How To Deal With Contractor Fraud

Contractor FraudOne of the most popular categories of fraud is the Contractor Fraud (also known as Home Building Fraud or Home Renovation Fraud). This term applies to the illegal practice of renovating, reforming, repairing, rebuilding personal property by misrepresentation of services, inflation of costs and project remuneration. It is usually practiced by small firms, or incredulous individuals that guarantee quick repairs for low prices. Generally, those repairs and upgrades are unnecessary, or even harmful for your property.

Do not forget that not all the contractors are con-artists – most of them are honest workers, but still be careful with all the warning signs that we will mention below and make sure you do everything possible to protect your budget and your property.

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Being Accused Of Money Laundering

Money LaunderingMoney Laundering is a complex type of fraud, which involves a conglomerate of participants, resources, and circumstances. It’s a criminal activity classified as a white-collar offense with a rich history and global cases. It is wrapped around illegal financial transactions with the objective to hide the criminal nature of the income. Sometimes this term is applied to other aspects of financial crimes, like violation of the securities, digital currencies, credit cards, traditional currency, terrorism financing and evasion of international sanctions. The penalties for these felonies vary according to the level of severity.

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RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)

RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)United States Federal Law does everything in its power in order to combat the continuing growth of criminal organizations. One of the countermeasures initiated in 1970, is an Act relating to the control of organized crime in the United States, also known as RICO (OCCA).

RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This term applies to a Federal Law, designed to combat organized groups running illegal business (i.e. racketeering), which may include the importation and sale of illegal drugs, gambling, money laundering, prostitution rings, bribery, drug trafficking, slavery, or any act involving murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, extortion, dealing with obscene matter, terrorism, bankruptcy or security fraud, helping aliens to enter illegally the country, dealing with controlled substance, etc. Continue reading

Prescription Drug Fraud

prescription-drug-fraudPrescription Drug Fraud is a severe drug crime. Misinformation about your health state and/or your personality in order to get controlled substances from a pharmacist or doctor shopping are examples of law violation. In other words, drug fraud is a type of crime where legal or illegal drugs, are cut and altered in order to decline their value below which they are sold for. It became a national problem that increases each year and affects everybody in the health care system: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, patients, health insurance companies, etc. The term of Prescription Drug Fraud doesn’t include theft, burglary, back door pharmacies and illegal drug importation and distribution. Continue reading

What Is Fencing Of Stolen Goods?

The fence is a new look at the world of property theft. As everyone knows, property is stolen if it was obtained by any theft, burglary, robbery or extortion. Knowing the property is stolen depends on the subjective and actual knowledge of the receiver of goods.

Fencing” – the crime of buying and reselling stolen merchandise and is one of the links law_fencethat binds theft to the larger social system.

A fence (as a noun) is an individual who knowingly buys stolen property for later resale, sometimes in a legitimate market. As a verb, the word describes the behavior of the thief in the transaction: The burglar fenced the stolen radio.

All fences are by definition businessmen: They are middlemen in commerce – albeit illegitimate commerce – providing goods and services to others, regardless of whether they operate from a legitimate business or rely solely on individual resources. Continue reading

What Is Trespassing and How to Protect Your Property?! No Trespassing! Private Property!

Your home is your castle! We all want to feel protected and safe in our homes. Tmy house my castlehat is why we all are aware of importance to secure our private property. People have different views on property rights. Some don’t mind if people walk on their land, while others don’t want anyone on their property. Though, people are concerned about the trespassers, either they’re aware of theft and vandalism, or they want to avoid liability if a stranger is hurt while on their property. Yeah! Don’t be surprised! You may be taken to court if somebody was accidentally hurt on your property.

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Getting Out of Jail by Setting a Bail

A person’s first thought after being arrested and put in jail is often how Get-out-of-jail-300x190to get out and fast! The usual way to do it is to post a bail.

Bail is cash, a bond or a piece of property that has a cash value, that a defendant gives as a guarantee that he or she will appear in court when ordered to do so. In general, if a defendant shows up to court when he or she is supposed to after being released from a jail, the court will return the bail. BUT if he or she DOES NOT show up, the court will keep the bail and most likely issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrestjail-bail-guy

Judges are responsible for setting a bail. Commonly many people want to get out of jail immediately instead of waiting a day or longer to see a judge, that’s why most jails have standard bail schedules that specify bail amounts for common crimes. Where a defendant poses a threat to the safety of the community, he or she may be held without bail.

After being released a defendant may be required to: limit travel; maintain or seek employment; undergo drug and alcohol testing; comply with a curfew; comply with periodic check-ins with authorities; refrain from possession of a firearm etc.

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Drug Trafficking And Distribution. Drug Trafficking Defenses

Drug Trafficking is a global problem that also affects United States. Although the law fights every day with this issue, there are still significant drug trafficking problems in the United States. According to Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) there are over 30,000 annual arrests related to distribution and trafficking of illegal drugs.

drug traffickingDrug trafficking or distribution includes transportation, selling and illegal import of controlled substances. Drug distribution is more serious crime as drug possession and is regarded as felony. It  is also illegal to distribute prescription drugs like pain killers, sleeping pills etc.

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Possession Of Illegal Drugs. Simple Possession Vs. Intention To Distribute

It is well known that drugs are addictive chemical substances that affect central nervous system causing beneficial effects on perception, consciousness and behavior. There are four basic types of drug crimes, these are possession, distribution/trafficking, use and manufacture and cultivation of any of the following:drugs

  • narcotics
  • anabolic steroids
  • stimulants
  • depressants
  • hallucinogens
  • chemicals (ingredients of drugs)

 

One of the basic drug crimes is drug possession, because it is illegal to possess controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine etc. If a person possesses a small amount of drugs, it may be considered a “simple possession”. If the police finds large amounts of drugs, it presumes “intention to distribute”. Drugs possession can be determineddrugs2 by “actual possession” when the person has control over the drug and in most cases is carrying it. If the substance is found around the person’s property – the possession is called “constructive”. Possession of paraphernalia such as crack pipes, bongs or syringes also violates federal and state laws.

 

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