Arizona residents may frequently hear Ponzi schemes discussed when they hear about white collar crime. They may wonder just what kind of crime this refers to, though. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says that Ponzi schemes fall under fraud.
People in Arizona who hear about criminal trials for any type of offense need to keep in mind that even after an initial trial decision, the criminal justice system allows for additional steps if necessary. The appeals process can be a way of achieving a different outcome and offers defendants more opportunities to ensure that their rights are properly protected. Even an initial criminal appeal that may not end up in a manner favorable to a defendant can be appealed further in some situations.
You may not always consider theft and its penalty in Arizona. Theft can be more than breaking and entering, however, and it is important to understand the fine details of this crime, as well as the penalty it carries.
"Repeated punishment for the same conduct has the potential to undermine the spirit of fair play and the rule of law," said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department. "This is why the department is committed to making a concerted effort to apportion penalties among both international and domestic agencies, where appropriate."
The phrase "white collar crime" does not refer to just one type of illegal activity. Rather, it refers to several different crimes, all of which fall under the umbrella of white collar crime. Typically, white collar crime refers to a crime that is intended to achieve financial gain through the use of deceit.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 85, has been found guilty of criminal contempt by a federal judge. The criminal misdemeanor could cost him a fine and land him in jail for six months.
Like many other Arizona residents, the trust of your family, friends and co-workers means a lot to you. When accusations of fraud jeopardize that trust, more than just the potential criminal or civil penalties could greatly affect your life. Dealing with such accusations, along with any charges, needs your attention right away.
Federal criminal defendants are being denied their full right to confront the evidence against them, according to a lawsuit recently brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. This is because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't notify defendants when evidence against them was obtained via secret wiretaps and other surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or the Wiretap Act.
The Attorney General of New York has accused ExxonMobil of providing what may be "materially false and misleading statements" to investors, and he's not the only prosecutor with its site set on the oil giant. Massachusetts' Attorney General is involved in a federal case against the company, and the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating.
In the midst of the ongoing release of classified information about the FBI's cyber-tools, the Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is mulling over whether to charge members of WikiLeaks with violating the Espionage Act and other laws. The Obama administration had similar concerns when WikiLeaks released classified information, but it ultimately decided against pressing any charges out of concern for the First Amendment's freedom of the press clause.