Undue Influence: California Ups Penalty For Stealing From Seniors

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 381, which amends the criminal code to provide that a person convicted of stealing property via elder abuse or other form of undue influence be liable for twice the value of the property (STATE NET, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE). ...

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Embezzlement: Limited Coverage for Employee Dishonesty

Sadly, it is not unusual for an employee to embezzle funds from an employer. For that reason most businessowners policies provide limited coverage for losses incurred as a result of the dishonesty of an employee. The limits available are negotiable. Most business owners believe their employees are honest...

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Insurance Fraud “Chutzpah” – No Mercy for Insurance Criminal

This case concerns the criminal conduct of the owner of an insurance business, formerly known as Associates Insurance Agency, Inc., owned and operated by the Defendant-Appellant, Tina Woods Butler , in Dyersburg, Tennessee. On February 13, 2012, the Dyer County Grand Jury returned a seventeen-count indictment...

Orlando Attorney Charged With Stealing Personal Injury Settlement Money

Orlando Attorney Raymond (Ramon) Ismael Melendez of the Melendez Law Firm, P.A.has been arrested for allegedly stealing insurance settlement proceeds totaling nearly $80,000 from three personal injury clients. The charges allege that between February 2011 and June 2012, Melendez withheld notification...

N.J. Court Upholds Criminal Indictment against Former Employee Who Took Confidential Documents

By Louis L. Chodoff and Amy L. Bashore Recently, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court upheld a criminal indictment against a former employee of the North Bergen Board of Education (the Board), which stemmed from the alleged theft of public records. The defendant had argued...

Smartphone Theft Prevention Act Clears First Committee Vote

Legislation that requires all smartphones and tablets sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technology that will render stolen devices useless has passed its first committee vote in the California Senate. Senate Bill 962, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]...

Smartphone Theft Legislation Passes California Senate

SB 962 Requires All New Smartphones Sold in California to Come Pre-Equipped With Theft-Deterring Technology The California Senate has passed legislation that requires all smartphones sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological solutions to render the device useless if...

Crime by Lawyer Does Not Pay: Lawyer Who Steals From Client Must Be Disbarred

When a lawyer does a criminal act he or she puts the license to practice law in jeopardy. The public believes that such a criminal act is sufficient to jail the lawyer and cause the lawyer to lose his or her license. The fact is that the Supreme Courts of the various states are loathe to totally disbar...

Enforcing the Law? Ohio Police Chief Used Department Credit Cards and Petty Cash To Stock Florida Condo

A former suburban Cleveland area top cop has been charged with defrauding his department out of at least $80,000 by making unauthorized purchases of clothing, tools and goods for his own personal use. A two-count criminal information was filed in federal court charging ex-Kirtland Hills police chief...