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FAQs about Bitcoin and potential impact on white collar crime

Inventions have changed how we view things. Imaging devices like the x-ray and CT scan have changed how we view the practice of medicine. The Internet has changed how we communicate. Now, a new form of technology may lead to a shift in how we view money: the Bitcoin.

Florida state rep faces numerous wire fraud charges, pleads not guilty, P.2

Last time, we began looking at the case of Reggie Fullwood, who has been charged with mail and wire fraud offenses which could result in up to 20 years of prison. As we noted, Fullwood has pleaded not guilty to the charges, though it remains to be seen how he will defend himself.

Bill would impose stricter penalties for unemployment compensation fraud

Lawmakers in the Florida House of Representatives are reportedly working on passing a bill that would address weaknesses in the current law addressing unemployment compensation fraud. The bill, which has been unanimously passed by the House Economic Development and Tourism Subcommittee, imposes stricter penalties for violations.

Proving criminal intent in criminal cases, P.1

Last time, we mentioned a bill currently under consideration by Florida lawmakers which would lower the mens rea, or criminal intent, requirement in public corruption cases. Intent is an important issue in criminal cases, and prosecutors would, of course, naturally favor changes that would lower the bar in terms of proving criminal intent.

Could fantasy sports be next in line for a white collar crime crackdown?

As Super Bowl 50 draws near, we would like to remind you to take a look at our recent white paper: Are You Committing A Federal Crime By Playing Fantasy Sports? Despite the widespread popularity of fantasy sports, it is not entirely clear whether the activity is actually legal.

Fantasy sports: Harmless pastime or federal crime?

The fantasy sports industry has expanded rapidly over the past several years, with sites like DraftKings and FanDuel drawing in millions of users year round. For some it is a casual hobby, while for others it is a substantial source of income. However, as we discuss in our new white paper, it may also be illegal.

Federal law and health care fraud charges, P.2

We’ve been discussing the issue of fraud in our last several posts, particularly the issue of intent in health care fraud cases. We left off discussing the Anti-Kickback Statute, and noted that when prosecutors are not able to provide sufficient evidence to satisfy the intent requirement under the statute, they are not able to obtain a fraud conviction.

Skilled attorney can help reduce sentence for embezzlement, theft offenses

Tampa readers may have seen in the news that a Florida man who formerly worked at Florida State University as a Finance Professor has been charged by a federal grand jury with embezzlement. According to the indictment, the man stole over $650,000 from funds held by the university during his time as a professor there. The allegations are clearly serious, particularly given the fact that university professors are expected not only to be knowledgeable in their subjects, but to model the ethical standards of their area of profession.

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