Florida, embezzlement may be charged as theft, and the property may initially be entrusted voluntarily.

What is a Ponzi scheme?

People throughout Florida have likely heard about Ponzi schemes on news broadcasts over the last several years. Several high-profile criminal cases involving Ponzi schemes have made national headlines. This type of white-collar crime is deceptively simple and is designed to steal large sums of money from unsuspecting investors.

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