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The Top News in White Collar Crime

Photo: Lady JusticeWhether it’s money laundering charges, embezzlement, or tax evasion, white-collar crime can put you in prison for many years. And without understanding some of the big stories related to white-collar crime, you may be at a disadvantage when you are charged with this type of crime. Let’s take a look at some of the top white-collar crime news for the month of January.

Texas Pair Sentenced In International Money Laundering Conspiracy

A lawyer and businesswoman based in Texas were sentenced to decades in federal prison for their involvement in an international money laundering scheme that defrauded multiple people in the U.S. The defendants were also required to pay back more than $3.7 million in restitution to their victims.

Businesswoman Priscilla Ann Ellis was sentenced to a 40 years in prison, and lawyer Perry Don Cortese was sentenced to a 25 years. Ellis was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder charges for plotting to kill people who had testified against her during the trial. She received another 65 years in prison for that charge, which she will serve consecutively to the 40-year money laundering conviction.

South Carolina School District CFO Pleads Guilty To Multiple White-Collar Crime Charges

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced that a former School District CFO in Berkeley County has pled guilty to 20 federal counts of embezzlement, money laundering, and public corruption charges. Federal officials said that Brantley Thomas would intentionally overpay vendors out of public money, and use the refund check to buy personal items and to pay for personal services.

Thomas converted more than $450,000 of School District money into personal checks and money orders for travel and to pay for membership at exclusive clubs. Thomas also pled guilty to public corruption charges for accepting kickbacks of $32,000 from an insurance vendor.

He faces a maximum of 10 years for the money laundering and embezzlement charges, and 20 years for the public corruption charges. Thomas was brought to justice by a joint investigation launched by the FBI and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. He is in jail, awaiting sentencing.

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Count of Conspiracy To Distribute Opioids

Opioids have been in the news a lot lately due to the crisis that has gripped some of America’s biggest cities. Recently, a Pittsburgh resident named Jeremiah Davidson pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, one count of healthcare fraud and one count of perjury, all federal crimes.

Davidson was accused of obtaining prescription opioids through doctors that was paid for by a publicly-funded insurance program, and selling the opioids to a third party who distributed the drugs to addicts. Davidson misrepresented the intended use of the opioids when he obtained the prescriptions. He faces a maximum of 35 years in prison and a fine of $1,500.

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White-collar crime is often charged as a felony, which means possible time in prison and restitution if convicted. The Elden Law Group has more than 30 years of experience handling these types of cases. Please call us today at (888) 991-9353 for a free consultation.

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