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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.

Investigation into vacant building leads to drug crimes charges

Being accused of involvement in illicit drug activity can be a frightening process. Those who encounter allegations of drug crimes may feel somewhat unnerved by the experience, and they might be uncertain how to respond upon being questioned by authorities. A woman has been arrested and is facing drug charges after police claim to have found her taking up residence in a vacant building in Wisconsin.

According to police, the incident took place as officers claim to have encountered a door that was open at a local building that had been vacant for years. They proceeded to search the building and call out to notify any possible occupants. Although no one answered their calls, officers say they found a room with a light on and a closed door, and upon opening the door, they claim to have found the woman laying on a bed.

3 facing drug crimes charges following incident in Wisconsin

Three individuals have been arrested and accused of involvement in drug activity after authorities received reports of suspicious behavior in Wisconsin. A conviction for drug crimes carries serious consequences that could have a substantial impact on a person's future. Those who stand accused of similar offenses may wish to protect against undesirable consequences, but they might be uncertain where to turn for guidance in the process.

Authorities assert the incident began on a recent Tuesday when they received reports from a witness about a man who was allegedly standing outside of a car while holding a rifle. Upon arriving at the scene, police claim to have found several individuals sitting in two parked cars. They also claim to have caught wind of a strong scent of marijuana upon approaching the vehicles, and a subsequent search ensued.

Wisconsin woman sentenced for embezzlement

Embezzlement is a form of financial fraud, and it consists of the act of withholding money or other assets for the sole purpose of conversion of said assets. Wisconsin citizens have seen this act carried out first-hand with the recent news of Cheryl A. Angell, the former union treasurer of Wisconsin, whom the United States Department of Justice sentenced to 13 months in prison for the offense of embezzlement

On June 19th, Angell pleaded guilty to embezzling $98,711 over the course of four years from union funds. In addition to prison time, the Department of Justice also ordered Angell to pay back the money to United Steelworkers Local 2. Over the years, Angell wrote herself over 100 checks. She was able to use a union credit card for her own use, and this allowed her to deposit the money into her account. An investigation revealed she spent a large sum of the money at casinos. 

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