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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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