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Charter school white collar crime: Innocent until proven guilty

Ten years ago, charter schools were a small segment of Georgia's public schools. But over the last ten years, with the benefit of substantial tax revenues and the attractiveness of relative autonomy for a small board of directors to design an approved teaching a curriculum, enrollment has jumped to nearly 100,000 students statewide.

Common errors that can lead to Medicare fraud charges

Because so many people are involved in a patient's care, the potential for Medicare fraud is enormous. One simple mistake in record-keeping can cause a billing disaster that leads to serious issues for you, whether you are a physician, pharmacist, physical therapist or any other kind of health care professional who represents a link in a chain of caregivers.

Recent arrests shine light on health care fraud

When the Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- was passed, it gave more resources and tools to fight fraud in federal health care programs. One such tool was $350 million to hire added prosecutors and investigators for the fight against fraud. The law also made for harsher sentencing in criminal prosecutions of health care fraud and improves upon provider and supplier screenings. The ACA also boosts the sharing of data across all levels of government.

Credit card fraud promises big rewards, but risks are greater

We live in a society so dependent on credit and debit cards that people hardly seem to notice when and where their money comes and goes. Gone are the days of balancing checkbooks and counting bills. We often don't know how much money we have until we look at a bank statement once a month.

When 'house flipping' turns into real estate fraud

Not so long ago, the practice of buying residential property at a low price, renovating it and selling it for a profit was all the rage. Popular reality TV shows such as "Flip That House" wooed viewers into thinking that the practice was a relatively easy way to make money in the real estate industry.

5 essential qualities of a white collar criminal defense attorney

Have you ever been lost in a maze? Being accused of a white collar crime can feel very much the same. Being confused and in a state of panic, are often normal reactions to the initial shock of learning you are being investigated or charged. 

What are the penalties for writing a bad check in Georgia?

Many of Georgia's laws, as well as some federal laws, are grounded in moral judgments. This means that these laws carry a presumption that a person should have known the difference between right and wrong and therefore shouldn't have committed the crime in the first place.

Is it illegal to buy a house for someone else?

There are a lot of people here in Atlanta who would do anything for their parents, especially considering how much our parents give to us over our lifetimes. For some people, this need to payback their parents for their generosity came to a head when the housing market burst and parents all over the state started losing their homes to foreclosure.

Two federal agents face federal charges for actions on Silk Road

With the invention of the Internet, it truly became a small world. The internet has made it possible for people to do business with others as far away as the other side of the world. As with traditional business, it also created a new vehicle for criminal activities deemed illegal by our federal government. Law enforcement efforts have resulted in civil as well as criminal litigation and resulted in the shutdown of sites like Pirate Bay in 2014 and Silk Road in 2013.

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