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The Harris County First Chance Intervention Program

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Mar 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Harris County First Chance Intervention Program is an innovative program that the District Attorney's office first introduced in 2014. Police still will arrest any individual who is caught with a small amount of marijuana, i.e., two ounces or less. However, those who qualify for the program c...

What Happens if I Violate My Probation?

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Mar 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Probation under Texas law is a type of community supervision under which you must follow certain rules and conditions for a specified period of time. If you violate the conditions of probation, you risk having your jail or prison sentence revoked, which means that you could end up serving a term ...

Lubbock Woman Pleads Guilty in Colorado Embezzlement Case

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Mar 07, 2016 | 0 Comments

Elizabeth Smith Carmichael, 48, of Lubbock, has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges after being accused of stealing more than $450,000 from a Colorado ranch where she worked as a bookkeeper and manager from 2009 to 2012, according to a news report. Carmichael worked for the Bear Mountain Ranch...

Two North Texas Men Indicted for $65M Health Care Fraud

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Mar 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two North Texas men — Richard Robert Cesario, 44, of Plano and John Paul Cooper, 47, of Southlake — are under felony indictment for allegations they engaged in a health care fraud conspiracy that cost military health system TRICARE more than $65 million in losses, according to the FBI. TRICARE is...

Two DFW Doctors and Four Others Charged with Medicare Fraud

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two Dallas-area physicians and four other healthcare workers have been indicted for allegedly participating in a $13.4 million Medicare fraud scheme involving home health services, according to the FBI. The two doctors — Dr. Angel Claudio, 60, of Hood County, Texas, and Dr. Kelly Robinett, 66, of...

Two Texans Convicted in Separate Health Care Fraud Cases

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

A San Angelo psychiatrist and a Denton nurse have been convicted of health care fraud in two separate cases. Dr. Robert Hadley Gross of San Angelo pleaded guilty to health care fraud and has been sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $1.8 million in restitution. ...

Directors of American Standard Energy Sued for Fraud

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two former directors of American Standard Energy Corp. (ASEN) are being sued in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas by the company for allegedly selling company property they didn't own and putting a $20 million sale of the company's assets in jeopardy. ASEN co-founder Ran...

Texas Tycoon Tax Fraud Trial Underway in Dallas

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The IRS has accused Texas tycoon Sam Wyly of a tax fraud scheme spanning many years that allegedly defrauded the government of taxes on more than $1.1 billion held in offshore trusts. Wyly is currently on trial in a federal bankruptcy court in Dallas. The IRS is seeking $2.2 billion in back taxes...

A Beef with the IRS Over Prosecution of Nick's Roast Beef

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The owners of Nick's Roast Beef, a highly popular deli located in the North Beverly suburb of Boston, are facing 17 federal criminal charges after the IRS indicted them for nonpayment of taxes. The two owners — Nicholas Koudanis and Nicholas Markos — are 65 and 70 years old respectively. Nick's h...

First Circuit Vacates SEC Sanctions Against Two Bank Execs

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has vacated a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order that imposed sanctions against two State Street Bank and Trust Co. executives, saying that the SEC had abused its discretion in assessing liability to the two bankers. In Flannery v. SEC, ...

Dallas Broker Sentenced in Securities Fraud Case

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Dallas, Texas, securities broker has been sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of securities fraud. Wade Lawrence, 43, worked as a broker in the Dallas office of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., from June ...

Former Texas Bank President Going to Prison for Wire Fraud

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Feb 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

A former D'Hanis, Texas, bank president has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay $817,892 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and embezzlement. Laurie Mayfield (aka “Laurie H. Scott”), 55, of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the former president of...

Former Trader Has Fraud Conviction Reversed

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Jan 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The former managing director of Jeffries & Co. who was convicted in March 2014 of defrauding the U.S. Troubled Asset Relief Program and making false statements to the U.S. government has had his conviction overturned. Jesse Litvak was convicted by a Connecticut federal court of defrauding investo...

Study Finds Criminal Courts More Lenient on Women

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Jan 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice — From Initial Appearance to Sentencing: Do Female Defendants Experience Disparate Treatment? — there are definite gender disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and women are generally the beneficiaries of that disp...

Texas Man Sentenced for Money Laundering, Wire Fraud

Posted by Dan Cogdell | Jan 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A 65-year-old Stephenville, Texas, man has been sentenced in a Kansas City federal court to three years and four months in federal prison without parole for his convictions on charges of money laundering and wire fraud. Lewis Dean McBride, a financial planner and insurance agent, was also ordered...

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