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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…

Lubbock Woman Pleads Guilty in Colorado Embezzlement Case

March 07, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Elizabeth Smith Carmichael, 48, of Lubbock, has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges after being accused of stealing more than $450,000 from a Colorado ranch where she worked as a bookkeeper and manager from 2009 to 2012, according to a news report. Carmichael worked for the Bear…

Former Houston Police Credit Union Exec Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

February 09, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A former vice president of the Houston Police Federal Credit Union has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court on one count of embezzlement and faces up to 30 years in federal prison. Cheryl Vickers, 66, a former vice president of accounting at the credit…

Texas Woman Sentenced in Amarillo Credit Union Embezzlement Case

December 18, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

A 57-year-old former employee at Pantex Federal Credit Union in Borger, Texas, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay almost $800,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of embezzlement from a federally insured credit union. Dorothy Stegall Barnes worked…

Embezzlement Crimes and Punishment in Texas

October 23, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Embezzlement occurs when an individual entrusted to manage someone else’s property or money uses that property or money for their own gain.  Anyone who has legal access to another’s money or property and steals all or part of it can be prosecuted for the crime of…

Texas Antiques Appraiser Fined and Sentenced to Prison for Rhino and Ivory Smuggling Conspiracy

June 23, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

A 43-year-old Frisco, Texas, antiques appraiser has been sentenced to 25 months in prison and fined $150,000 for conspiring to smuggle rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory into China from the U.S. Ning Qiu was employed as an Asian antique appraiser for a Dallas auction house for…