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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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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What Is the Penalty for Using Counterfeit Money in Texas?

May 30th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar

Theft is theft even when there is no violence involved. For example, if you “purchase” goods from a store using counterfeit currency, you can be charged with a felony. Although counterfeiting is generally considered a white-collar crime, the penalty for such an act is actually more substantial than if you were simply caught shoplifting, which […]

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