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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

Memorial Hermann Manager Facing Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud Charges

April 20, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

A Memorial Hermann Healthcare System manager in charge of the hospital’s printing and mail services is facing mail fraud and wire fraud charges based on allegations that he stole more than $9 million from the hospital over a period of 14 years. A complaint filed by…

Texas HHSC Dropping Anti-Fraud Initiative Started by Former Deputy Inspector General

April 17, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

In 2012, Jack Stick, deputy inspector general of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, introduced a program to step up the agency’s anti-fraud investigations. This program required HHSC investigators, who look into whether recipients of Medicaid, food stamps and other programs are overpaid, to produce…

SEC Targets Former NFL Player in Ponzi Scheme Fraud Complaint

April 16, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Former NFL cornerback Will Allen and Susan Daub, his business associate at Capital Financial Partners, are the target of a federal fraud complaint filed on April 1, 2015, in Boston by the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging they used investor funds for personal expenses and to…

Ambit Energy Sued in Class Action for Alleged Pyramid Scheme

April 15, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Dallas-based Ambit Energy is the target of a class action suit that alleges the company illegally operates a massive pyramid scheme by using its customers to market its electricity and natural gas services to family and friends with the promise of lower rates and then raises…