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What is computer embezzlement?

As mentioned in the previous articles, embezzlement is one of the most common types of white collar crime. Embezzlement could be as simple as a cashier shortchanging customers here and there in the hope that no one catches on.

Embezzlement could also involve the complex manipulation of computers through what investigators and corporate financial security experts refer to as "computer embezzlement."

How embezzlement charges happen

When embezzlement occurs, an employee -- or individual in a position of trust -- steals property or money from the party that was trusting him or her. As embezzlement involves theft, it is considered to be a form of larceny.

Usually embezzlement relates to money or property that an employee steals or transfers into a bank account for his or her personal uses. It's one of the most common types of white collar crimes.

A collaborative divorce is the answer to reducing stress

Collaborative divorces are like they sound. They are divorces where two people collaborate to come up with a fair solution to their custody arrangements and financial concerns. Collaborative divorces are, on the whole, a peaceful way to end a marriage and can be a great foundation for working together in the future if you have children.

A collaborative divorce is calmer because you don't need to fight each other in court. Instead, you and your spouse can work together to find an amicable solution to how you divide your assets or provide for your children. Divorce is emotionally draining, but if you can work together, it has the potentially to be less so. Why else might this be the right choice for you?

Thinking about marriage? Don’t forget the prenup

When you got married the first time, creating a prenuptial agreement was the furthest thing from your mind. You and your wife were fresh out of college and a marital agreement seemed pointless. When you divorced many years later, you could not help but wonder if a prenup would have made a difference in the outcome.

Now that you are thinking about going for round two, the last thing you want is to repeat your prior mistakes. That means that this time, you should take steps to protect your assets. While sitting down with your future fiancé to talk about what will happen if you split up does not sound like the best way to start off a marriage, it may actually provide you both with a sense of security.

Alleged insider trader accused because of a Google search

When you receive insider information about a company -- such as from an employee who works at the company -- and you make profitable transactions based on the insider information, you could be violating Securities and Exchange Commission laws. Specifically, you could be committing an insider trading violation.

The SEC takes a serious approach to finding alleged violators of insider trading laws. In one recent case, the SEC accused a man of insider trading after he searched on Google "how sec detect unusual trade."

Shell companies: Money laundering, tax evasion and fraud

A legitimate business can sometimes appear like a criminal operation to the federal government. For example, shell companies may be legitimate, but they also might be money laundering operations. The federal government may, therefore, pay scrutiny to the operations of a shell company for signs of illegal conduct.

Shell companies could simply be old corporations that are now only partially in business. They could also be illegal operations used to commit false accounting, tax evasion, money laundering, asset hiding and more.

Pursing compensation when construction defects occur

You paid good money to have an addition added on to your home. Now, you have noticed mold, bugs and other things that make you feel that the job was done improperly. In fact, the damage may be widespread enough to affect how much your home is worth.

Construction defects like this can happen for a number of reasons. For instance, the construction company may have been negligent or the building materials may have been defective. With obvious defects like yours, it's easier to show what went wrong to the contractors to try to get it repaired or to recover your losses.

You were injured in a crash. Now what?

According to the Colorado Department of Public Safety, between the first of the year and the end of April, there were nearly 1,100 car accidents in which someone was either injured or killed. We all know that car accidents are a common occurrence, but sometimes statistics help us understand just how many people are impacted by crashes every year. They can also help us understand the importance of being prepared should it happen to us. 

The benefits of collaborative divorce

If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, things may feel a little uncertain. You may be wondering how the process will work, how decisions will be made and what the final outcome will be.

The divorce process can look very different for different people. Essentially, you have two options: You can refuse to compromise and fight for what you want in court, or you and your spouse can work out a final agreement together through negotiations.

While the approach you take is up to you, many people find a collaborative divorce to be best.

FAQ: Tax evasion for businesses

As the IRS begins reviewing recently submitted tax returns, agents will be on high alert for anything that doesn't look quite right. While making a mistake on a tax filing won't necessarily lead to serious trouble, tax evasion is a serious crime that carries harsh consequences. Understanding what the IRS is looking for can help you or your business avoid tax evasion allegations or be prepared if you do end up facing them.

What is tax evasion?

Tax evasion, also known as tax fraud, is the act of purposefully failing to pay taxes in full. There are many ways to commit tax evasion, but for businesses, it often means underreporting income or over-reporting expenses - both of which can lead to a lower tax burden.

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