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Defending Against a Felony White-Collar Crime Charge in New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

White-collar crimes are different from other crimes in that they are generally nonviolent. They are usually committed with the intention of benefiting financially. These crimes can be committed by professionals, organizations, or individuals. In New York, white-collar crimes are a common occurrence. Common types of white-collar crimes in New York include embezzlement, identity theft,… Read More »

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What Is the Difference Between Embezzlement and Money Laundering?

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Embezzlement and money laundering are both types of white-collar crimes. They are both financial crimes that involve moving huge amounts of money. However, embezzlement and money laundering are two different crimes. Prosecutors must prove a unique set of elements in order to secure a conviction for each offense. In other words, what a prosecutor… Read More »

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What To Do if You Are Being Wrongfully Accused of Workplace Fraud

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Workplace fraud occurs when an employee engages in dishonest activity, such as stealing company assets or deceiving their employer for financial or personal gain. While workplace fraud is common, some employees are wrongfully accused of workplace fraud. An employer may make a mistake or be misled by another worker. Accusations of workplace fraud, even… Read More »

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Debunking Some Common Myths About White-collar Crimes

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Almost everyone has heard of the term “white-collar crimes.” However, many people do not understand these types of offenses and what they mean. A white-collar crime is a type of crime that does not involve violence. Usually, white-collar crimes are characterized by concealment or deceit to obtain money or property, avoid losing property or… Read More »

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Top Defenses To White Collar Crimes

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

White collar crimes are crimes that do not involve violence. These crimes are committed for financial gain. White collar crimes are characterized by concealment, deceit, or violation of trust. Most people assume that only government officials and professionals can be charged with white-collar crimes. This is far from the truth. In reality, anyone can… Read More »

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Identity Theft Is Now Considered A Form Of Elder Abuse In New York

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

On December 6, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation (S.1560/A.1994) into law. The Governor signed this legislation to protect seniors from fraudulent use of personal information. Legislation S.1560/A.1994 allows law enforcement and the Office of the Aging to recognize identity theft as a form of elder abuse and take the necessary action to help… Read More »

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Federal Bank Fraud Crimes

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In simple words, bank fraud is a type of white-collar crime that involves using deception to obtain property, including money from a financial institution. Like other fraud crimes, federal bank fraud crimes involve the use of a “scheme or artifice” to defraud. The scope of the phrase “scheme or artifice” is quite broad, and… Read More »

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Intellectual Property Theft

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Intellectual property refers to people’s or companies’ ideas, inventions, and creative expressions and include, among many others, trademarks, patents, industrial designs, trade secrets, movies, software, and music. Therefore, intellectual property theft involves robbing individuals or companies of their inventions, ideas, and creative expressions. There are many variations of intellectual property theft since there are… Read More »

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Three Common Types Of Insurance Fraud

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Insurance fraud is among the most common types of fraud in New York. Often, insurance fraud is committed by people who knowingly and with the intention to defraud present false information to insurance companies in the underwriting and/or claim phase. One of the main reasons this type of fraud is prevalent is the misconception… Read More »

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Arrested for Identity Theft? Understand Some Basics About the Crime

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Identity theft is on the rise in the U.S. This type of crime happens when an unauthorized person illegally obtains another person’s personal identifying information and uses the information to commit a crime. Identity thieves mostly steal information to commit fraud. In many cases, identity theft involves the theft of an individual’s; full names…. Read More »

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