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Category: White Collar Crimes

Ten Indicted for $23 Million Chicago Bank Embezzlement

In Illinois, you can face some stiff charges if accused of embezzlement. One of the most common forms of white-collar crime, embezzlement often makes headlines when it happens.

A great example is the recent indictment of several defendants who are alleged to have participated in embezzlement at a Chicago bank. These defendants, one of whom was the bank’s former Vice President, were accused of embezzling over $23 million. While an indictment is not a guilty verdict, it does point to [...]

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 [...]

Being Investigated for an IL White Collar Crime? You Can Make It Worse

If you have been arrested for a white collar crime in Illinois, you might be feeling a lot of different emotions. Though white collar crimes aren’t violent in nature, the law takes these offenses very seriously. Offenders often face heavy fines and years behind bars for what may have started as a little white lie – or even an accounting mistake.

 

You may feel the urge to take drastic action to save your skin. You may just want to [...]

How to Protect Yourself and Fight against White Collar Charges

Just because a crime doesn’t involve violence, that doesn’t mean the penalties will be any less severe.

 

If you commit a white collar crime – a nonviolent, financially motivated crime such as fraud, embezzlement, bribery, money laundering, forgery, and others – you could be punished with a number of consequences, including:

 

    Expensive fines as high as $1 million for certain offenses such as bank fraud Lengthy prison sentences Restitution – paying back the money you appropriated for yourself
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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 [...]

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Using the 2nd Amendment to Fight IL Weapons Charges

Weapons Charges

In the realm of criminal law, navigating weapons charges can be a daunting task, especially in jurisdictions like Chicago, where firearm regulations are stringent. However, one avenue that defendants may explore is invoking the protections offered by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Understanding how the Second Amendment intersects with weapons charges and its interpretation within the legal framework of Chicago is crucial for building a robust defense strategy.

The Second Amendment: An Overview

The Second Amendment of [...]

Mistaken Identity: When You’re Not the Chicago Thief They’re Looking For

Mistaken Identity | Wrongful Accusations | Theft

In the realm of criminal justice, mistaken identity is a persistent and troubling issue. One of the most distressing scenarios is when an individual finds themselves falsely accused of theft, grappling with the repercussions of a crime they didn’t commit.

Such cases often underscore the critical importance of establishing an airtight alibi and presenting compelling evidence to assert innocence. Let’s delve into this complex issue, exploring real-life instances of mistaken identity in theft accusations and the imperative of constructing a [...]