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What is identity theft?

It takes years to build up a name-hard work and commitment are required to ensure one's name remains in good standing. When that name is stolen and all that hard work wasted, it can severely impact the rest of the Atlanta citizen's life. One instance when someone's personal data is stolen in order to use it for fraud or deception leading to economic gain is known as identity theft. Personal data includes social security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account information.

The federal offense of identity theft was created in 1998 and is treated very seriously. Even though there is rarely any direct physical harm in this form of crime, it can cause emotional and financial problems for the victims and therefore carries severe penalties.

Arts Center suspects former employee of embezzlement

Atlanta residents suspected of criminal activity should take the allegations seriously and work towards clearing their name as soon as possible before they feel the effects in the rest of their life. Often, the accusations are the result of misunderstandings and can be cleared up easily.

After conducting an internal investigation into some missing money, the Woodruff Arts Center suspects that a former employee is responsible for embezzling more than $1 million from Atlanta's largest cultural organization. Even though they have announced in recent reports that they suspect embezzlement, the name of the person they suspect has not been released.

How does healthcare fraud take place?

Fraud in the healthcare industry costs the country billions of dollars a year. It is taken very seriously by the authorities and carries harsh penalties to deter others from going down the same path. As the prevalence of a crime rises, the investigations into it also increase and the penalties become harsher to deter others from committing the same crime. Healthcare fraud is one of those crimes, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is tasked with investigating alleged schemes, whether the insurance program is federal or private.

Indictment issued against two for healthcare fraud

For people running and owning businesses, accusations of fraud can mean the end of a reputation it has taken years to build and maintain. When accusations lead to an indictment and arrest, the damage may be irreparable. In order to protect one's image in the community, it is important to fight accusations as soon as possible. When an indictment has been issued it is even more imperative to prepare an aggressive defense quickly as the trial goes faster in these cases.

Two people in Georgia were charged with allegedly filing fraudulent claims with Medicare and the Georgia Medicaid program. The two operated and owned two separate medical centers in Georgia.

Healthcare fraud charges for two in Georgia

According to the Georgia Attorney General's Office, two people have been charged with stealing more than $977,000 from Georgia Medicaid between July 2013 and end August 2014. Criminal charges are serious in nature and should be treated as such, but health care fraud allegations have the potential to shut down the accused's place of business in addition to affecting their professional reputation. Sometimes accusations are the result of misunderstanding a business model or sometimes the case can be something else. Whatever the situation, when charges are pressed, consulting an experienced attorney can help prevent the case from going any further.

One of the accused owned and operated an athletics company and the other owned and operated a health services company with branches in various locations in Georgia. Allegedly, both these companies were enrolled in Medicaid and were supposedly providing services and charging them to the Georgia Medicaid program.

Fight criminal tax violation charges with experienced counsel

Tax evasion, the crime of using unlawful methods to avoid reporting income, is one that can have serious consequences. Not only is failing to file a tax return a crime, but so is filing a fraudulent one. Tax evasion includes, but is not limited to, money laundering, submitting false documents, aiding or abetting tax violations and making false statements to investigators. Whether it is a small business owner neglecting to report a day's income or a millionaire using an offshore account, tax evasion is taken seriously by prosecutors and should be taken just as seriously by Atlanta residents facing charges of criminal tax violations.

Last week's post on the Atlanta Federal Criminal Defense Blog outlined employer and employee responsibilities when it comes to taxes. Neglecting to fulfill these responsibilities can lead to criminal charges. These charges can affect not only your reputation as an employee or employer, but also your state of mind as you try to understand the charges levied against you and how to counter them.

What are GA employer and employee IRS tax responsibilities?

For employers and employees in Georgia, it is important to understand the laws when it comes to tax enforcement and the consequences for failing to adhere to them. The employer and employee share in the responsibility of taking out and paying taxes to the IRS. In most circumstances, the employer will withhold taxes, so the employee does not have to worry about it, but this is not always the case. The employee needs to be aware of this and make the adequate payments to avoid criminal tax violations and the consequences.

Employers are required to file a report about taxes and income that were withheld. They must be placed into a financial institution that is authorized according to the governmental requirements. This must be done annually. If there is a violation of this law, there is the potential for tax enforcement to pursue the employer. As for employees, there is a responsibility to pay taxes or have them automatically taken out of their paychecks.

What is Georgia mortgage fraud?

Prior to the Great Recession, many Georgians were able to become homeowners. Yet, once the housing bubble burst, things rapidly began to change. By 2009, foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies were on the rise. This often led to instances of industry-wide mortgage fraud. Although the housing market is starting to turn around, readers in Georgia may still wonder, "What is mortgage fraud?"

Criminal investigation leads to arrest of married couple

When people are arrested and charged with robbery and identity theft in Atlanta and surrounding areas, there are many issues they will have to consider as the case moves forward. Since identity theft has become so prevalent with the number of people using credit and purchasing items online, identity theft laws are in place to try and stop these activities and punish those who are convicted. Given the serious penalties that are possible for those convicted, it's imperative to know how to move forward when lodging a defense.

A husband and wife, ages 25 and 26, were arrested on numerous charges including burglary, breaking into a vehicle, identity fraud, credit card theft and fraudulent financial transactions. The couple is alleged to have broken into a vehicle to steal a purse. They are accused of using the debit card they found in the purse. They are also accused in other burglaries as well as stealing a Florida woman's identity and getting a credit card in her name. There might be other crimes pending as the investigation continues.

Prosecution of tax violations up in 2013 fiscal year

Tax violations, such as tax fraud, tax evasion and filing false tax returns are taken seriously in Georgia and across the United States. In fact the Internal Revenue Service has reported that in the 2013 fiscal year, enforcement activities significantly rose leading to convictions against alleged perpetrators.

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