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New York state judge charged in MCU fraud case

Federal prosecutors have charged a New York state judge with conspiracy and obstruction of justice in connection with an investigation into fraud at the state's oldest credit union. The woman is accused of attempting to destroy evidence by deleting text messages and erasing the memory of a mobile phone. Her bond has been set at $500,000 according to media reports. She faces up to 20 years in a federal prison if convicted of all the charges against her.

Man pleads guilty in Ponzi scheme

Federal prosecutors have announced that a 39-year-old man has admitted to running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors in 12 states out of more than $70 million. The man entered guilty pleas to felony counts of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering on Oct. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. He is scheduled to return to court in March 2020 to be sentenced.

Are chain letters illegal?

Is it illegal to send a chain letter in New York? In many cases, though not all, the answer is yes. To a certain extent, it depends on what you want the recipients of the chain letter to do upon receipt. If you ask the recipients to send items of minimal value, such as recipes or postcards, that is not a violation of the law, and you can send the letter without fear of legal repercussions.

Tax evasion charges result in guilty plea

People who live in the state of New York and find themselves accused of criminal activity know that must make some important decisions. These decisions involve whether to hire a private attorney or to allow themselves to be represented by an attorney who works as a public defender. Another important decision that any defendant facing criminal charges must make at some point is how they may respond to criminal allegations.

What is a ghost employee?

Embezzlement may seem to you to be such a deliberate action that you may think that no one can engage in it without knowing exactly what is it that they are doing. Thus, you may feel secure in the notion that you will never face such accusations. What happens, then, when you are blindsided with accusations that you have been conspiring with ghosts? 

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