While collar crimes are one of the classes of crimes for which a person could possibly end up facing federal prosecution.
As adults, we often catch ourselves lending advice to our children or the young people in our lives. Sometimes, this advice comes from a place of personal experience. Adages such as, "do as I say, not as I do" or "learn from my mistakes," are offered to young people in order to teach them how to live an honest life.
Sometimes a court issues a decision that makes innocent certain actions that once were thought to be criminal. This brings up a problem for those who were convicted and went to prison for something now recognized as crime-free. Usually, if the prosecutor in a case requests a reversal of the conviction, the prisoner will be freed. In North Carolina recently, there were at least two instances of federal judges balking at federal prosecutors' requests to free prisoners wrongly convicted of committing a federal crime.
Several people in North Carolina are facing fraud crime charges after an alleged counterfeiting ring was broken up. Authorities in Laurinburg, North Carolina, have arrested five people in connection with the alleged fraud after police were contacted by a retail store claiming it received a counterfeit bill.
A Charlotte, North Carolina, man could face federal charges now that the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a complaint indicating that the man operated a fraudulent commodity pool. The man's alleged actions included the acceptance of more than $3 million from 30 various participants all over the United States in exchange-traded commodity futures transactions. Supposedly, the man used the money to make personal purchases and falsely reported profits from trading.
The state of North Carolina has been rocked to its core after learning that a beloved and respected member of the community is facing federal charges for allegedly paying a hit man to kill three informants from a recent terrorism trial. The 46-year-old teacher at the center of the controversy is accused of playing a role in a plot to have three people beheaded. Her parents, colleagues and neighbors maintain one general consensus regarding the federal charges against the woman: "We don't believe it."
North Carolina residents should know that the federal government is getting tough on suspected tax crimes. Being prosecuted by the federal government is no laughing matter, and being convicted on federal charges of any variety can lead to heavy fines and long prison terms. A woman from Tacoma, Washington, has been sentenced to prison for tax evasion, along with other crimes, five years after her partner in the alleged scheme was sentenced. The 54-year-old man was charged in 2006 and later sentenced to an eight-year prison term. The 62-year-old woman was recently sentenced to seven years for her role in the alleged "abusive trust scheme" to hide people's incomes and assets from the Internal Revenue Service.
Individuals charged with federal drug crimes face harsh penalties, from expensive fines to years of imprisonment. Currently, a woman is facing multiple federal drug charges and years in prison after being accused of the possession and distribution of prescription drugs in North Carolina.
Facing criminal charges can be daunting. But when you are charged with a federal crime, things can become complicated and confusing quickly. Federal crimes can include drug charges, income tax fraud, and even mortgage fraud.