When you hear the words misdemeanor DUI, what comes to mind? Something that is not a big deal, or something that can change your life forever? Most Louisiana residents probably would choose the former. Little do they know, misdemeanor charges can have a significant impact on your life, so treating them like they are a big deal matters.
Insurance: it is there to help people when they need it. Unfortunately, so many people have tried to take advantage of the system that, now, insurance companies are constantly on the lookout for fraudulent or questionable claims. Anyone, whether they live in Louisiana or elsewhere, who is thought to be abusing the system may face an insurance fraud charge, which can carry stiff penalties if one is convicted.
Police in Louisiana recently took a man into custody who they say is responsible for stealing thousands of dollars by cloning credit cards and skimming. He is one of six people believed to be working together in a skimming scheme across the southern part of the state. He is now facing a felony fraud charge that can carry some pretty stiff penalties if he is convicted.
Identity theft comes in so many different forms these days. The schemes to take others' identities keep evolving, and some are actually quite complex. With the damage identity theft does to its victims, the state of Louisiana has taken a tough stance on this type of crime. Anyone facing an ID theft charge could face serious consequences if prosecuting attorneys are able to achieve a conviction.
With every type of criminal case, there are certain elements that must exist in order for a prosecuting attorney to prove a particular case and obtain a conviction. This week's column will go over the ins and out of embezzlement -- a very common in crime in Louisiana and elsewhere. It will also address the elements needed in order for one to be convicted.
A business owner has been arrested on suspicion of tax evasion. The Louisiana cash register salesman is charged with failure to pay over $100,000 in sales tax. The fraud charge can come with serious penalties for this person should a conviction result. While prosecutors get ready to present their case in court, the businessman is likely contemplating his options for criminal defense.
A 45-year-old woman is being accused of taking money, using a ministry that she founded. According to the sheriff's office, the woman allegedly committed 88 counts of fraud, giving her a bond of $250,000. She has been arrested on the fraud charge in Louisiana.
Four people have been arrested and charged with several different crimes in a series of purse snatchings that have occurred in one city. Along being charged with the act of grabbing the pocketbooks of several women, these people also face theft, unauthorized use of an access card, theft from an aged person, and an ID theft charge. The four suspects are accused of committing these crimes in Louisiana shopping centers and stores.
Police say that they have arrested a man for selling over 400 illegal drivers' licenses. The man allegedly sold the documents from two separate locations of a notary and title company in Louisiana. He was booked on 420 counts of filing false public records and another 420 counts of fraud by computer. He could face up to five years in prison for every single fraud charge and every filing of false public records charge.
A contractor is looking at her second charge of residential contractor fraud after being arrested after being placed on Crime Stoppers. She had allegedly been hiding from police but surrendered after discovering herself on the list. She turned herself in to Louisiana authorities on May 8 regarding the fraud charge.