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Understanding White Collar Crime

February 23, 2016
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“White collar crime” is traditionally recognized as a financially-motivated crime committed by people at large companies or those in power positions. While this is often the case, white collar crimes can be committed by anyone. These crimes range from misallocation of client funds to unlawfully usurping government benefits such as Social Security or Unemployment. White […]

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Summary of aggravated identity theft under federal law

December 8, 2011
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Federal law has two statutes that address the crime of identity theft. The first is 18 USC 1028. Congress passed this statute as part of the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrent Act in 1998. This was the first federal statute concerning the crime of identity theft, which is a modern offense. The offense of identity […]

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A summary of federal wire fraud

February 9, 2011

The federal statute on wire fraud is Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. Congress passed the wire fraud statute in 1952 as part of the Communications Act Amendment. The law against mail fraud was already on the books at that point, but Congress wanted to extend the mail fraud provisions to cover new technology. […]

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Overview of federal computer crimes

November 4, 2010
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The United States government prosecutes computer crimes through a catch-all provision in 18 USC 1030. This statute was most recently amended by the Patriot Act in 2001. Its purpose, as stated by Congress, is to protect America from cybercrime. The law punishes 7 types of computer crimes, with each having its own penalty: Breach of […]

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