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Is Identity Theft a Federal Crime?

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you have questions about whether identity theft is a federal crime, the short answer is—yes, identity theft may be a federal crime. In this post, we discuss the differences between state and federal identity theft charges and the punishments for these crimes. (more…)

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Understanding Texas Healthcare Fraud Laws

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Healthcare fraud is considered a subcategory of standard fraud. If convicted of healthcare fraud, the defendant faces a wide range of penalties. Although healthcare fraud is considered a single type of fraud, there are various types of healthcare fraud, including health insurance fraud (such as private insurers, Medicare or Medicaid fraud), drug fraud, and medical fraud. Healthcare fraud is said to occur when an individual or business...

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What Are the Penalties for Credit Card Abuse in Texas?

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Credit and debit card abuse is considered a fraud crime in Texas. Fraud crimes usually involve a form of trickery. In credit or debit card abuse crimes, an individual takes another person’s financial account details without his or her consent, with the intent of making unauthorized purchases or removing cash from the account. Credit and debit card fraud is frequently entwined with: Identity theft, when one person’s identifying...

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Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim After Hurricane Harvey

Posted on October 4, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If your personal or commercial property was damaged by Hurricane Harvey, use the following tips to prevent delays to your first-party insurance claims. If you’re working with an insurance company in Harvey’s aftermath, recognize that insurance adjusters are on high alert for insurance fraud claims. Plan to support your first-party insurance claim with independent assessments and evaluations from engineers, contractors, and insurance adjusters. An experienced insurance claims attorney...

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Ponzi Schemes and Texas Fraud Laws

Posted on February 8, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Over the past decade a number of financial frauds have been uncovered by both federal and Texas investigators. The monetary value of these fraudulent operations has been staggering, ranging from in excess of $70 billion in the case of Bernie Madoff’s long-running Ponzi Scheme to a few thousand dollars typical of social media-based Pyramid Schemes such as the “Blessing Loom” scam currently operating on Facebook. Regardless of...

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