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Is catfishing a crime?

In recent years, the term catfishing has been a subject of much concern when it comes to online interactions. This refers to a person impersonating another by using their pictures, which are usually obtained from social media profiles. The reasons behind catfishing can range from romantic pursuits to an intent to obtain money or other goods from a person using nefarious means. The legality of catfishing is up for debate and usually depends on the reasons behind the endeavor. 

Distinguishing multi-level marketing from pyramid schemes

No one ever wants to be accused of fraud, and like most in New York, you likely do not believe that you ever will be. Yet there are potential pitfalls in almost any line of work where disputes can often lead to such allegations. Many have come to us here at Sapone & Petrillo LLP having been accused of a specific kind of fraud: a pyramid scheme. These are often closely associated with multi-level marketing. If you happen to work in a field that incorporates the latter, you should know what distinguishes them. 

Defining "entrapment"

Defenses to accusations or embezzlement may seem few and far between; indeed, many come to us here at Sapone & Petrillo, LLP having been accused of this crime convinced that their guilt is assumed. Yet even in cases where a prosecutor claims to have evidence of you using your company's funds to finance your own separate endeavors does not necessarily mean that you have embezzled that money. Rather, in cases where government entities were involved in a case, the possibility of entrapment is ever present. 

Understand these common white-collar crimes

White-collar crimes, named for the collar color of people in business in the early- to mid- 20th century, refer to financial crimes typically in the corporate sector. There are many kinds of white-collar crimes, but nearly all are motivated by the potential for financial gain.

What is a pump and dump scheme?

When you work in the financial markets, you quickly become familiar with just how volatile they can be. Communicating that to investors in New York can be a challenge, as they are often not acquainted with the subtle nuances that can lead to market fluctuations. Often all they understand is that you have invested their money for them based on what they may view as "a promise" of strong returns, when in actuality, while informing them of the potential benefits, you did indeed explain to them the risks. 

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