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Mail versus wire: Understanding fraud charges and penalties

Fraud is defined as wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain for the deceiver. Fraudulent acts involve misrepresentation, falsified information or deceit to gain a commodity or something of value. In criminal law, fraud offenses are most commonly associated with mail and wire fraud, both of which are federal crimes.

The law and facial recognition software

Most people are familiar with Facebook’s facial recognition software. When a friend uploads a picture, it’s common for Facebook to ask its users: is this you? The user gets to decide if they are “tagged,” but it’s still worth noting that a computer just identified a human individual from a picture. Some companies are taking facial recognition software to the real world. The CaliBurger chain in California has used it to let customers pay via their loyalty accounts. All they have to do is “sign in” by looking at a kiosk.

Can you face DUI arrest if your BAC is lower than legal limit?

The penalties for a DUI can range depending on the specific circumstances. You may only face misdemeanor charges for a first-time offense in South Carolina as long as the behavior did not result in any property or physical damage. However, a first offense can lead to an indefinite suspension of the person's driver's license if he or she had a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.15, which is well above the legal limit.

Embezzlement charges often accompany crimes against IRS

Often, the commission of one crime in South Carolina also implicates other crimes. When a person embezzles money from an employer or organization, the activity tends to require hiding that newfound money from the Internal Revenue Service. Thus, an embezzler may not report this income, however illegally obtained, on his or her income taxes.

RICO: What is it and why is it important?

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was initially intended to combat the Mafia, but it has extended its reach in recent years to combat a wider range of illegal activities. The RICO Act states that the leaders of an organization can face the same penalties as lower-level members as long as the leaders are the ones who issued the commands for the crime to take place. A number of different crimes can fall under the act's jurisdiction, including drug dealing, counterfeiting, arson, murder, illegal gambling and much more.

What you should know about criminal drug charge defense

When facing criminal drug charges in Greenville, try not to get too upset. You cannot afford for your anger and emotions to cloud your judgment about the steps you must take to defend yourself. You need a clear head to understand the grave reality of your situation and how it can affect you for the rest of your days. 

Ponzi schemes can result in jail time

Being involved in a Ponzi scheme in South Carolina can cause more trouble than losing all of one’s gambling money; it can also result in criminal charges. One may start participating as an investor or contributor of funds with the hope of profit. However, that role may broaden to include recruitment of other participants, and often the recruiting efforts include persuasion with false promises and inaccurate information.

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