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December 2014 Archives

How identity theft is detected

An individual in Pennsylvania could receive criminal charges for identity theft if prosecutors believe that they obtained another person's credit card information through fraud. Because a victim of identity theft is usually unaware of the theft when it occurs, detecting the theft is much different than an investigation into a robbery or a burglary.

Food supplier that provided food for military convicted of fraud

Pennsylvania residents with family members serving in the military may be shocked to learn that an international food supplier responsible for providing U.S. troops in Afghanistan with food and water pleaded guilty to fraud charges. The lawsuit against the food supplier was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Potential penalties for trademark counterfeiting

When a person in Pennsylvania is charged with trademark counterfeiting, the penalties imposed if convicted depends on whether it is a first offense as well as the number of items he or she has in his or possession when caught. The offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Federal criminal court procedure in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, those who are accused of certain crimes may be prosecuted in federal court. The federal court system can initiate prosecutions against people accused of violating federal laws. Crimes that violate state law but do not involve the federal government are prosecuted in state courts.

What is the penalty for credit card fraud?

In Pennsylvania, a person who knowingly uses or attempts to use a credit card that is counterfeit, altered or revoked can be charged with credit card fraud. A person can also be charged with this crime if they get or attempt to get a third party to use a counterfeit or revoked credit card. Because Pennsylvania takes fraud seriously, even a misdemeanor charge can result in a prison sentence.

What is identity theft?

Pennsylvania residents may be aware of something called identity theft. This occurs when a person or entity takes personal information from another party without his or her consent. This information could be anything from a Social Security number to a credit card number. Under the federal Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act, knowingly transferring such information with the intent to commit a crime is considered a felony.

21 accused of involvement in drug ring; 13 in custody

On Nov. 21, authorities took 13 individuals who are believed to be involved in a drug pipeline in Pennsylvania into custody. According to the report, the accused individuals, along with eight others named in the indictment, were allegedly transporting heroin and oxycodone from Philadelphia to Morgantown, West Virginia.

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