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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 White Collar Crimes and Their Penalties in Illinois

While they usually do not involve violence or serious bodily injury, white collar crimes are taken very seriously in Illinois and will often result in felony charges for the alleged offender.

 

Below we have briefly defined a few common white collar crimes that we see in Illinois, and the charges you may face for committing them. For more information on the penalties for different levels of felony charges, click here.

 

Theft: Any act of obtaining goods or services [...]

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 [...]

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Understanding Illinois Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Charges

Sex Crimes | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

In our state, sexual abuse and sexual assault laws are stringent, covering a range of non-consensual acts. These offenses are classified based on the nature of the act, the age of the victim, and the presence of aggravating factors such as force or threats.

This post will include in-depth breakdowns of criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Being convicted for any of these requires [...]

The Role of Police Misconduct in Chicago Resisting Arrest Cases

Resisting Arrest

Resisting arrest charges can be contentious and complex, especially when allegations of police misconduct or excessive force are involved. In Chicago, as in many other cities, cases of resisting arrest often intersect with concerns about police behavior and civil rights violations. Understanding the dynamics of how police misconduct can influence resisting arrest cases is crucial for both defendants and legal advocates.

Allegations of Police Misconduct

In recent years, allegations of police misconduct and excessive force have garnered significant attention in [...]