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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In spite of his fame or infamy, depending on who you talk to, Eric Byrnes was able to keep a pretty low profile. He was driving through Meridian Township when he saw a car in his rearview mirror. The vehicle had no discernible markings. However, he suspected that it was an unmarked police car from any one of the three law enforcement agencies looking for him.
According to their 2016 Annual Report, the Internal Revenue Service is conducting fewer criminal investigations, citing a lack of resources necessary to pursue suspected illegal activity. From 2013 through 2016, criminal investigations by the IRS CI dropped 36 percent. Concurrently, the number of IRS Special Agents shrunk by 13 percent.
The WannaCry cyber attack that infected more than 300,000 computers caused worldwide disruptions in hospitals, banks and schools. The mass ransomware hacking also put a bright spotlight on the growing problem of cybercrimes. In the first quarter of 2017 alone, attacks similar to WannaCry increased by 250 percent.