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Category: White Collar Crimes

3 Notorious White Collar Criminals and Their Crimes

Many people don’t necessarily think of white collar crimes as serious because they don’t involve violence. But white collar crimes are serious, and in the state of Illinois they can carry serious penalties.

 

What constitutes a white collar crime in our state? Essentially, these types of crimes involve money – someone getting rich off of someone else’s money – and white collar criminals are often glorified and become notorious for their escapades, despite having to spend years in prison [...]

Don’t Get Charged with Tax Evasion this Season

 

With the April 15th deadline right around the corner, it’s a good idea to begin the process of filing your federal and state taxes if you haven’t already done so. Happily, there are numerous tax return preparation firms, programs, and websites available to help you through this oftentimes stressful and confusing process.

 

However, it’s important to remember that you bear the responsibility for the accuracy of all entries made on your tax return, whether the return is [...]

Drug War Out, Cyber War In: America’s New Exorbitant Panic

“Cyber security” is the new buzzword sending millions of Americans into a panicked frenzy as they find themselves vulnerable to numerous attacks by cyber criminals. And with the forward march of digitalization over the last two decades cutting across all segments of society, hackers have their work cut out for them.

 

In the 21st century America, “internet” is the name of our new addiction. Information-hungry, tech-savvy users are now empowered to capture, create, and spread content across a [...]

White-Collar Crime Punishment: Harsh or Lenient?

Legal experts have signaled that, over the past decades, the punishments for federal crimes have seen a significant increase in severity (far greater than what was meted out in the past) and even more so in fraud and money laundering cases.

 

The sentences for individuals arrested and convicted of white-collar crimes are established using a particular set of rules in which points are added or eliminated depending on the various aspects of the defendant’s behavior and the crimes committed. [...]

Wiretapping, Now a Potent Tool against White-Collar Crimes

1968 was the year when the federal government was first allowed to use wiretapping to record telephone conversations of alleged offenders believed to be involved in drug trafficking and other narco-related crimes. Although there always were mixed opinions about the technique – given the fine line between investigators’ needs and the individual’s privacy rights – wiretapping has started being used extensively in the last two decades.

 

According to a Forbes article, “the amount of court-issued warrants surging from 1,190 [...]

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What Happens If You Aren’t Read Your Miranda Rights in IL?

Criminal Defense | Miranda Rights

It’s a common trope in crime TV: someone is arrested and they’re told they have the right to remain silent, among other things.

This is what most people think of when they hear the term “Miranda Rights,” and these rights are legally guaranteed to all US citizens should they be arrested. There’s more to your Miranda rights than simply not having to speak, though.

These rights are an integral part of keeping the justice system fair, impartial, and unbiased. Law [...]

How “Job Placement Fees” Can Equate to IL Involuntary Servitude

Involuntary Servitude

One of the great benefits of capitalism is that people are guaranteed pay for the work they do. The US has one of the most robust economies in the world, along with a high standard of living.

These factors combined make the US, and particularly large cities like Chicago, attractive to immigrants.

That said, because many migrant workers don’t have any resources in the US, they are vulnerable to exploitation.

Involuntary Servitude and Immigrants in Illinois

Involuntary servitude is the [...]

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