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Pennsylvania man misses hearing after allegedly injuring himself

A 54-year-old Pennsylvania man who was accused of stealing from his client reportedly missed his Sept. 9 hearing after he injured himself. According to the report, authorities found the man in his home later the same day with what they believed were self-inflicted knife wounds. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The man is accused of stealing client money between August 2010 and November 2013. He was accused taking money from clients that was meant to be invested and diverted the funds into his own bank account without the clients' knowledge or consent. He did this by having the clients make their checks out to BNA Financial instead of an investment company. Authorities claimed that the man used the money for personal expenditures.

In August, the man pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including felony wire fraud and tax evasion. As part of his plea bargain, he was ordered to return any money that was stolen and forfeit four vehicles, property and construction vehicles. He also faced up to 25 years in prison, a maximum of six years supervision upon release and was required to pay a fine in the amount of $500,000.

Depending upon how much money was allegedly stolen, someone who is accused of fraud may face severe consequences that can include prison and a forfeiture of assets. An attorney may be able to provide strong legal representation for their client by either fighting the charges or negotiating a plea deal. If the authorities violated the accused person's rights during the investigation, the attorney may be able to have the charges dropped. If the prosecution has strong evidence, the attorney may be able to reduce the severity of the consequences by negotiating a plea deal.

Source: The Citizens' Voice, "Hazle Twp. man accused of tax evasion misses hearing, found injured", September 10, 2014

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