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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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fraud May Sound like a Soft Crime, but Penalties Can Be Harsh

There are numerous types of fraud charges, but as a whole, they frequently fall under the heading of white collar crime in that they typically involve criminal activity related to money. Victims of this kind of fraud typically incur losses that represent total financial devastation, and as such, prosecutors are aggressive when seeking recourse against perpetrators of fraud. If you’ve been accused of fraud, have close associations with someone who is accused of or being investigated for fraud, or are [...]

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Are Technical Probation Violations in IL on Hold Right Now?

COVID-19 | Probation Violations

While probation offices across Illinois are closed or operating with fewer employees due to COVID-19, there may be a decrease in technical probation violations resulting in any real punishments.

For many years, criminal justice researchers have gathered a lot of data about whether or not punishments for non-criminal probation violations are helpful to anyone. With many probation offices changing the way they do things during the COVID-19 pandemic, that question is being asked again.

So what is the difference between [...]

Illinois Prisoners Have Rights — Are They Being Violated?

Prisoners Rights | Early Release | Criminal Defense

Regardless of how a person winds up in prison, all prisoners’ rights are the same. This is true even during the current pandemic or any other natural disaster for that matter.

One of those rights is personal safety. To help protect that right and to prevent further COVID-19 infections in the state prison system, certain inmates are being released early.

The concerted effort, however, has since given way to public questions about precisely who has been released and whether or [...]

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