When many people in New York think about forgery, they might automatically think about one person illegally signing another person's name. That is one type of forgery indeed but it is not the only thing that can lead a person to be charged with forgery as a crime.
The United States is a capitalist society in which individuals and businesses alike eagerly pursue making money for themselves and their companies. This is the nature of the system yet there are some situations in which these efforts may lead people to be faced with allegations of criminal activity.
The word "bribe" is often applied so broadly in everyday conversation in New York that you might reasonably forget that it actually refers to criminal activity. The line between being incentivized and actually being bribed is often so razor thin that many come to us here at Sapone & Petrillo, LLP completely surprised to be facing bribery charges. Understanding exactly what constitutes a bribe can help you respond to being accused of such an offense.
People in New York may have a particularly unique view on cases involving alleged tax evasion or other offenses related to the payment or the non-payment of federal income taxes simply because of their location. With New York being the financial heart of the country, several high-profile cases end up taking place in this area. Many of these recent cases even involve people with ties to the current federal government administration.
If you have a small business, you may have chosen a logo, name or slogan that represents your brand. Using your mark on your brand is essential, as you want to draw customers to your business. However, it is important to use the right methods in choosing a trademark to avoid implementing another companies brand or slogan. Trademark infringement occurs when you use a trademark that another company has already registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. You may be charged with infringement if your mark even closely resembles another trademark or sounds like another business name.
The notion of "Club Fed" refers to federal prisons that are perceived to be more like resorts than penitentiaries, with those "detained" inside enjoying the same lavish amenities they did on the outside. The common school of thought is that anyone convicted of a white collar crime in New York would be sent to such a place. While there are different levels of security in the prison system (which can be reflected in what is available to inmates), the notion that all white collar criminal activity earns one an all-expenses paid trip to Club Fed is simply false.
Most New Yorkers could agree that filing taxes is hardly an exciting activity. Each year, as that season comes and goes, countless residents walk away having evaded tax returns in some way. Many of those who commit tax fraud are unaware that the act was committed in the first place. Regardless of intention, this type of white collar crime can come with heavy penalties, giving the process potential to linger on much longer than the tax season itself.
Most people in New York have likely heard some semblance of news coverage regarding the trial of the man who had been the President's campaign chairman during the last election. As reported by CBS News, this trial has concluded two days of jury deliberation with no verdict yet being returned. The jury will resume its deliberations after the weekend.
People in New York who may either run for public office themselves or who may choose to contribute to the political campaigns of others know that there are many laws governing the financing of political campaigns. As explained by the National Conference of State Legislatures, these laws cover three distinct areas, one of which is the public financing of campaigns. Other laws pertain specifically to the required disclosures associated with contributions that are made. The third type of law governs the caps on contributions.
Most in New York are likely familiar with the term "money laundering" and might even have a general understanding of that it means: taking supposedly "dirty" money and making it appear clean. "Dirty money" is typically that which is gained unlawfully, and indeed, it is illegal to try and attempt to conceal its origin by making it appear as though one secured it through legitimate means. Yet the exact details of what activity actually qualifies as money laundering might be unknown to most.