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White Collar Crimes Archives

California woman sentenced after admitting embezzlement

A 43-year-old California woman was sentenced to five years in a state prison on Feb. 4 for embezzling $474,000 from the owners of a Paso Robles company. Prosecutors say that she took advantage of the elderly owners of the company over a period of about three years after being hired as a bookkeeper. Media reports reveal that the woman is being held at the San Luis Obispo County Jail and may serve her sentence at the California Institution for Women.

Man with dine-and-dash conviction surrenders

A man who pleaded no contest to walking out on checks at restaurants in Pasadena, California, surrendered to police in January, 2019, to serve his 120-day jail sentence. The man, aged 45, allegedly used numerous first dates as an opportunity to not pay for meals at multiple restaurants. In addition to a jail sentence, the man was ordered to pay $240 in restitution to victims and to say 100 yards away from five restaurants.

Former California public worker facing embezzlement charges

Prosecutors in California have filed felony charges against a 29-year-old woman who allegedly embezzled about $38,000 from the San Miguel Community Services District. The woman reportedly took the money while working as a bookkeeper for the Community Services District between February and November 2015. Attorneys from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office filed the charges on Oct. 5.

Prosecutors claim Ponzi scheme bilked investors out of millions

Some California residents might have been lured by the promise of robust returns in a debt reselling scheme that bilked hundreds of people out of millions of dollars according to federal prosecutors. A 14-count indictment unsealed on Sept. 19 in Maryland alleges that three men maintained lavish lifestyles with money that they told investors would be used to purchase portfolios of delinquent mortgage, student loan and credit card debt. The men face decades behind bars if convicted according to media accounts.

Study suggests new measures to fight trade fraud

Trade fraud is a growing problem in California and throughout the United States, according to new study published in the Oregon Review of International Law. According to the authors of the study, the issue costs the U.S. millions in lost tax dollars every year and puts the public at risk. However, trade fraud crimes are difficult to detect and prosecute.

Californian convicted in $2.8 million embezzlement scheme

A 61-year-old San Mateo man was convicted of several felonies for his role in an embezzlement scheme, local prosecutors said on May 14. The man reportedly collaborated with the manager of an upscale condominium complex in San Mateo to embezzle $2.8 million.

California firm accused of fraud, lying to investors

A California firm is being pursued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly engaging in fraud. The SEC's complaint accuses the management of Hoplon Financial Group, a hybrid advisory firm, of lying to investors and committing fraud in matters connected to real estate and the sale of securities.

Attorney John Patrick Ryan mentioned in the news on "Drunken driver sentenced to 16 years for crash that killed brother-in-law"

Attorney John Patrick Ryan mentioned in the news on "Drunken driver sentenced to 16 years for crash that killed brother-in-law" [Read more at Bakersfield.com]

SEC launches investigation into Broadway Ponzi scheme

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed white collar crime charges in March 2017 against two men who were allegedly involved in an elaborate money laundering scheme involving tickets for Broadway shows and musical performances. The fraud allegations could have far-reaching effects and consequences on corporate crime charges in California and elsewhere around the country.

Ponzi scheme signs

California residents who are looking for ways to invest their money should always be wary of scams such as Ponzi schemes. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, there are many indications that an investment arrangement may be part of a Ponzi scheme.

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