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What is illegal insider trading?

The duplicitousness of insider trading effects more than just shareholders, as the effects are often felt throughout the community. By using information not readily available to the public to make financial transactions, insiders effectively are abusing the system and committing white collar crimes for their own benefit.

Many people mistakenly believe that all insider trading is illegal, but that is not the case. Generally, it is legal for corporate insiders, including managers and employees, to purchase or sell their own company's stock based on information available to the public. However, these insiders are not legally allowed to buy or sell securities when they possess material, non-public company information. Taking advantage of one's access to this confidential information by using or disclosing this private information for the purposes of financial gain is a breach of fiduciary duty owed to the company.

Wire fraud may result in serious penalties in Ohio

There are many forms of fraud, but one of the most common forms is wire fraud. Wire fraud generally involves a defrauding scheme over the phone, internet, or other form of electronic communications.

According to Ohio Rev. Code 2913.05, wire fraud is a white collar crime involves defrauding another party out of money or property via interstate wire telecommunications. Generally, a prosecutor will have to prove that the defendant had the intent to defraud and that it was reasonably foreseeable that the defendant would use wire communications.

18 people face charges in Ohio heroin distribution ring

In many criminal cases, money laundering and the distribution of illegal substances go hand in hand. Criminals will often operate a small business, such as a laundromat, salon, or diner, and use that business to launder money made from behind-the-scenes drug deals. Using a legal business operation to cover up the fact that the money was earned through illegal drug sales is a crime classified as money laundering and embezzlement.

A federal grand jury recently indicted 18 individuals for their involvement in a money laundering and drug trafficking operation in Ohio. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, those indicted allegedly conspired to distribute large amounts of heroin imported from Mexico into central Ohio, run an illegitimate immigration identification business, and launder the money earned from the drug sales. They also reportedly planned to smuggle workers into the United States to distribute the drugs throughout Ohio.

5 reasons to think before taking a plea deal for a felony

If you are facing felony charges, such as those for white collar crimes or drug trafficking, you may not understand that a great deal depends on the decisions the prosecutor makes about how your case will proceed. The prosecutor will examine police reports and evidence investigators collect before deciding what charges to file against you.

It is possible that you may face more than one charge and even multiple counts. The prosecutor may charge you with a combination of felonies and misdemeanors to provide room for bargaining. It is common for those who stand accused to receive a plea deal before going to trial. If the prosecutor in your case approaches you with a deal, you would be wise to seek legal counsel before making a move.

Defining probable cause in drug cases

When an Ohio officer conducts a search for evidence related to a drug crime, there may be an issue as to whether the search was lawful. Generally, in order for a search to be lawful, the officer must have probable cause to conduct the search.

In many cases, an officer obtains a warrant before searching or seizing property. For an officer to obtain a warrant, he or she will have to sign an affidavit, basically, explaining that they have adequate reason to conduct the search. The judge will then look at the totality of the circumstances and if there is adequate cause, the judge will issue the warrant. The warrant must be specific as to where the search will be taking place and as to the specific items that will be taken.

Our attorneys can effectively protect your rights in court

Law enforcement officials in Cincinnati have charged many people with various drug-related crimes, from drug possession to drug distribution. No matter what type of drug crime charges, the attorneys at Arenstein & Gallagher can help defend against these charges and do our best to ensure the best possible outcome.

During our initial consultation, our goal is to get an accurate, full-picture of the circumstances surrounding the arrest. If we proceed as the accused's attorneys, it will be our goal to collect as much evidence as possible to come up with a strong defense strategy. We will contact any and all possible witnesses, gather police reports and other documentation and collect any other possible evidence that could help our case. Acting quickly is crucial as gathering evidence may become more challenging the longer we wait.

Man charged for using a stolen identity to practice nursing

Stealing someone's personal information or identity for personal gain is against the law in the state of Ohio. Certain professions, such as nursing, meet criteria to lawfully practice. For example, nurses generally need to have a license to practice, as well as a degree from an accredited nursing school.

An Ohio man was recently charged with stealing the identity of a licensed practical nurse and unlawfully practicing as a nurse for almost four years. The 27-year-old man apparently used fraudulent documents to work for two home health agencies and has been working as a nurse and treating patients, including children, without a legitimate license since 2015.

Doctor faces criminal charges for wrongful prescriptions

Doctors have a legal duty to adhere to the appropriate standard of care when it comes to treating and prescribing medication for patients. When a doctor prescribes unnecessary medication, they may face criminal charges for their drug crimes and severe penalties. One Ohio doctor has been indicted on 200 counts of felony drug charges after allegedly prescribing painkillers to patients without medical reason to do so.

The doctor allegedly started unlawfully distributing these medications in 2007, and distributed the drugs to seven patients on approximately 200 occasions between 2015 and 2018. According to prosecutors, the physician prescribed thousands of unnecessary doses of oxycodone, fentanyl and other painkillers to patients outside of his professional practice. The doctor is accused of failing to properly examine patients, failing to consider other treatment options and prescribing pain medications without considering patient symptoms, addictions and pain level.

A closer look at embezzlement charges and what they mean

Facing criminal charges of any kind is a serious threat to your future. If convicted, you could end up behind bars, paying expensive fines and dealing with the fallout that comes with damage to your personal reputation. Long-term, a conviction can impact things that include a college education, career opportunities and even child custody. 

There are many reasons why a person should take any type of criminal charge seriously, including an embezzlement charge. Embezzlement is a type of white-collar crime, and while it may not seem like a big deal, it is. You would be wise to approach your case carefully and thoughtfully, preparing a strong defense and fighting the allegations against you.

Defending against identity theft charges

The use of online banking, e-mail, social media, and the internet in general has made identity theft a highly prosecuted crime over the past couple of decades. The crime of identity theft requires that someone steals another person's identity by using their personal information (e.g. Social Security number, birthdate, name) for fraudulent purposes or financial gain. If convicted of identity theft, you could face serious consequences, particularly if the victim is an elderly or disabled person, or military person.

Identity theft can occur in a variety of ways. In many cases, a perpetrator accesses someone's bank account or credit card and fraudulently makes purchases or withdraws money. They may also use the victim's identity to take out loans and new credit cards, thereby destroying the victim's credit.

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