Check fraud of any kind can result in serious criminal penalties in our state. Purposely writing a bad check, signing another person's name to a check or knowingly attempting to cash a fraudulent check are all forms of fraud that may be punishable by a fine or jail time.
Signing someone else's name on a legal document, creating a fake ID or presenting a forged check to be cashed, could all be charged as the white collar crime called forgery. Under Ohio Revised Code, Section 2913.31, forgery can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity of the crime.
Taxes are generally due on April 15th each year, and failure to pay them could result in criminal prosecution. Under Ohio Rev. Code Sec. 5747.15, a person who fails to file a tax return or purposely underpays their taxes may be charged with tax evasion, while a person who purposely reports false information on a tax return to avoid paying taxes could be charged with tax fraud.
Anyone involved in any sort of business transaction is at risk of facing fraud charges. It is easy for someone to accuse one of obtaining another's money or property, or using that money or property for unlawful purposes or personal gain. Signing someone else's name to a document, falsifying documents, making false statements on a welfare or loan application or using a credit card without the owner's consent are all forms of fraud and could result in serious criminal charges.
Earlier this month, we discussed how money laundering in Ohio can result in felony charges. A man from Mason, Ohio was recently indicted for his alleged involvement in a money laundering scheme. The man, along with a man from Denver, Colorado, were indicted on various charges including misrepresentation in the sale of securities, money laundering, theft, securities fraud, and selling securities without a license. Arrest warrants were apparently issued for the two men.
When a person obtains money illegally, they may attempt to hide the money through various financial transactions. The idea is to avoid detection and keep law enforcement officials and financial institutions in the dark by putting the "dirty" money into a regular business.
According to Ohio prosecutors, 17 people are facing charges for their participation in a car theft ring. The alleged thieves apparently stole high-end vehicles, including cars made by luxury car companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi, from residents and car rental companies in several states. They would also apparently use third parties to lease vehicles without intending on returning the cars to the dealerships.
There are many forms of identity fraud, but generally, a person may face criminal charges if they wrongfully collect and use another person's personal information to commit a fraud.
While Cincinnati residents may think of bribery as involving organized crime bosses paying off police in cash to look the other way while they carry on their criminal activities, the term actually encompasses a lot of other types of behavior as well.
Many people in Cincinnati have likely seen the notice that flashes up before every movie warning that copying the show and then redistributing it can be punished as a federal crime.