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White Collar Crimes Archives

Mortgage fraud charges must be handled carefully

When a person is working to obtain a mortgage, they must ensure that they're being fully factual. The broker they're working with must also act in an ethical manner. It is possible to face criminal charges for fraud if misstatements are made intentionally on the mortgage application or any documents related to the home loan.

Woman facing charge for employee credit card use

A California woman has been accused of using her employee credit card to make unauthorized purchases for more than four years. The 32-year-old woman, who formerly worked for the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE), was handed one felony embezzlement charge. She is scheduled for an arraignment in Yolo Superior Court on Feb. 6.

Paul Manafort's former son-in-law sentenced on fraud charges

A judge in California sentenced a man to nine years in a federal prison on Nov. 8 for orchestrating a string of fraudulent schemes. The judge also ordered him to pay $6.7 million in restitution to his victims. The man, who was once married to the daughter of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, faced the judge after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

California woman charged with immigration fraud

A California woman has been indicted on five counts of wire fraud for allegedly promising to help immigrants become permanent residents or American citizens and then pocketing their money. U.S. attorneys say she did not file any paperwork on behalf of her clients with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was not licensed to practice law in any state and had no business license. The woman was released from custody after posting an undisclosed bond.

The latest sentence in the U.S. college admissions scandal

California residents have likely heard of the ongoing college admissions scandal that involves famous names like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Several wealthy individuals were charged with allegedly using fraudulent means to gain acceptance into prestigious universities for their children. One of the parents charged in the scandal was sentenced on Sept 24.

Actress sentenced to 14 days over SAT fraud

California readers might be interested to learn that actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison on Sept. 13 for participating in a college admissions bribing scheme intended to boost her daughter's SAT scores. She was also sentenced to 12 months of supervised release, assessed a $30,000 fine and ordered to serve 250 hours of community service. She must begin her prison sentence on Oct. 25.

California man pleads guilty to Bitcoin laundering

A 25-year-old man has admitted to using an unlicensed Bitcoin kiosk to launder money. Federal prosecutors say the Westwood resident exchanged approximately $25 million in U.S. currency and Bitcoin between May 2015 and October 2017. His list of clients is said to have included criminal organizations selling narcotics and other illegal items on what is known as the dark web. The man is expected to make his first court appearance in September in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Bank manager could face 30 years in jail

A 34-year-old man who worked at a Wells Fargo branch in California chose to plead guilty to a charge of felony bank fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18 and could face of up to 30 years in prison. Authorities say that the man laundered money that was obtained by deceiving the IRS. Specifically, he unfroze bank accounts that Wells Fargo had put on hold because of suspected fraud despite lacking the authority to do so.

Former California attorney pleads guilty to wire fraud

On June 7, it was reported that a former California attorney pleaded guilty to wire fraud after he falsely represented to his clients that the legal resolutions he obtained for them were favorable. The 36-year-old attorney faxes a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the wire fraud charge.

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