What Activities Do White Collar Criminal Laws Prohibit?

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Crimes involving financial fraud, commonly referred to as white collar crimes, occur in a surprisingly diverse range of contexts. Examples include mail fraud, investment fraud and tax evasion, when an individual willfully defrauds the federal government from taxes owed. There’s even a type of health care fraud, where a provider might over charge or bill for work that was never done. White collar crimes are typically governed by federal laws, with accompanying severe penalties. For example, the federal RICO Act is a law designed to bring down …

Can Your Social Media Profiles Be Used In Court?

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. When you sign up for social media profiles, you think of them as something over which you have ownership. You expect a certain degree of privacy, and you even get “privacy” settings to help control who can see what. Do you have a right to privacy in all cases, or can courts use this information? For example, perhaps you’re an executive helping run a multi-state corporation. You’ve been accused of defrauding your investors. They want to pull information from your social media accounts to see if you …

Federal Sentencing Reform: One Step Forward, One Step Back

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. How big and bloated is the prison system in the United States? Short answer: Essentially, there is no other national counterpart anywhere in the world to compare with it. In fact, myriad reports and studies routinely confirm that, in both per-capita and absolute terms, more individuals languish behind bars in American jails and prisons than in any other country on earth. Oh, and then there’s this: Reportedly, American taxpayers spend approximately $87 billion annually on the criminal justice system. There has been a staunch criminal sentencing reform movement underway …

Asset Forfeiture: Unobjectionable Or Seizure Without Due Process?

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Is it an above-board police tactic or essentially just a grab of citizens’ property that nets funds for short-on-cash law enforcement agencies in Missouri and other states across the country? If you haven’t personally heard of asset forfeiture, maybe a friend or acquaintance of yours has had a close encounter with this often employed and much misunderstood state and federal enforcement tool. Fundamentally, asset forfeiture is a government program that is expressly designed to take away the unjust spoils of crime from those who commit unlawful acts. Its …

Do Drug Charges Miss The Real Issue?

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Friday, May 5, 2017. You’re arrested for heroin possession and facing a long jail sentence. Throughout the entire process, the authorities act like this is just a simple choice you made, something you brought upon yourself. They treat it the same as the decision to steal a car or commit fraud on your taxes. That’s often how drug crimes are viewed in the United States, and it’s fueled by the so-called War on Drugs. However, some experts believe that this approach completely misses the mark. The problem, says one counselor with the ACLU Center for …

Cautionary Tale: The Dire Importance Of Strong Criminal Defense

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Violent Crimes on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. With undue and sad regularity, stories emerge in Missouri and nationally that underscore an unquestionable fallibility inherent in the criminal justice system and the attendant need of every criminal suspect to secure timely, knowledge and aggressive defense representation. Following is just such a story. Its gripping details and flatly tragic dimensions spotlight the sheer urgency for any individual in America accused of a violent crime or other offense to have a proven and empathetic advocate in his or her corner when the state or federal government alleges criminal …

Internet-Related Sex Crimes: Juveniles Can Be Unwary

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Sex Crimes on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. We are both succinct and upfront on a relevant page of our website referring to Missouri sex-focused offenses at the St. Louis criminal defense firm of Rosenblum Fry, noting that, “The stigma and criminal penalties associated with a sex crime conviction are significant.” And that can often seem to be true in a comparatively outsized way for juveniles and other young offenders, who sometimes appear to have been clearly in the dark regarding the downside consequences of their conduct in a specific instance. Moreover (and especially as regards unlawful …

Doctor’s Story Underscores White Collar Prosecution Concerns

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. We noted in a blog post from a few weeks back “the steady stream of media stories these days chronicling tales of alleged wrongdoing” by individuals in the singular area of white collar crime. And we additionally noted in our March 31 entry at the St. Louis criminal defense firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry that one of the areas that has garnered top-tier attention from law enforcers and prosecutors — both state and federal — is the health care realm. That really isn’t surprising, given the close involvement …

A Shot At Redemption: Focus On First-Time Nonviolent Offenders

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Thursday, April 13, 2017. A long-time Tiffany & Co. executive seemingly had it all. And then, as she notes in her own words, Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun “lost it all in one horrible day” three years ago. That was the fateful day she decided to steal more than $1 million in jewelry from Tiffany. Unsurprisingly, she was caught. And punished in a manner she says was irrational and prohibitively expensive to society. Lederhaas-Okun writes in a recent article for a national news publication that she accepted a plea deal of 10 months in …

Facebook’s Move: Will It Dampen Internet Criminal Surveillance?

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On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Sex Crimes on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Recent news accounts chronicle the potential for users’ privacy on the Internet to be materially eroded, if not outright eviscerated. Online privacy has emerged as a major public concern in recent years, as leaps-and-bounds surges in technology-fueled monitoring tools have put consumers front and center as exceedingly vulnerable targets of law enforcers’ surveillance efforts. The direct attempt by police agencies and other state/federal investigatory entities to directly peer in on Internet users as they interact with various platforms online — some critics openly use the word “spy” — …