U.S. Sentencing Commission Weighs Lesser Penalties White Collar Crimes

  U.S. Sentencing Commission considers softer sentences for white collar crimes In the coming year the Feds will consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year reduced guideline ranges for nonviolent drug crimes, unanimously approved its latest set of items on the books. The top priority will be working with Congress on reducing mandatory minimum penalties for many white-collar crimes. Another goal will be measuring the fairness of sentences for fraud and other economic crimes. The legal panel had been reviewing data for several years, but plans to hear more from judges, [...]

In Depth Look: Federal Wire Fraud Law

   Federal Law for Wire Fraud: Electronic Communications, Radio, or Television -- 18 USC § 1343     The wire and mail fraud statutes are essentially the same, except for the method associated with the offense – the mail in the case of mail fraud and wire communication in the case of wire fraud. As a consequence, the interpretation of one is ordinarily considered to apply to the other. The two terms have been used interchangeably in this article. The federal statute for wire fraud reads as follows: Devising or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for [...]

Use Of Forged Academic Records — Louisiana Law

  Use Of Forged Academic Records -- La. R.S.  14:72.1   A.  A "forged academic record" shall mean a transcript, diploma, grade report, or similar document which is presented as being a bona fide record of an institution of secondary or higher education, but which is, in fact, false, forged, altered, or counterfeit. B.  "Use of a forged academic record" shall mean the knowing and intentional offering, presentation, or other use of a forged academic record to a public or private institution of higher education in the state for the purpose of seeking admission to that institution, or one of [...]

Mortgage Fraud Overview

  LOUISIANA MORTGAGE FRAUD La.R.S.  14:71.3 It is unlawful for a person, in connection with residential mortgage lending activity, to knowingly do any of the following: (1)  Employ a device, scheme, or artifice with intent to defraud. (2)  Make an untrue statement of material fact with intent to defraud. (3)  Receive any portion of the purchase, sale, or loan proceeds, or any other consideration paid or generated in connection with the closing of a residential mortgage loan when the recipient knows that the proceeds or other funds were paid as a result of a violation of this Section.   PENALTIES [...]

What is Criminal Conspiracy? — Louisiana

Aggressive Criminal Defense Representation New Orleans   Elizabeth B. Carpenter -- Attorney at Law New Orleans   Louisiana Definition of Criminal Conspiracy   Criminal Conspiracy -- La RS 14:26   Criminal conspiracy is the agreement or combination of two or more persons for the specific purpose of committing any crime; provided that an agreement or combination to commit a crime shall not amount to a criminal conspiracy unless, in addition to such agreement or combination, one or more of such parties does an act in furtherance of the object of the agreement or combination. If the intended basic crime has been consummated, [...]

Cheating and Swindling — Louisiana

During the 2017 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers completely repealed this statute. Commencing August 1, 2017, the following crime no longer exists. This offense is now prosecuted under La R.S. 14:67. New Orleans White Collar Crime Defense Attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- White Collar Crime New Orleans Cheating and Swindling -- La RS 14:67.18 A.  It shall be unlawful for any person who by any trick or sleight of hand performance, or by fraud or fraudulent scheme, cards, dice, or device, for himself or another, wins or attempts to win money or property or a combination thereof, or reduces [...]

Fraudulent Portrayal of a Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter — Louisiana

New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- New Orleans Premiere Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Clients in Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, Assumption Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Plaquemines Parish and Jefferson Parish.   Fraudulent Portrayal of a Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter -- 14:112.2 Fraudulent portrayal of a law enforcement officer or firefighter is the impersonation of any law enforcement officer or firefighter for the purpose of obtaining access to a public building, facility, or service.  The fraudulent portrayal includes but is not limited [...]

False Impersonation of a Police Officer or Firefighter — Louisiana

New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- New Orleans Premiere Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Clients in Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, Assumption Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Plaquemines Parish and Jefferson Parish.   False Personation of a Police Officer or Firefighter-- La RS 14:112.1 False personation of a peace officer is the performance of any one or more of the following acts with the intent to injure or defraud or to obtain or secure any special privilege or advantage: (1)  Impersonating any peace officer [...]

False Impersonation Law — Louisiana

New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- New Orleans Premiere Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Clients in Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, Assumption Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Plaquemines Parish and Jefferson Parish.     False Impersonation -- 14:1112 False personation is the performance of any of the following acts with the intent to injure or defraud, or to obtain or secure any special privilege or advantage: (1)  Impersonating any public officer, or private individual having special authority by law to perform an act affecting [...]

Obstruction of Court Orders — Louisiana

New Orleans White Collar Crimes Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B Carpenter Law -- Attorney New Orleans   White Collar Crime Attorney New Orleans   Serving Clients in Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, Assumption Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Plaquemines Parish and Jefferson Parish.   Obstruction of Court Orders -- 14:133.1 Whoever, by threats or force, or wilfully prevents, obstructs, impedes, or interferes with, or wilfully attempts to prevent, obstruct, impede, or interfere with, the due exercise of rights or the performance of duties under any order, judgment, or [...]

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