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Couple lives lavishly with money embezzled from woman's employer

When people are entrusted with managing their employer's cash flow in Georgia, they are often given access to financial accounts where they are trusted to monitor incoming and outgoing expenses. Many companies go to great lengths to verify that the people they hire that have access to sensitive information, are trustworthy and have integrity. However, there are undoubtedly times when people misuse their position to get financial gain. 

An example of this is found in a recent story out of Jacksonville, Florida where a couple is accused of embezzling a jaw-dropping $4 million from the woman's employer, Swisher International. The well-known cigar company had hired the woman to manage taxes when she allegedly began stealing money. Investigations revealed that the couple was living a lavish lifestyle supported by lucrative sums of money they embezzled from Swisher by creating false invoices to another company where her employer did not have any interactions. The theft took place over nearly a year and was verified using bank records that tracked the stolen money to the couple's joint bank account. Purchases including expensive vehicles and a beachfront property were among the things the couple spent the money on. 

What qualifies as an online invasion of privacy?

The internet is largely driven by the exchange of information. Thus, if you spend a significant portion of time online (either for your own personal fulfillment or for business purposes), the chances of your receiving information and content from others both inside and outside of Atlanta may be high. Such information is often shared with the expectation that it will be kept private. The question then becomes what are the restraints on its use? 

Online invasion of privacy is recognized as being a serious form of cybercrime. Indeed, in Section 19-9-91 of Georgia's Code of Crimes and Offenses, it is recognized that internet crime can have a far deeper and more damaging impact than other forms of white collar criminal activity. Because of this potential, authorities may be more apt to apply invasion of privacy reasoning in justification for bringing criminal charges against you. Your best answer to such claims may be to cite the specific examples of such activity to see if your actions qualify. 

What constitutes mail fraud?

If you are facing charges of mail fraud in Georgia, it is important you understand the seriousness of the crime. A conviction can result in harsh penalties such as fines and/or jail time, so it is imperative you get legal help right away. Because mail fraud is so broad, there may be some confusion, so it is good to take a look at what constitutes this type of fraud. 

According to FindLaw, mail fraud occurs when someone uses the postal system to send or receive documents or other correspondence that relates to fraudulent activity such as selling counterfeit items or conning others out of money. This fraud becomes a federal offense when the mail crosses from one state to another, and certain circumstances may result in up to 30 years in prison and/or up to $1 million in fines.

Restoration of rights after a felony conviction

Once a person receives a felony conviction in the state of Georgia, that party loses certain civil rights. This loss can have a lasting effect even after the person repays the debt to society.

Thankfully, in some cases, there are options for parties to seek restoration of their rights after receiving a felony. To complete this process, there are a few important things to understand.

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The stigma of white collar offenses

When someone is charged with white collar offenses, they may have concerns about how these allegations will affect them financially, whether they have to pay stiff fines or end up losing their job as a result of the case. Or, they may worry about spending time behind bars. While these are serious problems for many people who are charged with a white collar offense, there are many other ways in which someone's life can be upended when they are charged with a white collar crime. For example, the stigma surrounding these charges could unravel their life in various ways.

People who are accused of white collar offenses may sustain serious damage with respect to their reputation. Other people in the workplace may see them differently, even if they are able to secure a new position after the case has been handled. Moreover, their friends, family members and others in the community may also look at them differently. Even if the accusations are false, someone who is suspected of committing a white collar offense may struggle with overcoming the harsh stigma associated with these charges.  For more blog entries, click here.

Was that drug search legal?

In Georgia, police are often cracking down on drug-related crimes despite the fact that many think the "war on drugs" has ended. Conaway & Strickler, PC, Attorneys at Law, are here to help defend your rights if you have ever been arrested because of a drug-related accusation.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the police can only search your person, vehicle, or house under certain circumstances. They can't enter the premise for no reason at all, and they can't force their way in if you deny entry as long as there isn't visible evidence of illegal activity within their direct line of sight. Therefore, if you have gone through the steps to deny them entrance but they enter anyway, any evidence they might find can be discarded in court.

Facing charges over the sale of marijuana

Recently, some states took a look at the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, while many other parts of the country already allow the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Moreover, many states allow marijuana use for medical reasons. However, people continue to face charges related to marijuana, whether they are accused of possessing or selling the drug. Some people are falsely accused of these offenses while others find themselves facing charges unexpectedly. Regardless of the details surrounding your marijuana case, it is pivotal to handle this issue appropriately and be fully aware of just how much may be at stake.

Some people are wrongly accused of selling marijuana even though they had no intentions of doing so or were framed. These charges can be extremely serious and may lead to time behind bars, an inability to find work in a certain field, and judgment from one's family and friends. Not to mention, people who are accused of selling marijuana or any other illegal drug may be extremely stressed out and worried about their future.

What is a Ponzi scheme?

If you are like many people in Georgia, you have heard stories about people being charged with criminal offenses and the term "Ponzi scheme" has been used but you may not fully understand what this means. It may be easier than some people think to be involved in a business deal that some allege is fraudulent so understanding these allegations is important for you if you are active in any type of investment business. 

As explained by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, a Ponzi scheme is a specific type of fraudulent activity. The name of this fraud type dates back nearly a century to the 1920s when a man named Charles Ponzi illegally made money taking money from investors for postage stamp investments but ended up paying initial investors with monies received from subsequent investors instead of from actual returns.

What is illegal search and seizure?

Citizens of Georgia may assume that every law enforcement agent is following the laws laid out by the state and federal government. However, this is not always the case. When it comes to arresting an individual and/or obtaining evidence, there are certain protocols that need to be followed, and when they are not it is considered illegal search and seizure.

According to FindLaw, the constitution protects the right to be free under the Fourth Amendment. While the police have the right to search a person or place or arrest someone when there is probable cause, they may not do so without it or for random reasons. Other reasons search and seizure is legal is when there is a valid search warrant or a valid arrest warrant. If one of these grounds is not presented, it may be considered an illegal search and seizure. 

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