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Doctors and insurance fraud accusations

You thought you were going into the medical field to help people get better from their illnesses. While this is true, you've also had to wear a lot more hats. In addition to being a physician, a mental health counselor, an entrepreneur, accountant and business manager, you've also had to become familiar with health insurance law.

Without an in-depth knowledge of health insurance law, most New Jersey physicians would be out of business. Even worse, they could end up facing federal insurance fraud allegations.

Were you accused of embezzlement?

The term "white collar crime" describes a host of nonviolent criminal violations that usually employ deceit for the purpose of financial gain. Often committed in a business setting, white collar criminals get their name from the traditional manner of dress at an office.

Let's say you work as an accountant at a construction firm. Your boss asked you to transfer money from the corporate coffers into his personal checking account. In carrying out the request, you unknowingly helped your boss embezzle funds, a common white collar crime, and now you've been caught up in the criminal allegations.

The Breathalyzer -- it's not infallable

When an officer of the pulls you over in New Jersey, he will be attentive to everything that's happening around him. He will also be alert to your state of lucidity. Officers are always on the look for driver who may be inebriated or intoxicated. In your case, perhaps the officer saw the signs of inebriation during a routine traffic stop -- like red eyes, slurred speech, or alcoholic breath. He then ask you to step out of your vehicle and perform various exams to ascertain your state of inebriation.

One of the most important exams the officer performed on you was probably the Breathalyzer blood alcohol content test. You had to blow into it and the device measured how much alcohol was in your blood based on the content of alcohol it detected on your breath.

4 need-to-know answers about gambling in New Jersey

In the past, gambling was limited in the United States. However, in recent years, online gambling has been allowed to occur in most states. Today, New Jersey even has a few online casinos.

With the legalization of online gambling, you might think that a friendly, self-organized game of poker is legal, but it's not in most cases. Here are a few things you need to know.

Embezzlement can have serious consequences in New Jersey

Embezzlement is a common white collar crime. It involves the misuse or theft of money entrusted to you by others, such as investors, or that belonged to your employer. Many innocent people have been charged with embezzlement over the course of the last few decades.

Sometimes, another employee or even the company owner is attempting to make someone else look responsible for crimes he or she committed. Other times, what may look like embezzlement to an employer is actually only an accounting error or some kind of honest mistake that resulted in financial losses.

Theft or sale of personal financial information is a serious crime

Ever since credit cards began housing chips that give off their information, those who steal and resell credit card numbers have had an easier time obtaining card information. Unless you keep your credit card in a specialized wallet, it is possible for criminals with the right equipment to harvest your card information without ever swiping your card.

Of course, the person obtaining the card numbers is typically just one of many people involved in the theft and sale of private personal financial information. Someone else will probably sell that information to another party, who may try to use it.

Are you an accountant accused of a RICO crime?

You show up from nine to five and you get the job done. While minding your own business, you make sure your clients are happy, while saving them millions of dollars in taxes in the process. You're a tax accountant and you're also the last person you thought would get in trouble with the law.

Nevertheless, under your employment, you have gotten involved with some less-than-scrupulous clients, and now you've been charged with being co-conspirator in a RICO crime. To avoid a jail sentence, it's time to educate yourself on racketeering and the charges you're facing in federal court.

Charged with a computer crime? There's a defense for that

The day started like any other. You woke up, made your first cup of coffee, and turned on your laptop. You logged in and started working, just like you do every Monday thru Friday. It was about mid-day when things took a turn. There was a loud knock on the door and the next thing you knew, you were being handcuffed, read your Miranda Rights, and then escorted into the back of a police cruiser.

The New Jersey state police had just charged you with a computer crime. Law enforcement officers use a multitude of methods to try to catch people that commit crimes online. Very often, the agents arrest these people who, like you, have no idea why it is happening. In addition, the agents rarely have sufficient evidence.

Tax fraud: An offense that comes with severe consequences

Any person who deals with taxes - be it an accountant, business owner, manager or even a common worker - can find him- or herself facing tax fraud charges. Let's face it, tax laws are complicated. When it comes time to file your taxes, you're always left with the feeling that says, "Did I get all the exemptions I'm qualified for?"

When sitting in an office all day, staring at financial documents, receipts and tax information, the lines between what you can and cannot do when filing taxes are often blurry. This is why so many professionals in New Jersey and throughout the United States get charged with tax evasion, tax fraud and other tax-related crimes when they didn't know they had done anything wrong.

3 things businessmen should know about sexting

You've worked hard to build up your business over the past couple of decades and you don't want a stupid mistake to ruin it. Then you met someone whom you found attractive and started texting. One thing led to another, and texting turned to sexting. Now you are facing criminal charges for sexting and wonder what went wrong. Here are three important points you should know if you are facing charges for sexting.

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