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Woman charged with forgery and other white collar crimes

When someone in Wisconsin is accused of embezzlement, it is usually following a long and complicated investigation. In some cases, a financial irregularity is found, and the money trail is traced back to the person who had the most frequent access to business accounts. That person may be charged with white collar crimes, which are sometimes federal cases, and he or she may face harsh penalties if convicted.

One woman in Wisconsin is charged with two felonies after investigators accused her of misusing funds when she worked for an emergency medical transportation service. Her duties included contracting and billing clients. However, the 56-year-old woman was fired after 12 years when the association determined that she was allegedly stealing medical supplies. Further investigation showed payroll and billing inconsistencies amounting to $6,805.

What are the most common types of cybercrimes?

Many people in Wisconsin who commit crimes online fall prey to the false sense of security that the internet provides. Some of these individuals may not be aware that some of their online activities are illegal and can result in them receiving criminal charges. Others are aware of their illegal actions and do not believe anyone will catch them. 

Here is a brief overview of common types of internet crimes

What are the most common types of cybercrimes?

Many people in Wisconsin who commit crimes online fall prey to the false sense of security that the internet provides. Some of these individuals may not be aware that some of their online activities are illegal and can result in them receiving criminal charges. Others are aware of their illegal actions and do not believe anyone will catch them.

Here is a brief overview of common types of internet crimes.

Former police officer charged with homicide in Wisconsin

A great deal can happen in the span of a couple of seconds. For law enforcement agents in pursuit of a suspect, the actions and decisions made in this short amount of time could mean the difference between life and death. A former police officer in Wisconsin has been accused of violent crimes and is now facing homicide charges after an incident involving the death of a man who was in possession of a gun and attempting to evade arrest.

According to reports, the incident began when the officer came upon a vehicle with out-of-state license plates, the driver of which was engaging in suspicious activity with another individual. Upon approaching the vehicle, he asserts that the driver began to flee. The officer was reportedly wearing a body camera at the time, which recorded the events that followed during pursuit. After a short chase, the man apparently fell, allowing the officer to catch up to him.

3 accused of multiple drug crimes following search of 2 locations

Crimes related to drug possession and/or delivery carry severe penalties if a conviction is obtained. Along with the potential of a prison sentence, this can also lead to a permanent mark on a person's criminal record, which can create challenges in various avenues of life. Three individuals are facing similar consequences after recently being arrested and accused of multiple drug crimes in Wisconsin.

Authorities claim to have uncovered information indicating that one of the individuals was involved in the sale of methamphetamine at two separate locations. Upon executing a search warrant at her place of residence, along with a local hotel room, police allegedly unearthed almost 700 grams of the drug, along with various drug paraphernalia. In addition, police say they also found a ledger that indicated previous drug sales in the amount of $20,000.

Teacher's aide arrested and accused of sex crimes in Wisconsin

Individuals in Wisconsin and elsewhere who are accused of a crime may often be uncertain how to proceed. Sex crimes carry severe penalties should a conviction be obtained, and allegations alone are often intimidating. A 23-year-old teacher's aide is likely focused on her defense after she was recently accused of having sexual relations with two minors.

One of the accusing parties claims that the woman began flirting with him while he was at a local elementary school to pick up his younger brother. The other asserts that he was in one of her classes at a local high school. According to reports, at one point or another both parties were invited to her residence, where they allegedly took part in consensual sex with her. She has recently been arrested and is facing charges for child enticement and sexual assault.

2 accused of alleged solicitation of minor online

Internet chat rooms can give an individual the ability to pretend to be someone else. Although many conversations that take place online are harmless, some may be undertaken with ulterior motives in mind. Two Wisconsin men have recently been accused of sex crimes after allegedly soliciting a minor through online sources.

A police officer claims that a man engaged in conversations with him that were sexual in nature while he was posing as an underage girl online. According to police, he also allegedly asked for proof of her age via graphic photos. They assert that a meeting was eventually set up, and the man allegedly arrived at a residence with a condom on his person. He was arrested and accused of sexual assault and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

New legislation would place act of stealthing under sex crimes

Many individuals have been accused of a crime concerning an act that they believed to be consensual. Sex crimes have severe penalties that can have a significant impact on the future of an accused individual, especially if a conviction is obtained. A lawmaker in Wisconsin has reportedly submitted new legislation that would classify the term known as stealthing as sexual assault.

According to the lawmaker, the act of stealthing consists of the removal of any form of protection, during or before intercourse, without the knowledge and consent of the other party. If passed, this act could fall under sexual assault, which has severe penalties that are often challenging to overcome. The legislation suggests that although the sex act itself may be consensual, the other party might not consent to the removal of protection.

1 accused of white collar crimes including theft and fraud

Individuals who are accused of identity theft often find the process to be stressful and overwhelming. Convictions for similar white collar crimes are severe, and increase in accordance with the amount allegedly stolen. A woman from another state is facing charges in Wisconsin after she allegedly stole a wallet from a vehicle and withdrew a substantial amount from the other party's bank account.

According to authorities, the woman allegedly broke a window and stole a wallet out of a parked car and proceeded to use items inside to withdraw around $6,500 from a bank account. She was recently arrested and faces identity theft and fraud charges in relation to the alleged incident. They claim that she might also have been involved in similar crimes in other areas, stealing as much as $150,000 in total.

Seeking guidance when accused of drug crimes in Wisconsin

Countless individuals in Wisconsin and elsewhere have been involved in routine traffic stops for various reasons over the years. Whether for a more serious offense, such as speeding, or simply for an issue with a headlight, these incidents can be stressful enough on their own. When it leads to additional criminal charges, the situation can quickly become significantly more severe. A woman has been accused of drug crimes after a recent traffic stop that is said to have taken place on Mother's Day.

Police say they came into contact with a vehicle that was being operated with a burned out headlight. After initiating a traffic stop, officers assert that the smell of marijuana was emanating from the vehicle. During this period, they claim the woman admitted to having drugs and paraphernalia in the vehicle, both of which were allegedly within reach of a young child at the time.

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