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What you should know about insider trading

If you invest in the stock market, you are probably familiar with the term 'insider trading' and how it is associated with the illegal trading of securities. What you may not know, however, is that not all insider trading is actually considered illegal. Instead, there are actually two types of insider trading.

Wisconsin men face federal charges in alleged robbery spree

Two Wisconsin men are facing multiple charges for a string of alleged robberies after an indictment by a federal grand jury. The charges against the men include seven charges of unlawfully delaying, obstructing, affecting and attempting to obstruct, delay and affect commerce and the movement of articles and commodities in commerce by robbery, as well as seven charges for carrying and brandishing, and knowingly using a firearm during and in relation to a crime. In additions, one of the men also faces two charges for allegedly robbing a Domino's Pizza, which resulted in an employee suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.

What does possession of a controlled substance mean?

Federal law generally defines a controlled substance as a chemical or drug that is subject to legislative control. This may include both illegal drugs and prescription drugs. Possession of a controlled substance basically means that a person has the ability as well as the intention to access or control a drug in his or her presence.

What you need to know about hate crimes

Although crimes stemming from hatred and prejudice, such as cross burnings and lynchings, have long been a part of America's sometimes dark history, the actual term "hate crime" did not become a common phrase used to describe these types of crimes until around the 1980s. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, although their investigations into what are now considered hate crimes go all the way back to the early days of the Klu Klux Klan, the term didn't really become popular and mainstream until after a string of bias-related crimes launched by a radical group known as the Skinheads.

Wisconsin man could face 85 years for child sex crimes

A Wisconsin man from La Crosse who was already facing multiple charges for allegedly filming and molesting a 4-year-old child is now facing another underage pornography charge after police reportedly found more pornographic images on the hard drive of his computer. Other charges against the man include causing a child to view pornography, sexual exploitation and first-degree sexual assault.

What constitutes prescription fraud?

Prescription fraud is generally considered the act of an individual acquiring controlled drugs or a physician prescribing controlled substance without a legitimate medical reason. A controlled substance may be a stimulant, opiate or depressant. Some examples of drugs that are considered controlled substances include, hydrocodone, Valuium, Darvocet, morphine and oxycodone.

What does 'money laundering' mean?

Our readers undoubtedly know what the term "money laundering" has nothing to do with cleaning money by running it through a washing machine. However, many people may not understand specifically what is involved and how people may become accused of it. The term refers to a white collar crime that involves the process of taking money that was originally illicitly obtained and then working to make the money appear as if it came from a legitimate and legal source.

Wisconsin bus driver faces child porn charges

A 53-year-old school bus driver from West Allis, Wisconsin, has been charged with two counts of possession of underage pornography. The charges against the man stemmed from an incident in which special agents with the Wisconsin Department of Justice allegedly discovered a computer or other type of internet-capable device that was allegedly making an offer to participate in distributing underage pornography over a peer-to-peer file sharing online.

Wisconsin man could face 128 years for sexual assault charges

A 33-year-old man from Kenosha is facing five counts of second degree sexual assault and one account of false imprisonment after his arrest on August 3. The charges against the man stem from a series of incidents in which the man allegedly sexually assaulted four women over a period of approximately two years.

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