Most insurance agents who deal with residents of Lackawanna County are willing to help their customers submit claims to their insurers, and some even act as advocates for the customer if the claim is rejected. Rarely, however, do these agents attempt to persuade their clients to submit false claims. Two agents in Lackawanna County were recently arrested and charged with insurance fraud.
Police are searching for a Lackawanna County man who is believed to have committed several acts of home improvement fraud. The suspect appears to have been part owner of a home construction firm several years ago, but police believe that he has recently been using fraudulent home improvement contracts to steal money from homeowners who thought they were hiring the man to perform various repairs.
Working with the state government can be lucrative business for all different types of industries. When roads need to be built, the government will ordinarily have to hire a construction firm. Even in the office environment, governments will often rely on outside professionals to do important public work.
When people in the Carbondale, Pennsylvania, area think of insurance fraud, the first thing that comes in to their mind might be someone burning down their own house or staging a car accident in order to collect insurance money that, in reality, they want for other reasons totally unrelated to an accident.
Many lawyers rely on their secretaries to handle accounting duties, including depositing receipts and paying bills. Secretaries in this position have frequent opportunities for self-enrichment, but most resist the temptation and follow the highest ethical standards. The recent arrest of a secretary who works for a Scranton attorney shows what happens when the ethical restraints are ignored.
"White collar crime" is a term most of us have heard before, but you may have wondered to yourself exactly what it refers to and what it means. One thing that is important to understand about white collar crime is that it includes a group of crimes that are taken seriously and can lead to significant potential penalties and consequences.
Criminal charges can change an accused individual's life forever. In a Pennsylvania community, just a couple of hours south of the Carbondale area, a woman is facing charges she embezzled public funds. The 36-year-old woman is accused of embezzling over $200,000 from local taxpayers. She is facing six counts, including theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.
Money laundering is a type of white collar crime and the penalties and consequences for money laundering can be serious. Money laundering charges can also be complex, so it is important to understand what it involves if you are facing money laundering accusations or charges.
Embezzlement charges can be serious charges for an accused individual to face which is why anyone charged with embezzlement may rightly wonder what the charge entails. By definition, embezzlement refers to the fraudulent taking of personal property by a party it was entrusted to. Embezzlement can occur whether the personal property in question is transferred to a third party or not and is most commonly understood as the misappropriation of money.
The criminal justice system provides important rights and protections for accused individuals to be familiar with. In a Pennsylvania community southwest of the Carbondale area a transportation supervisor was recently accused of stealing greater than $179,000 from a school district. According to authorities, the 38-year old woman is accused of submitting fraudulent invoices from a transportation company to the school district for payment and then keeping the checks without the transportation company's knowledge that the invoice was sent or the check was issued.