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Money laundering challenges Louisiana as much as any state

Fraud and other white-collar crimes affect Louisiana's citizens as much as citizens in any other state. In many cases, the nature of the crimes means that the federal government will cooperate with local and state authorities to investigate. Money laundering is one of the most common types of fraud and is typically fueled by criminal activities such as drug enterprises, illegal gambling and prostitution.

How to deal with federal health-care fraud charges

Among federal crimes, health-care fraud is quite commonly prosecuted across the country, including in Louisiana. This type of fraud often involves health-care providers and professionals such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists and facilities operators as well as ordinary citizens. Those accused of health-care fraud typically face charges of defrauding the federal government's Medicare and Medicaid programs. Sometimes the only way for a defendant to clear his or her name is through a trial in which defenses can be presented to a judge or jury and prosecutors' cases and evidence can be challenged.

High school teaching duo faces felony sex charges in Kenner

Most Louisiana citizens know that criminal offenses are classified into two groups: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanor offenses carry relatively minor penalties and felony offenses bring harsher penalties for those who are convicted. Convicted felons are subject to even harsher penalties if they are later convicted of other felony crimes. Under state law, crimes involving sexual assault and minors are considered to be especially serious.

What are the penalties for federal drug offenses?

Drug offenses can be prosecuted at either the state or federal level. Louisiana readers may know that the level of drug charges depend on the type of drugs seized and the quantity. If the officers believe that you intend to distribute drugs, you may face more serious offenses, including drug trafficking. If you violated the federal Controlled Substances Act, you have to prepare a solid defense since consequences for such offenses can bring harsh penalties.

An introduction to identity theft

White collar crimes or illegal activities involving an exchange of money have taken many forms. One of the most common types of white collar crime is identity theft. It is important for Southwest Louisiana readers to learn more about this type of offense.

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