Category: Fraud

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Frauds and scams both involve using deception or manipulation to gain something for yourself, usually money or property, and therefore unfairly deprive another person of what rightfully belongs to them. Some forms of fraud have been designated by federal and state governments as criminal offenses. These offenses may carry prison sentences and large fines, depending…

credit card fraud

In recent years, the instances of credit card fraud have continued to increase. As a result, prosecutors take credit card fraud very seriously, and the penalties for a conviction can be tougher than you might realize. Furthermore, as federal law enforcement continues to develop more sophisticated tools for tracking down cyber criminals, it’s reasonable to…

5 Things Everyone Should Know about Tax Evasion and Fraud - Broden & Mickelsen

For most taxpayers in the United States, an IRS audit is something you should try to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, many taxpayers already know the stress that comes when the IRS knocks on your door to investigate a simple error. When the “simple error” results in a significant discrepancy in reporting, or failure to…

Texas White Collar Crime Lawyer Answers Questions About Corporate Fraud - Broden & Mickelsen LLP

Corporate fraud is a complex area of law. Here’s what you need to know about corporate fraud crime, along with answers to the most commonly asked questions. No business, no matter how large or small, is exempt from the risk of corporate fraud. Crimes in this category happen on both large and small scales and…

What Is Doctor Shopping in Texas and Is It a Serious Crime? - Attorneys Broden & Mickelsen

Illegally seeking additional prescriptions for pain medication is considered doctor shopping and it’s a serious crime in Texas. Here’s what you need to know. Prescription drug abuse and misuse are viewed as a major issue for the entire country. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 15 million people use…

Dallas Lawyer Explains How to Avoid Unknowingly Committing Fraud - Attorneys Broden & Mickelsen

Accusations of fraud are a serious matter. Most people recognize fraud as a group of crimes committed with the intent to deceive, often associating the term with high profile white-collar crimes. Unfortunately, fraud is more prevalent than you may realize. If you are facing fraud charges in Texas, it is in your best interest to…

What You Need to Know About Mortgage Fraud in Texas - Attorneys Broden & Mickelsen

Recent headlines are filled with news stories about high-profile white-collar crimes, and it’s a fairly safe assumption to say that most people today have at least a basic understanding of the nature of these types of crimes. What many people don’t understand is that the scope of crimes under this category is much larger than…

voter fraud

Voter fraud is a controversial offense, nowhere more so than in Texas, which has seen several high profile cases. Crystal Mason, a woman who tried to cast a ballot as a felon, was sentenced to five years in prison in late September. Mason, 43, attempted to vote in the 2016 election. Although she used her…

What Is the RICO Act

There are a host of famous — or infamous, depending on your perspective — RICO Act cases throughout U.S. legal history. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is a federal statute that has been around since 1970. It makes headlines every now and then in the news when federal law enforcement officials and…

Health Care Fraud Is a Growing Problem

Healthcare fraud can take many forms. “Health care fraud” is something of an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of crimes related to the healthcare and insurance industries. According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, healthcare fraud costs taxpayers $68 billion every year and accounts for between three and 10 percent of all healthcare…