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Category Archives: White Collar Crime

Fraud Scam Targeting South Florida Senior Citizens

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A credit and debit card scam focusing on unwitting senior citizens has resulted in at least one arrest, though police continue to investigate what seems to be a widespread scheme. The Sun-Sentinel reported on December 9, 2016 that elderly victims would turn over their debit card and PIN to a person posing as a… Read More »

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Hollywood, Florida Lawyer Gets One Year in Money Laundering Scheme

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A money laundering scheme recently landed a Hollywood, Florida attorney in prison after he pleaded guilty to the charges against him back in August 2016. According to The Sun-Sentinel, a US District Court judge sentenced him to one year plus one day in federal prison, plus a fine of $,7500 and order to pay… Read More »

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The Latest Fraud Scam in Florida: “Forced Sale”

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A couple was finally apprehended after weeks of scamming retailers under a credit card scheme across several states. Numerous charges are still coming as authorities continue to investigate in a coordinated effort, but the couple is currently in custody in Walton County, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WKRG News 5. The pair jilted businesses… Read More »

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Proving Credit Card Fraud: A Heavy Burden of Proof for Florida Prosecutors

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A woman was charged with more than a dozen offenses related to fraud when recently stopped at Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International Airport. According to the Sun-Sentinel article, she was in possession of numerous credit cards intended for counterfeit purposes and admitted to purchasing the account numbers and identification details of the owners. She was… Read More »

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SmartWater CSI and the Importance of Deterrence Props in Decreasing Property Crimes

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Gadgets and gizmos of technology have consistently been a part of the “crime stoppers” modus operandi. We have seen alarm systems come and go, and video cameras and phone applications that can be used to check up on your home and the babysitter, among others. This is under the labored belief that people will… Read More »

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Leaving Untainted Assets Unfrozen

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

In 1989, the United States Supreme Court held in United States v. Monsanto that a criminal defendant who has violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and the Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) may not use funds that were acquired through illegal activity to pay for the defendant’s counsel. The Court, at this time,… Read More »

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The Crime and Punishment of “SWATTING”

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Video games provide a forum in which players of the game can leave reality and delve into fantasy scenarios and act in a way that is permitted by the game. Video games have the reputation of being whimsical and fun, but also violent and an instigator of violent characteristics seen in many of its… Read More »

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Murder She Wrote: Tattoos and Rap Lyrics Can Be Used as Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

In Florida, several gang members of the Latin Kings have been arrested for racketeering charges, among others. Within the indictment, 23 members were implicated as being associates of one of the largest and most well-organized gangs set up in the United States. The most powerful evidence being put forth in the case includes tattoos,… Read More »

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Insider Trading: Why is it So Hard to Spot and Punish?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Confidence in Wall Street and the stock market has been considerably low in the last five years. After the 2008 market crash and the underlying illegal activities and misconduct seen as a result of the crash, it is no wonder that people distrust the market. Although in the last five years, more legislation has… Read More »

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Secret Activation of Webcams: One of the New Hacker Methods

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

With the increase of technology, lawmakers and citizens alike are enjoying the great gains that our society receives from utilization of this technology, but are also unsure of how to control technology to ensure that users are protected at all stages. There are certain protections that have already put into place on a state-by-state… Read More »

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