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Category: Fraud

Rash of Mail Thefts and Check Fraud Have IL Cops on the Lookout

Mail is something that is so much a part of everyday life – it can be difficult to envision the types of crimes people commit surrounding it. But make no mistake, crimes involving mail are currently alive and well.

In fact, in Illinois, there’s been a rash of mail stolen from collection boxes outside of the Park Ridge post officer. The boxes were pried open, and the mail inside was stolen.

Many of these crimes go beyond simply taking mail. [...]

Tax Time Is Almost Here – Could You Accidentally Commit Fraud in IL?

Everyone dreads tax time. Even if you’re owed a nice rebate, the hassle of preparing your income tax returns is a headache, and most of us put it off until the last minute. However, if you’re not careful when preparing your tax returns, you could face something far more serious than missing a portion of your refund: income tax fraud charges. Individual slip-ups typically fall into the category of negligence rather than fraud, but even seemingly harmless white lies can [...]

Mistaken Delivery? Returning It for Money Is a Crime in Illinois

The holidays are upon us, meaning that the mail is overloaded with packages of all kinds. During this hectic time of year, it’s not unusual to receive packages that aren’t addressed to you.

In some cases, it’s not even possible to return the package to its intended recipient. So in this case, what do you do with this unwanted item?

If the item happens to be worth some money, you might be tempted to return it to a local retailer [...]

Embezzlement in Illinois: What You Should Know

Embezzlement is a form of white collar crime which may be punishable by lengthy prison sentences, exorbitant fines, and restitution. Despite these serious criminal consequences, embezzlement is sadly fairly common here in Illinois.

Take, for example, the former mayor of Posen. He was recently indicted on embezzlement charges for stealing money from the city’s checking account during his final two years in office, from 2015 to 2016. The indictment does not report how much the former mayor allegedly stole, and [...]

Bribery in Illinois: A Breakdown of the Laws

Have you been charged with bribery in Illinois? Are you under investigation? Do you just want to understand how the law works to make sure you’re abiding by it?

 

In this post, we’re going to detail laws and associated penalties, and cover what you can do to fight back if you do find yourself getting unwanted attention from law enforcement.

 

 

How Illinois Bribery Laws Work

 

How big of a deal is bribery here? It’s one of [...]

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Is Stealing From Your Employer Theft in IL?

Theft

Depending on the line of work, it’s not uncommon for employers to take things home from the job. Maybe this is some pencils, pens, and printer paper from an office job. Or maybe you work for a mechanic and borrow some tools… permanently. Is this considered theft? Could you be charged with a crime for taking things from your employer?

Short answer: yes. Stealing from your employer is a severe offense in the state of Illinois. According to the Illinois [...]

Charged With IL Assault? You Have Rights

Assault

Criminal defendants, no matter what crimes they are charged with, have rights in the United States. These rights are protected by the United States Constitution. The problem is, not everyone who is accused of a crime like assault in Illinois takes full advantage of these rights – which is why your attorney is here to help.

What does the state of Illinois consider assault, and what rights do you have if you are accused? These are questions to which every [...]

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