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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…

Former Houston Oil Supply Company Execs Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud

March 02, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Two former Houston oil supply company executives -- Franklin Marsan, 51, of Spring, Texas, and Eduardo Betancourt, 48, also of Spring -- have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for allegedly taking illegal kickbacks from sales agents, according to the FBI.…

Nigerian Man Arrested in Dallas for Elaborate Email Fraud Scheme

February 22, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A Nigerian man has been arrested in Dallas, accused of defrauding 17 Texas companies out of more than $600,000 in an elaborate business compromise email (BCE) scheme, according to a news report. Amechi Colvis Amuegbunam, 28, is accused of creating false documents and fake Internet domains…

Understanding the Definition of White Collar Crime

February 08, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

White collar crime refers to deceptive acts that are designed to produce some type of financial gain.  White collar offenses are financial crimes and do not involve any violent or drug-related criminal behavior; in fact, many perpetrators of white collar crimes are typically involved in legal…

Former Texas Bank President Going to Prison for Wire Fraud

February 01, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A former D’Hanis, Texas, bank president has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay $817,892 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and embezzlement. Laurie Mayfield (aka “Laurie H. Scott”), 55, of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the former…

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…