Mortgage fraud is often a complicated crime that can involve both mortgage lenders and borrowers. It's estimated, for example, that about 10 percent of the nation's mortgage applications contain either mistaken or intentional omissions.
The mail fraud statute, sometimes called the federal prosecutor's best friend, covers a broad range of fraudulent schemes committed using the mail systems. Learn how the law defines and penalizes acts of mail fraud—a felony under federal law.
Contrary to the common idiom, crime often pays. It can pay so much, in fact, that people with illegally acquired funds often develop complicated plans to make it appear as if the money originated from a legal source—referred to as washing or laundering money.
When people or organizations have more debts than they can manage, they sometimes file for bankruptcy in a federal bankruptcy court. When you file for bankruptcy, your creditors can no longer on their own try to sue you or collect your property to satisfy unpaid debts.
One of the primary goals of the U.S. immigration laws is to reunite families, including married couples. However, the apparent ease of obtaining a green card (U.S. lawful permanent residence) based on marriage has led to abuse. Couples regularly enter into sham marriages, for money or other benefits, in order to obtain a U.S. green card for the immigrant.
In order to make it easier to prosecute organized crime, in 1970 Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (RICO). Under RICO, it is a federal crime to participate in or make money from racketeering (organized, illegal activity).
For fraudulent acts relating to SBA and SBA-backed loan applications, prosecutors can seek criminal penalties for false statements to a federal agency, false statements in a loan application, bank fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud, among other federal crimes.
Using fraudulent or illegal means to avoid paying taxes is generally referred to as tax fraud or tax evasion. Learn how federal tax law defines these crimes, and what sentences are possible for tax crimes.
State sales tax crimes can occur with a business either fails to pay state sales tax or someone collects states sales taxes from customers without subsequently paying the tax to the state. In most areas both state as well as local taxes...
Learn how states define and penalize identity theft crimes and gain insight into other common questions, such as: Will someone go to jail for an identity theft conviction? When is identity theft a felony?
Strict eligibility requirements apply to public welfare programs. To determine eligibility or continued eligibility for assistance, a local social services agency might schedule a home visit. What happens during a home visit? What rights does the applicant have?
The unemployment insurance benefits program, commonly referred to as UI, is designed to provide people with an income when they are unable to find work, have been laid off, or are out of work because of factors out of their control. Each state has its own unemployment insurance benefits program that