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Ponzi scheme, a white collar crime

White collar crimes are serious offenses. In Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, most people know about white collar crimes or fraud offenses. Sometimes, those who are charged with fraud-related offenses are professionals involved in financial transactions. A single error in documentation can lead to an investigation involving federal officials. It is important to note that white collar crimes come in various forms and one of the most well-known is the Ponzi scheme.

Our committed lawyers handle federal health-care fraud cases

In Louisiana, as in other states, investigations into alleged cases of health-care fraud are fairly common. Whether it is fraudulent billing or overbilling that leads to Medicare fraud or something else, a federal charge means that an individual will face serious penalties if convicted. Although nonviolent, these crimes are considered serious because they take money away from legitimate claims and constitute theft from taxpayers. Health-care professionals may be especially prone to fraud charges if an investigation reveals that they billed patients for services that never occurred or were never properly documented. If not dealt with properly, these charges can have life-altering consequences.

Former not-for-profit agency director faces felony charges

Felonies constitute the most serious of criminal offenses. In Louisiana, as in most states, felonies include violent crimes such as assault, rape and murder, as well as nonviolent crimes that legislatures determine to be so serious as to warrant extreme punishment. This felony category includes financial crimes against the government and taxpayers. Anyone arrested on a felony charge is subject to severe penalties if convicted. Establishing a strong criminal defense is the only real way for the accused to defend himself or herself against the charges.

What are Louisiana's penalties for cultivating marijuana?

Marijuana is one of the most commonly sold drugs in Louisiana. Despite the efforts of law enforcement authorities to stop its use, illegal distribution of the product continues. The penalties for cultivation, distribution, possession and use of marijuana vary. Possession charges are less serious than distribution and cultivation charges, both of which bring harsher penalties in the event of conviction. Understanding the penalties imposed on those who cultivate or distribute marijuana can help individuals fight any charges against them.

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