Houston Woman Receives 6-Year Sentence After Trying to Cover Up Grant Fraud

December 3rd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

The federal government takes fraud seriously, particularly when it is the victim. Individuals charged with defrauding federal programs often face severe sentences if convicted, and in many cases, those sentences are “enhanced” under federal guidelines to account for other things such as the defendant’s refusal to cooperate with investigators. Take the recent case of Shonda […]

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What Happens If I Commit Perjury During My Criminal Trial?

October 30th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

If you are charged with a white collar crime such as fraud, you have the same rights as any other criminal defendant. For example, you have the right to remain silent. But if you choose to waive that right and testify at your trial, it is important to tell the truth. If you are caught […]

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How Restitution Can Impact a White Collar Criminal Sentence

September 30th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

A white collar criminal conviction often carries more than a prison sentence. In cases involving fraud, embezzlement, or other financial losses, the court will order the defendant to pay restitution to the victim. This can take the form of a single lump-sum payment, a payment plan over time, or even “in-kind” payments in the form […]

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Texas Jury Convicts Man for Role in Multi-State Check Fraud Scheme

August 28th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

The two biggest mistakes that criminal defendants make is speaking to the police outside the presence of a qualified criminal defense attorney, and consenting to a search of their property. This is not only true for people charged with violent offenses, but also white collar crimes like fraud and counterfeiting. 5th Circuit: Defendant Consented to […]

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Court of Criminal Appeals Reverses San Antonio Man’s Conviction for Tampering with Government Records

July 31st, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

Details matter when it comes to white collar crimes. As with any criminal case, the burden is on the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This means offering sufficient evidence to show the defendant committed each element of the specific offense charged. Fake Social Security Card Actually Saved Defendant from Jail […]

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Embezzling from Your Employer Can Lead to Serious Felony Charges

June 26th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

White collar theft is treated just as seriously in Texas as any other crime. Embezzling money from your employer, for example, is a type of theft. And if the embezzlement occurs over an extended period of time, you can even be charged with “aggregate theft” for the total value of the money or property that […]

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False Tax Filings Can Land You in Big Trouble with the Government

March 29th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

With income tax season upon us, many Houston-area residents are scrambling to gather their receipts and visit their accountants. Few of us consider getting taxes done a pleasurable task. But even fewer of us want to face potential criminal charges for white collar crimes, such as tax evasion, under-reporting of income, or filing fraudulent documents […]

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How Failing to File Your Employment Taxes Can Land You in Jail

February 28th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

White collar crimes cover a variety of offenses in Texas. For instance, one of the more common types of white-collar charge involve tax crimes in one form or another. Most of us pay our taxes on-time and without incident. But some of us neglect to file all required returns or pay the tax owed in […]

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Federal Court Upholds 5-Year Prison Term for Texas Woman Convicted of Embezzling from Former Partner

January 30th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

Not every white collar crime is the result of a grand conspiracy to commit fraud. Oftentimes, these cases simply involve a personal relationship gone bad. Maybe a couple had a bad breakup, and one party decides to appropriate money or property from the other. While the appropriator may think they are just “taking what they […]

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How Serious Is the Charge of “Misapplication of Fiduciary Property” in Texas?

October 19th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

One of the more common types of white collar crime prosecuted in Texas is “misapplication of fiduciary property.” In its simplest terms, if you agree to take someone else’s money and use it for a particular purpose, you can be charged with a crime if you act “contrary” to the agreement. For example, if you […]

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