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4 common email crimes

Email is one of the most useful forms of electronic communication. Of course, its popularity is dwindling with the rise of texting. But it is still common to use email for communicating with individuals and staying up to date with subscriptions to websites. 

As with any form of online communication, email is prone to scams and criminal activity. Here are some of the most common ways that people misuse email for criminal purposes

Differences between fraud and forgery

Writing a bad check is a serious offense in the state of Wisconsin. Anyone guilty of writing a bad check of less than $2,500 could face Class A misdemeanor charges while bad checks in excess of $2,500 could face Class I felony charges.

The person responsible for writing the check could face forgery or fraud charges depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. While the general populace often uses these terms interchangeably, they do have different legal definitions. Anyone facing criminal charges needs to understand the differences to best mount a legal defense.

The evolution of phishing

As the use of the internet continues to grow, so do the opportunities for cyber crime. As such incidents increase, so do the government's attempts to stop them.

If you or a loved one face charges for cyber crime, it is important to understand the charges to know what you are up against. Phishing is one of the oldest forms of cyber crime and remains a prevalent one today.

3 odd types of identity theft

Identity theft is an incredibly common crime. The police recently arrested seven individuals from North Carolina who ran "Operation Homeless." These individuals stole checks from numerous mailboxes of Wisconsin businesses. They altered the checks and had homeless people cash them and receive a small portion of the check value. 

Anyone charged with identity theft needs to start creating a defense right away. It helps to understand the various degrees identity theft can take shape. Here are some common forms of identity theft. 

Understanding Wisconsin’s identity theft laws

Identity theft-related criminal charges carry serious penalties in Wisconsin, and in some cases, you may end up having to serve considerable time behind bars if convicted of such a crime. In some instances, offenders find themselves in trouble because they were unaware that what they had done was criminal in nature, but courts and judges generally will not consider your intent when determining whether you are guilty of a particular crime.

Many Wisconsin residents facing identity theft charges do so because they acted in similar ways. Fully understanding the state’s identity theft laws may help you avoid running afoul of them.

Recent trends in white collar crime

On average, companies lose around $500 billion dollars per year on white-collar crime in the United States. The average company loses at least 6 percent in total revue for the year, and thousands of innocent employees lose their jobs and life savings as a result. In order to protect your money, is important to understand a few of the big white-collar crime trends that have emerged in recent years.

Can I share a prescription with a loved one?

No one wants someone they love to suffer, especially when you think you can help. You may have access to medications through your own prescription, and if you think they can ease your loved one’s pain, you may want to give them a few doses – especially if they don’t have access to the healthcare necessary to get the drugs themselves.

This is a noble desire, but prescription holders should be careful with their medications. While your intentions may be pure, your actions may be illegal.

Incident leads to domestic violence charges in Wisconsin

Many couples have experienced disagreements in their relationships. While these scenarios may lead to heated arguments, they may rarely culminate into threats or acts of physical violence. Unfortunately, a 54-year-old woman has been arrested and is facing multiple domestic violence charges following a recent incident in which she allegedly stabbed her husband with a knife in Wisconsin.

According to reports, the incident took place as the two were taking part in recent holiday celebrations. Police claim that around 3 a.m. they received reports of a domestic dispute in which an argument between a couple had turned into a physical altercation. Upon arriving at the location, they claim to have found a man who had suffered a chest wound, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening.

2 facing multiple drug crimes charges in Wisconsin

Upon receiving information on the possible presence of drug activity, law enforcement agents will generally initiate an investigation into the matter. Being the subject of such an investigation can be a harrowing experience, and should this lead to allegations of drug crimes, a person may feel uncertain how best to approach the situation. Two individuals have been arrested, and both are facing numerous drug charges following a recent investigation in Wisconsin.

According to reports, the investigation involved multiple law enforcement agencies and was geared toward reducing the flow of drug activity in the area. While many of the details concerning what prompted these events remain unclear, the investigation reportedly led authorities to obtain a warrant to search two homes on a recent Tuesday. During the searches, they claim to have unearthed more than 400 grams of heroin, along with several firearms and a large sum of cash.

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