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Well-meaning people can get drawn into embezzlement

You may have never intended to commit a crime, but a financial emergency or difficult situation convinced you to take from your employer “just this once.” It could be easy to become caught up in a cycle of taking and justifying, especially if you feel your employers have more money than they need. Many Californians who are discovered embezzling from their employers never meant to cause harm, but found themselves in a vicious cycle that became more difficult to escape from as time went on.

Why embezzlement is not only large corporate crime

When you hear the word "embezzlement," you may think only of million-dollar cases of large corporation white-collar crime. However, the truth is that embezzlement is a crime that encompasses a wide range of financial misdeeds in terms of business, and not only involves large corporations, but also touches small businesses.

What you need to know if officers find drugs in your car

Facing drug charges in California is a serious matter. Depending on the type and quantity of drugs the prosecutor claims you possessed, you could face substantial jail or prison time plus stiff fines if you are convicted. That is why it is so important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

What was the first Ponzi scheme?

In recent years, there seems to have been a surge of authorities busting Ponzi schemes. Arguably the most famous Ponzi scheme in recent memory involved Bernie Madoff, who conned investors out of over $65 billion and now has to spend 150 years in prison. 

Understanding a RICO criminal charge

If you are a California resident facing criminal charges for a RICO violation, you probably are wondering exactly what RICO is and what the government must prove in order to convict you. RICO is the acronym for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act that Congress passed in 1970. Its initial purpose was to wipe out organized crime such as the types of criminal activity engaged in by the Mafia.

Tax errors that are actually fraud

To put it simply, taxes are complicated. Unless you are among those who earn a living working as an accountant, you probably make at least a few guesses or estimates when filing your taxes over the course of your lifetime.

Your college student could face serious consequences for drinking

Your child is finally an adult and has gone off to college. While you are no doubt feeling proud and probably a little nostalgic, you might also need to feel concerned about the possibilities of alcohol abuse during the first years your child is on his or her own. You and other parents in California should be aware of the charges your child could face for college drinking.

Online swatting prank can result in serious charges

When you spend a great deal of time online, it is easy for the line between reality and the virtual world to become blurred. You and others in California and elsewhere might never consider hurling insults, swearing or threatening a stranger on the street, but it can seem for many people that basic rules of decency do not apply in comment sections or chat rooms. When you are in the middle of an intense multi-player online game and rely on others to help you succeed, the emotionally charged atmosphere can make it even easier to say or do something you normally would never have considered doing.

5 common internet crimes

With the internet at the center of our daily lives, there are many types of cyber crimes. Everyone knows that downloading movies or music without consent is against the law, but there are plenty of other activities that may land users behind bars. 

A few mistakes that MLM reps make

Multilevel marketing, or MLM, is big in the United States. It has become so common that you could be involved with an MLM company and know at least 10 people in your close circles who are involved with at least one MLM company as well. In many ways, this is a good thing. You get to pursue something you are passionate about and that makes you feel good about yourself. At the same time, you can solidify friendships with others who sell for the company.

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