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What Constitutes “False Evidence”?
Knowingly preparing false evidence or offering false evidence in a legal proceeding or investigation is a serious legal offense in California. In fact, it’s a felony that carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
The courts have a keen interest in protecting the integrity of the judicial process. That’s why judges and prosecutors aggressively pursue defendants when they suspect that evidence has been tampered with.
Defendants who are accused of submitting false evidence will want to find an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom.
Who Is Held Responsible for Invoice Fraud?
Invoice fraud is a type of expense fraud that involves sending fake or inflated invoices to a business. Perpetrators may intentionally invoice for more than the correct amount, prompting companies to overpay, or they may invoice for goods or services the company never received. This crime may also involve double invoicing – sending duplicate invoices for the same products or services.
Personal Use of Business Funds: How Is It Prosecuted?
When business owners use business funds for personal expenses, it is bad practice that can lead to operational, legal, and tax problems. Using company funds as a personal piggy bank for one’s own benefit is not only a breach of fiduciary duty, but also unlawful. For one thing, according to the IRS, personal expenses are not eligible as business expense deductions.
Were You Accused of Accepting a Kickback?
A kickback occurs when someone secretly provides some type of compensation to another person as a reward for doing something in an illicit manner. A kickback is a type of bribe, and anyone who offers or accepts a kickback may be subject to prosecution under California and federal law.
When Is Lobbying Considered Bribery?
The legal line between lobbying and bribery can appear to be thin at times. There is no doubt that money plays a significant role in the political process in our country. Nevertheless, politicians must obtain their contributions in a legal manner. Otherwise, they could face accusations of accepting a bribe.
What Exactly Is A ‘Cybercrime’?
One hundred years ago, if someone wanted to steal money – they had to physically rob a bank, a house, an office, or some other property. If they wanted to stalk someone, they had to actually follow them. These days, our technology has evolved to the point that virtually everyone spends a portion of their day on the internet and benefitting from computer technology – for everything from communication to finances, and home security to national security. Unfortunately, crime has advanced just behind this rapidly advancing technology curve.
How to Defend Against Copyright Violation Allegations
Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of the creator to his creative work, and as such, any owner of copyrighted work can take someone to court if he feels another party has stolen his work.
The Anatomy of an Insider Trading Case
You don’t have to be the CEO of Enron, Michael Milken (the Junk Bond King), or Martha Stewart to be charged with insider trading. In fact, some people discover after the fact that they have engaged in this illegal activity without even knowing it. If you are investing, it is important to know what constitutes insider trading and how to avoid it, and in the worst-case scenario, how to defend against the charges.
The ABCs of Fraud
When people hear the word “fraud,” their first thought may be of a businessman in a cheap suit showing up at the door to sell fake knives. While this would be one accurate depiction of a fraud crime, the reality is that fraud encompasses a wide range of different activities in many different areas. Not only can fraud occur in finances, healthcare, taxes, and virtually every other industry, but there are many ways the State can charge people with fraud.
What Is Honest Services Fraud?
Honest services fraud is defined in United States Code Title 18 Section 1346 – also known as the federal mail and wire fraud statute – as “a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services.” It is a federal crime, and it is broadly applied across the United States.