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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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.

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Federal And State Crimes – What Are They And How Can You Differentiate Between Them?

Probably everyone has heard about federal and state crimes but the majority of people doesn’t differentiate them. Let’s make it clear and define both of the terms.

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Federal crime is an illegal act that is made against U.S. federal legislation and is prosecuted by federal criminal law. Federal crimes are investigated by:

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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When federal cases go to trial they are prosecuted by United States Attorney in each judicial district in accordance with already established laws. Federal crimes can range from illegally downloading songs from Internet to RICO, drug trafficking, corruption or immigration crimes.

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Easy way to get rich – easy way to jail. Larceny Or Theft Is Not A Solution!

rrrrrrrrrrrrThe modern media popularizes the life of reach and beautiful. Everyone would like to have a better live and sometimes the desire of having more money or goods may lead to unlawful criminal actions. Some people think that stealing is the easiest way to get richer and that is the reason why larceny or theft are committed so often.

Criminal law basically categorizes larceny as a form of theft that means taking of someone else’s property without using force from the location different from their home.

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Larceny consists of unlawful taking of person’s property and carrying it away. In this case someone else’s property means that the larceny occurs when the property belongs to someone else. If the property is co-owned and it was stolen from the co-owners by another one, it is also larceny. Larceny occurs without the owner’s consent, what means that the owner didn’t give his approval to remove the property, and the taker’s intent is to permanently deprive the owner of use of his or her property.

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Property Crimes – Non-Violent Intent to Deprive the Owner of Their Property

Property crimes have been always a central problem in every society and culture throughout the history. Property crimes consist of taking someone else’s money or property without using force.

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Property crimes include:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Larceny
  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism

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Robbery is not regarded as a property crime, because it involves the use of force or threat of force, that’s why it is categorized as violent crime.

According to the FBI Crime Statistics there were in 2012,  8,975,438 property crimes with $15,5 billion calculated damages.

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Medical Identity Theft: What Are The Reasons For This Fraud Crime? What Are Your Risks?

Medical identity theft is one of the fraud crimes that has increased over the past years in the United States. According to the Ponemon Institute 1.84 million people were victims of medical identity theft in 2013 with an estimated total cost of $28,6 billion.

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It is illegal to use a person’s identity or personal health information to receive health care services. Some people intentionally commit fraud against “themselves” by allowing uninsured people to use their health insurance to obtain care. This is called “Robin Hood” crimes and it constituted 30% of medical ID theft in 2013.

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There are different reasons for stealing someone else’s medical identity:

  • obtain prescription drugs to sell them
  • get free treatment
  • falsify or inflate treatment claims

 

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Drug Use. Why is it Illegal to Escape the Reality?

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One of the most widely-spread problem in the whole world are illegal drugs. This refers also to United States. When people get tired or bored of what they have, they want changes, and the easiest way for it is to use drugs. In addition to possession, manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs, drug use is also a crime.

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It is illegal to use following substances unless they are legally prescribed by your doctor for health reasons:

  • depressants
  • hallucinogens
  • narcotics
  • steroids
  • chemicals that are used in production of drugs
  • prescription medicines

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