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It’s Midterm Time: Know What Counts as Voter Fraud in Illinois
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It’s Midterm Time: Know What Counts as Voter Fraud in Illinois

In 2004, a now-retired priest entered Illinois as a legal immigrant to work at several Episcopal churches. In 2006, he visited a Department of Motor Vehicles location, where he claims that a supervisor accepted his United Kingdom passport as proof of identification and asked him if he wished to register to vote.

 

Despite his momentary surprise, the priest signed the card to register, and later that year he voted on a local referendum. It wasn’t until the following day, … Read More

3 Ways You Can Be Charged with Forgery in Illinois
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3 Ways You Can Be Charged with Forgery in Illinois

They often don’t receive a whole lot of news coverage, but people in Illinois are being charged with forgery crimes all the time.

 

Mohd Assaf, a former Chicago Housing Authority vendor, is facing several counts of forgery and theft for allegedly signing and depositing $193,000 in fake housing authority checks. Assaf owns a painting service and allegedly cashed fraudulent checks between Nov. 2016 and Feb. 2018.

 

In another case, an assessor in Kingstown Township is pleading not guilty … Read More

419 Fraud Charges: What Exactly Are They?
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419 Fraud Charges: What Exactly Are They?

Have you been charged with 419 fraud or told that you’re under investigation? Wondering what the heck 419 fraud even is?

 

Chances are good that you’ve heard of this type of fraud, but you may not realize it until you understand more about it. In this post, we’ll describe 419 fraud in detail and let you know how we can help if you have been accused of committing this type of crime.

 

What Exactly Is 419 Fraud?

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Chicago’s “Mayor of Chinatown” Gets Prison for Money Laundering
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Chicago’s “Mayor of Chinatown” Gets Prison for Money Laundering

If you live around Chicago’s Chinatown, you may have heard about the scandal involving the area’s famed chef, Tony Hu.

 

Before the FBI searched his restaurant and found evidence of him laundering money and cooking the books to avoid millions of dollars in taxes, Hu’s story was the classic tale of the American Dream. His recent sentencing, however, added an orange jumpsuit to his rags-to-riches story.

 

Who Really Is Tony Hu?

 

Hu grew up on a farm in … Read More

6 Things You Don’t Know About Fraud in Illinois
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6 Things You Don’t Know About Fraud in Illinois

“You’re a fraud!”

 

Accusing someone of fraud sometimes sounds like a scene from an old movie. We know that fraud is often linked with dishonesty, but how serious is a fraud charge? What does fraud entail, and how often do miscommunications and mistakes legally qualify as fraud?

 

If you have been charged with fraud or believe you may be charged with fraud, it is crucial to understand the charges you are facing and the possible consequences from a … Read More