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Handling accusations of identity theft

If you have been charged with identity theft, you may be struggling with a myriad of issues. Aside from stress and strong emotions, you could be worried about how the allegations will impact your future or whether you will have to spend time behind bars. At Sapone & Petrillo, we know all too well how damaging these charges can be for people who live in New York. To make things even worse, some people are falsely accused of identity theft and other white collar crimes that they never committed.

Reviewing federal bribery regulations

People taking a few dollars “under the table” for a favor to be granted later may be something that is often joked about in New York. The truth, however, is that federal officials take accusations of bribery very seriously. Indeed, according to information shared in the United States Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Report, there were 418 cases of official corruption involving 575 defendants filed in 2015 alone. A federal bribery conviction can carry with it stiff penalties. The question is when is it lawful for a transaction involving an official to be conducted?

What does the ATF do?

For people in New York and all over the nation, understanding what different government agencies actually do can be very enlightening. This is certainly true of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which serves a very important role in both investigating federal offenses, as well as preventing them from happening in the first place.

Man accused of embezzlement over questionable travel expenses

It may be easy to assume that those accused of embezzlement in New York are sophisticated white-collar criminals stealing millions of dollars giant corporate conglomerates. Yet in truth, anyone in any profession and in social class can be accused of such a crime. Embezzlement is defined as the misappropriation of funds entrusted to an individual (typically by his or her employer). In some cases, the intent to misuse company money for personal gain may be clear. In others, however, one accused of embezzlement might actually have believed (of was led to believe) that his or her use of such funds was legitimate.

When insider trading can lead to criminal liability

As a center for global trade, New York has long been a place of opportunity. But the pursuit of financial success can come with a high cost when the SEC gets involved. Anyone who participates in trading on the stock market should be aware of insider trading laws and how to avoid running afoul of them.

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