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White collar crime and tax evasion

For most Ohioans, tax season has come and gone without a hiccup. Sure, some individuals may have had to pay more into taxes than expected, or their return may have been less than they wished, but other than that they will not have any further communication with the IRS until next year's tax time. Others, though, will find themselves being audited for any number of reasons. When this happens, these individuals may find themselves being accused of a serious crime, like tax evasion.

Tax evasion occurs when an individual intentionally underpays the taxes that he or she owes. Tax fraud and tax evasion can take many forms. Perhaps the most common way individuals try to dodge taxes is by underreporting their income. Those who operate in cash-heavy industries may feel like there isn't a paper trail to link them to the money, so they don't have to report it. This is tax evasion. It is also illegal to lie about one's expenses in order to receive a break on one's taxes.

Business owner arrested for alleged drug smuggling

Anyone who has listened to the news lately knows that the country is in the midst of an opiate crisis. Overdoses caused by these drugs, which include heroin, have skyrocketed, prompting law enforcement to crackdown on those whom they believe are committing drug crimes. This aggression, though, can result in the trampling of legal protections, leading to false accusations and wrongful convictions. This is why it is critical that Ohioans who are facing drug charges think carefully about how best to defend themselves.

Some local residents may need to do this now after being taken into custody for allegedly trafficking fentanyl. According to reports, the founder of a translation services business in Cincinnati arrested after authorities allegedly discovered that she was illegally selling fentanyl through the dark web. The authorities indicate that an undercover officer bought 100 milligrams of the drug.

3 types of stories to deny or admit guilt relating to drug crimes

If you have had charges leveled against you relating to drug crimes, you likely want to defend against those allegations. While you may believe that your criminal defense should solely rely on your denying all charges, an effective defense can encompass various strategies. Therefore, you may wish to consider how you want to approach your case, starting with your story.

Your story essentially involves your account of the situation that led to authorities filing criminal drug charges against you. Three types of stories commonly come up when an individual discusses this type of predicament: a confession story, a complete denial story and an admit and explain story. The story you choose to tell will depend heavily on your circumstances.

Mere possession of chemicals may lead to drug charges

Methamphetamine continues to be a problem across the Midwest. In addition to affecting one's health, methamphetamine can create a whole host of legal troubles. Ohioans who are accused of possessing and using methamphetamine can face jail time, fines, and/or drug diversion programs, as well as damage to their reputations. Those who are accused of more severe drug crimes, like trafficking, can face the potential of decades behind bars and a criminal record that can shatter whatever glimmer of a bright future they may have had.

Yet, the laws surrounding methamphetamine don't stop there. Ohio also makes it crime for individuals to knowingly possess chemicals that can be used to create an illegal drug like methamphetamine. In order to be convicted, prosecutors must show that the defendant knowingly possessed the chemicals in question with the intent to manufacture an illegal substance. Ohio law clarifies that an individual need not possess all chemicals necessary to manufacture a drug, merely that he or she possess one or more chemicals with the requisite intent.

The elements of money laundering in Ohio

We see it in the movies all the time. Individuals obtain money illegally, often through drug transactions, then they must find a way to "clean" it so that the authorities cannot trace that money back to illegal operations. This is often done by setting up a front business that is legitimate, then falsifying records to make it appear that the illegally obtained funds were obtained through legal means. Under Ohio law, such actions are illegal. However, those who have been accused of these crimes may want to look at the actual law to obtain a better understanding of what prosecutors must show before they can obtain a conviction.

Ohio law dictates that no one can conduct or try to conduct any kind of transaction when that individual knows that the property involved in that transaction was obtained through an illegal means. Furthermore, the law states that this is a crime when the purpose of the transaction is to commit or further a corrupt activity, or to conceal the source of illegally obtained property.

Those accused of drug offenses need strong criminal defense

Last week on the blog we discussed one of the lesser known drug offenses: permitting drug use. While it may be lesser known, it can carry significant penalties that can drastically affect an individual's life. Therefore, those Cincinnati residents who are facing allegations of committing this crime or any other drug offense need to consider their criminal defense options and act on them with confidence.

The legal team at Arenstein & Gallagher has years of experience handling drug cases, so we know how prosecutors will try to prove their cases. Armed with this knowledge, together with a command of the law and the rules of evidence, we start assessing every case we handle for prosecutorial weaknesses. Whether it is a chain of custody issue, an illegal search and seizure, or a witness who lacks credibility, we have experience working for our clients to ensure every step possible is taken to protect their legal rights.

Drug charge for permitting drug use in Ohio

When people think of drug crimes they often think of drug trafficking, drug dealing, and drug possession. Yet the long reach of the law doesn't stop there. Possessing drug paraphernalia, for example, can also lead to a criminal conviction and the imposition of strict penalties. Therefore, Ohioans need to know how best to protect themselves from such allegations of criminal wrongdoing. The first step is to know the law as it relates to drug charges.

This week we are going to briefly look at criminal offenses that involve permitting drug use. Under Ohio law, for example, it is illegal for the owner or operator of a vehicle, whether a car, truck, boat, train, or aircraft, to allow that vehicle to be used in any type of felony drug offense. The same is true for those who own or lease property. These individuals can be convicted of felony and sentenced to a prison term even if they never saw or used drugs themselves.

Five Ohioans face identity theft charges

As our lives become more digitized, our personal information has become more valuable, requiring extensive protection. While it is nearly impossible to fully protect one's personal identification information, when his or her personal information is allegedly stolen and funds are accessed as a result, he or she, along with the prosecutor, may consider aggressively pursuing criminal charges. Those individuals who are at the receiving end of these charges can come face-to-face with the potential for serious penalties that can redefine their lives.

Five Ohioans may be in jeopardy of having their lives turned upside-down after being accused of participating in a large identity theft ring. According to reports, the alleged scheme, which ran from early 2014 to early 2016, involved stealing individuals' birthdates and social security numbers with the intent to fraudulently open up lines of credit in those individuals' names. Police allege that the accused individuals obtained and carefully studied credit reports so that they could answer any questions about their financial history when they opened up lines of credit. Reports indicated that the ring allegedly opened up 80 lines of credit, resulting in the theft of approximately $150,000.

Accusations of white collar crime may leave you seeing red

Many individuals have financially driven goals. This motivation can often result in parties achieving business success or other monetary gains throughout their lives by working hard and understanding when to make lucrative decisions. However, as someone with this type of drive, you may have found yourself accused of making financial decisions that some people find questionable, and as a result, you may find yourself facing charges for a white-collar crime.

White-collar crimes involve violations and offenses that individuals allegedly commit in hopes of obtaining financial gain. A variety of activities could fall into this category, and many of types of fraud typically first come to mind when considering white-collar crimes.

Former Cincinnati doctor accused of drug crime

When people think of drug dealing, they often conjure images of drug transactions occurring out in the street, in cars, and in shabby homes, but the truth of the matter is that anyone can be accused of committing a drug crime. This has become especially true as prescription pain pill abuse and the opioid epidemic have ballooned. The police and prosecutors have deepened their investigations, meaning that no one who appears to be affiliated with the drug trade is safe from facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing and subsequent drug charges.

To see an example of this, one need look no further than the recent arrest of Dr. Barbra Temeck, who used to head up the Cincinnati VA Center. A federal indictment was handed down on May 3rd, hitting her with allegations that she illegally distributed hydrocodone and valium. The indictment didn't clarify to whom the doctor allegedly distributed the medication, but the Department of Veterans Affairs stated that it had made previous reports about Dr. Temeck for her alleged inappropriate prescribing of medication to the family member of the former director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network.

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