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What the law says about fraud

New York residents and others who lost something of value because of another person's false or misleading statements could be considered victims of fraud. A fraud victim may bring a civil lawsuit against the person who engaged in deceptive activity, and a government prosecutor may bring criminal charges against a person who acted in a fraudulent manner. In a civil suit, a plaintiff only has to prove that it was more likely than not that an act occurred.

Most mail fraud prosecutions are made by U.S. attorneys

U.S, attorneys in New York and around the country prosecute a large number of mail fraud cases. Federal authorities usually find it easy to claim jurisdiction when mail fraud is alleged because those who commit the crime often use the U.S. Post Office or one of the many private sector interstate carriers. Individuals may face mail fraud charges if they send communications, contracts or receipts through the mail in furtherance of a scheme to gain money through deception or deal in counterfeit goods.

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.

Know the basics of healthcare fraud

When New York residents go to the doctor, they usually do not worry about their medical information. However, people sometimes steal important healthcare information. When this happens, it is called healthcare fraud. 

Mom and daughter accused of defrauding housing authority

It may be easy for people in New York to think of fraud as a type of offense that is well-defined and fits neatly into a proverbial box, yet in reality, alleged fraud schemes can be incredibly complex and involve elements that many people might not even be aware of. For all of the different types of fraud, however, at the heart of each case is an apparent degree of deception. Any example of a person using questionable means to secure money (either from an individual or an organization) might be viewed as meeting the definition of fraud. 

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. 

How do adjusters identify insurance fraud?

Insurance fraud is a big deal. Because this type of white-collar crime happens so often, insurance companies take very specific steps to identify fraud in all its forms to ensure the person responsible is caught and brought to justice. explains some of the ways insurance adjusters look for fraud. 

MTA investigation centers around overtime pay

Residents in New York know how essential the public transit system is to make things work in and around New York City. Keeping on top of maintenance, repair and modernization needs certainly is no small task. This task, in fact, is exactly why union officials and some others are asserting that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority saw a major spike in the amount of money paid out in overtime to employees in 2018.

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