How White Collar Fraud Can Lead to a 75-Year Prison Term

September 20th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

There is a popular misconception that white collar crimes are treated less harshly by the criminal justice system in Texas than violent felonies. The reality is that prosecutors–and judges–are often more keen to “throw the book” at white collar defendants because fraudulent acts can harm hundreds or thousands of people. White collar crimes also tend […]

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When Does Fraud Become “Organized Crime” in Texas?

August 18th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

One of the most common types of white collar crime in Texas is identity fraud. Under Section 32.51 of the Texas Penal Code, this involves obtaining or possessing someone else’s “identifying information” and using it to defraud someone else. The identifying information may be a physical item, like a credit card or a driver’s license, […]

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Houston Man Becomes Fugitive Following Fraud Conviction

June 8th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

Fraud is perhaps the most common type of white collar crime prosecuted in Texas. Fraud takes many forms. But the essential nature of fraud is that it involves acquiring the property of another through false pretenses. Fraud is also not just a matter of Texas law. Anyone who defrauds a financial institution–i.e., a bank–or uses […]

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Is Failing to Pay a Subcontractor a Felony in Texas?

May 19th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

The phrase “white collar crime” usually conjures up an image of some type of massive fraud like a Ponzi scheme. But even seemingly ordinary business disputes can lead to criminal charges in Texas. For example, the Texas Property Code defines “misapplication of trust funds” as a criminal offense. “Misapplication” refers to a case where a […]

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The Crime of Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency Carries Stiff Penalties

March 22nd, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases, White Collar Crime

On December 6, 2014 three individuals were suspected of passing over $600 in counterfeit U.S. currency at a Corpus Christie, Texas WalMart. Police say the suspects, two black females and a black male, entered the WalMart on the 3800 block of Highway 77 at different times and made purchases of less than $200, leaving with […]

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White Collar Crime: Money Laundering

February 20th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

Discussing white-collar crime in general terms can be difficult because there are many definitions of it and it includes many different types of crimes. As a result, it is easier to begin understanding white-collar crime by discussing specific crimes that fall under its umbrella. Here, we will discuss money laundering. Generally speaking, money laundering involves […]

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