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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…

Texas Man Sentenced for Money Laundering, Wire Fraud

January 12, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A 65-year-old Stephenville, Texas, man has been sentenced in a Kansas City federal court to three years and four months in federal prison without parole for his convictions on charges of money laundering and wire fraud. Lewis Dean McBride, a financial planner and insurance agent, was…

Houston Home-Health Agency Owners Charged in Medicare Fraud Conspiracy

December 01, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The owners and managers of a Houston home-health agency have been charged with conspiracy to defraud Medicare, money laundering and paying illegal kickbacks in what the Department of Justice alleges was a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme. According to the indictment, the owners of the home-health…

Is Your AML Compliance Program Suffering From These 5 Common Deficiencies?

September 04, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Anti-money laundering (AML) compliance remains a challenge for many American financial institutions that continue to struggle with implementing stringent internal controls as the regulatory landscape continues to shift and change. An effective AML program depends on how well organizations are able to verify the identity of…

Lack of Anti-Money Laundering Program Nets Casino a $75 Million Fine

July 07, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has levied the largest fine in its history -- $75 million -- against a casino for failing to have an anti-money laundering program in place, a violation of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The Tinian Dynasty Hotel &…

Houston Physician and Group Home Owner Charged with Medicare Fraud

June 02, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

On May 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed criminal charges against a Houston physician and the owner of a group home for allegedly participating in a $5.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. Dr. Walid H. Hamoudi and Geraldine J. Caroline are each charged with…