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Vehicle Insurance Fraud

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

The term “vehicle insurance fraud” is used to describe any act that involves obtaining financial gain from an auto insurance company through fraudulent means. This includes a variety of activities ranging from planning a collision to exaggerating injuries sustained in an accident. In recent years, both state and federal prosecutors have attempted to crack… Read More »

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Interstate Drug Trafficking

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

Federal law prohibits the selling, transportation, and importation of controlled substances, such as marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. While state law also criminalizes drug trafficking, federal investigations are usually better funded and more extensive. Federal prosecutions also tend to result in much harsher penalties, which is in part due to the fact that courts are… Read More »

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Backdating Stock Options

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

All companies have a certain degree of discretion when it comes to determining when stock options will be awarded. In most cases, the price of employee options will be dictated by the market price of the underlying stock on the day it was granted. However, some companies choose to backdate options, which means that… Read More »

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Antitrust Violations

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

In the late 1800’s, Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act, which was intended to help reduce the domination of certain markets by only a few corporations. The law only applied to interstate commerce, so states quickly adopted their own antitrust laws. Florida’s was passed in 1980 and is known as the Florida Antitrust Act…. Read More »

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Robberies Involving a Controlled Substance

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

Although most robbery and burglary offenses are handled in state court, certain types of crimes also qualify as violations of federal law. When a robbery or burglary involves a controlled substance, for example, defendants can be charged in federal court. Federal offenses tend to be more harshly penalized than their state counterparts, so if… Read More »

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What to do if You Have Been Charged with Larceny by Check

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

There are a wide range of offenses that fall under the broad category of white collar crime, including large-scale fraud, such as embezzlement or extortion. However, some of the most commonly charged white collar crimes involve larceny, specifically larceny by check. Larceny by check is a phrase used to describe the specific crime of… Read More »

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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was passed in 1977 and makes it unlawful to pay foreign government officials in an effort to influence them in their official capacities. The FCPA prohibits a wide range of activities, some of which a person may not even know are unlawful until they are faced with criminal… Read More »

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Assault on a Federal Officer

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

Getting into an altercation with a federal officer or employee can have serious consequences, including charges of assault. These types of cases are tried in federal court, and so tend to be prosecuted more aggressively, making it especially important for those who have been charged with this offense to retain a federal crime lawyer… Read More »

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Misgrading Agricultural Commodities

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

Before a grower of agricultural commodities can begin selling its products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must first give the specific items a grade, which indicates their level of quality. Grading involves a rigorous review process by skilled professionals who are required to follow official grade standards. While most graders are careful to… Read More »

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Deceptive Advertising

By Jeffrey S. Weiner |

Both state and federal law prohibit companies from using deceptive advertising practices. Those who are convicted of employing unlawful practices can be required to pay up to $10,000 in penalties for each violation, in addition to actual damages, and attorney’s fees, so if you have been accused of using unfair or deceptive advertising practices,… Read More »

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