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Williamsport Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Blog

Tractor manufacturer Caterpillar faces accusations of tax fraud

Nobody enjoys paying taxes. Not only can it be annoying, but it may feel frustrating to watch a significant amount of your money disappear. If you run a business, you may try your best to find loopholes to get out of paying taxes. Thankfully, there are legitimate and legal ways to decrease your corporate tax bill.

However, it is crucial to understand the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. If your corporation partakes in tax evasion, you may face criminal charges for tax fraud. Here is a recent example of tax fraud to help you understand the important distinction.

Insider trading and government policy leaks

The often-complex world of insider trading allegations that can be of concern to corporate executives in Pennsylvania and elsewhere is also coming to Washington, D.C. While the political culture of the nation's capital often involves an array of leaks and rumors, typically these involve journalists and lobbyists rather than investors. However, some firms, known as political intelligence companies, are making large sums of money by selling information to hedge funds about upcoming government actions. With this advance knowledge, the funds can make millions by selecting stocks that will soon rise or fall based on expected government actions.

Typical insider trading prosecutions often involve people directly employed by or otherwise connected to the company whose securities are being traded for personal benefit. This type of white-collar crime accusation has affected a range of investment companies as well as corporate executives in some high-profile cases. However, the Washington insider cases involve a person with current ties to or former government employment experience being paid to disclose information about upcoming policy changes with implications for stock prices.

Pennsylvania man charged with DUI after crash

Police say that a 68-year-old man was intoxicated when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed in Bucks County on the evening of March 29. According to media reports, the accident took place on West Court Street in Doylestown at approximately 8:40 p.m. The local resident was taken into custody at the scene for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol and transported to a nearby hospital to be checked for injuries and provide a blood sample for toxicology testing.

First responders arrived at the accident scene to discover that the man's car had flipped over and come to a rest on its roof. Firefighters and paramedics are said to have then used cutting equipment to extract the man from his badly damaged vehicle.

Man facing multiple charges for drunk driving with a child

Law enforcement officers with the Pennsylvania State Police reportedly stopped a 28-year-old Waynesboro man who was allegedly driving while intoxicated by alcohol and drugs. The man reportedly had a child with him, who was sitting in the back seat while he drove.

Officers report that the incident happened on Feb. 11, 2018, around 9:43 p.m. Officers were responding to a call in the area when they saw the man driving a blue Nissan Xterra. The man allegedly hit the sidewalk before backing up several times in an attempt to park.

Driver taken into custody on multiple charges

At about 3 a.m. on March 24, Pennsylvania police spotted a Honda Civic going 81 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Authorities trailed the vehicle as it went south on Route 378 before it left the highway at the Center City exit. Although officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver ignored the lights and a stop sign at the exit ramp.

The driver also drove west in the eastbound lane of West Union Boulevard prior to going through a red light. He eventually lost control of the vehicle while trying to turn onto North New Street. After trying to elude authorities on foot, he was taken into custody on West Spruce Street. When police finally caught up to the 29-year-old, they found marijuana in his pocket, and he said that he had consumed 12 beers and marijuana prior to driving.

4 common types of wire fraud

One of the most common white-collar crimes is wire fraud. But what exactly does it mean to commit wire fraud? According to federal law, wire fraud occurs when an individual uses wire, radio or television with the intent to scheme someone out of money.

But what does this look like in practice? Here are a few of the most common types of wire fraud.

Pennsylvania woman facing her 6th DUI charge

A 64-year-old Pennsylvania woman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for the sixth time on March 10. Police in Pike County say that the woman was taken into custody in Milford after a concerned motorist called 911 to report a suspected impaired driver. After being processed, the woman was deemed unfit for presentment and passed to the Department of Corrections. She was later released after posting bail of $3,100.

Media reports indicate that the motorist who called 911 followed the woman's car as it proceeded northbound on Route 113. The caller claims that the woman had difficulty remaining in a single lane as she neared Georgetown and pulled into a parking lot on Lakeview Avenue. This is when law enforcement arrived at the scene.

Theranos founder no longer controls company

Pennsylvania readers may be interested to learn that the founder of Theranos has been charged with massive fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the SEC, the company raised $700 million over several years through fraudulent means. Theranos had stated that its portable product could determine a person's health with the use of a few drops of blood. The company had also claimed that its device had been used in Afghanistan by the Department of Defense.

The prospect of such a product was enough to garner the company several investors and a $9 billion valuation. However, reports surfaced in 2015 that the company wouldn't be able to deliver on its promises to investors. Although the company was able to secure a $100 million loan in December 2017, the future of the company remains in doubt.

Man charged with DUI in crash that hurt 4 nuns

A Pennsylvania man is facing multiple felony charges in connection with a December car accident that sent four nuns to the hospital. The charges were announced by Delaware County authorities on March 1.

According to court documents, toxicology results show the 21-year-old defendant had marijuana, cocaine and the prescription tranquilizer clonazepam in his system when he smashed head-on into another vehicle on Route 322 in Bethel Township on Dec. 10. The occupants of the vehicle, four Catholic nuns, suffered serious injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment. Responding officers allegedly found cocaine in the defendant's wallet.

TV show host charged with DUI

Pennsylvania fans of talk show host Steve Wilkos may be interested in learning the latest regarding the automobile crash that prompted a break in scheduled production of his Connecticut based show last month. After initially claiming to have been driving without prescribed eyeglasses, Wilkos has admitted to driving under the influence at the time of the incident.

The popular host lost control of his vehicle on in a residential area of Dorian, CT, on January 21, 2018. After hitting multiple poles and a tree, the Wilkos vehicle flipped before coming to rest. There were no other vehicles or people involved in the collision. After being transported to a nearby hospital, Wilkos provided blood samples for police that allegedly revealed a blood alcohol level of .29, which is substantially above the legal limit for driving in Connecticut.

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