Former Texas Mayor, Spouse Receive New Trial on Federal Fraud and Bribery Charges

May 29th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

When charged with a white collar crime, whether at the federal or state level, you have a constitutional right to a jury trial. The jury itself must be impartial and only consider the evidence lawfully introduced at trial. If there is any improper outside influence on the jury, that may be grounds for a mistrial […]

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Fifth Circuit: BP Not Entitled to “Restitution” for Its Costs in Helping FBI Catch Rogue Employee

April 29th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

When a person is convicted of certain federal crimes, they can be ordered to pay restitution–i.e., compensation–to their victims. This goes for white-collar crimes as well as violent offenses. That said, the law does restrict the types of restitution that the government may seek to recoup on behalf of a victim. Restitution Law Meant to […]

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How Long Could I Go to Jail for Misdemeanor Check Forgery?

April 1st, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

White collar crimes like forgery are often prosecuted as misdemeanor offenses, which carry one year or less of jail time. But if a defendant has a prior criminal record, the prosecution may seek to “enhance” the misdemeanor charge into a felony. This means that even a fairly simple crime like check forging may land a […]

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Houston Man Convicted of Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns on Behalf of Foreign Oil & Gas Workers

February 27th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

Tax crimes are among the most commonly prosecuted forms of white collar crimes in Texas. Indeed, one of the easiest ways to find yourself in the crosshairs of the IRS or the U.S. Attorney’s office is to file a fraudulent tax return–or even worse, to file multiple such returns on behalf of other people. This […]

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Houston Man Sentenced to 27 Months for Passport Forgery

January 31st, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

White collar crimes include a wide variety of offenses related to forgery and counterfeiting. For example, under federal law, it is a felony to use or attempt to use a forged passport for any purpose. And depending on the defendant’s purpose in using a forged passport, they can face a prison term of up to […]

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Federal Court Upholds Houston Doctor’s Sentence in Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy

December 23rd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

White collar crimes such as fraud often involve multiple defendants accused of participating in a conspiracy. While prosecutors must prove that each defendant had “knowledge” of the conspiracy, that does not necessarily require proof of direct knowledge. In fact, the prosecution may prove its case by showing a defendant acted with “deliberate ignorance.” Put another […]

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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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