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The aftermath of demonetization in India

One year ago, India made a bold and controversial move. In an attempt to thwart “black money”—which encompasses undeclared wealth, counterfeit banknotes and networks that finance terror activities—the government banned all 500 and 1,000 Rupee notes from use. The hope was that criminals—wanting to avoid exposure—would be afraid to exchange their cash in for smaller denominations and would instead be stuck with heaps of worthless paper.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go exactly as planned. Seemingly overnight, advanced money-laundering networks materialized, allowing corrupt officials, businessmen and criminals to deposit enormous quantities of undeclared money without anyone raising en eyebrow.

Michigan law: a look at kidnapping

In many states, “kidnapping” is defined as the taking of an individual from one place to another against their will, and confining them in that space. In the state of Michigan, the law further stipulates that in order to be considered kidnapping, the defendant must have the intent to do something unlawful to the victim, such as:

  • Using the victim for ransom/reward, as a shield or as a hostage
  • Engaging in any kind of prohibited sexual conduct with the victim
  • Moving the victim to another state
  • Keeping the victim in forced servitude

Trial begins for 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli's lawyer for aiding fraud

Martin Shkreli, aka "Pharma Bro," may be best known for his unapologetic price gouging for the HIV drug Daraprim. The legal system had no claim on him for that, but he was recently found guilty of securities fraud. He was convicted of running a Ponzi-like scheme in which he looted millions of dollars from one of his biopharmaceutical companies in order to distract investors he was defrauding through two hedge funds.

Accused along with Shkreli was his lawyer. The U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, claims that the attorney aided Shkreli in the fraud, using his legal skills to ensure things appeared legitimate.

Michigan woman accused of Medicaid fraud

The federal government's Medicaid program provides health insurance to millions of low-income and disabled Americans. Here in Michigan, the program is administered by the state.

A 40-year-old woman who lives about an hour east of Ann Arbor was recently arrested on Medicaid fraud charges, law enforcement officials said. She is also accused of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, and other charges.

Defining and discussing embezzlement

The phrase "white collar crimes" is an umbrella term that applies to a wide variety of crimes. Securities fraud, insurance fraud, bankruptcy fraud, RICO charges, and trade secret violations are all examples of white collar crimes. Today, we want to focus on one particular type of white collar crime, and it is a common one: embezzlement.

Embezzlement is when someone in a position of power or financial responsibility uses his or her position to steal assets or commit larceny that he or she is in charge of. One reason that embezzlement is alleged is when a bank teller steals money that they are in possession of at their job. It can also occur when higher ranking employees use or steal company assets.

Could marijuana soon be sold at Costco?

The approvals in Colorado and Washington regarding the recreational use of marijuana was only the tip of the proverbial iceberg regarding how legalized marijuana would eventually apply in California. With the most populated state in the U.S. decriminalizing recreational use, it is only a matter of time before other states follow.

Essentially, a greater number of people are open to the notion of legalized marijuana use; especially considering how its effects are different from other dangerous drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines; all of which are listed as Schedule 1 drugs under federal law. 

One person's continuing mission to make college campuses safer

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.

As a former higher education administrator and sexual assault survivor, Dr. Penny Smith has devoted her time and energies to improve not only reporting of the crime, but also prevention. In 2014, Smith created Keys to Coping, an online sexual assault reporting tool.

The use of cryptocurrency to hide assets

While divorce creates personal and financial uncertainty, one certainty is that some soon-to-be ex-spouses will refuse to play by the rules. Highly contentious divorces with significant assets sometimes lead to one spouse failing to disclose money and property and hiding what would otherwise be subject to asset distribution.

From concealing large stacks of cash to a complex web of financial transfers, the practice of hiding assets has become more sophisticated and harder to track.

The criteria CPS uses in investigating abuse and neglect claims

Allegations of child abuse or neglect are high-stakes legal matters that carry serious consequences for those accused. Because Child Protective Services (CPS) takes these cases seriously, those making accusations must have a reasonable suspicion of possible harm done to a minor.

Specific criteria exists for CPS staff members to assess and investigate allegations. They include the following:

The tangled web a Halloween costume titan weaved

Brian Blatherwick may not be a name that seems familiar, but those who love to dress up for Halloween has likely donned the costumes and accoutrements his company has manufactured.

Blatherwick launched Seasons from his living room with the help of his wife Barbara. The home-based enterprise is now a $50 million global company that employs more than 4,000 people. The company has licenses with Warner Bros., DC Comics and Nickelodeon to create character costumes for both children and adults.

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