The term "escrow" is not unique to real estate. In its origins, it relates to the word "scroll" and refers to money or property that a third party is to hold in trust for another, to be turned over when a certain condition is met.
There are many criminal offenses that involve some form of fraud. The essence of the offense is typically some form of concealment.
There are many other white-collar crime charges besides those involving claims of public corruption. After all, embezzlement and various forms of fraud occur both within government and without.
Chiropractors and doctors have historically been much at odds. Their respective approaches to the healing arts have kept the two professions from seeing eye to eye with each other.
Americans work hard. Perhaps more than any other culture, even notoriously workaholic Japan, our culture greatly values work. With the growth of online commerce, it’s increasingly a 24 /7, 365 proposition.
Fraud is often associated with high-dollar financial schemes. There are of course a host of variations, involving such things as Ponzi schemes, real estate fraud and insurance fraud.
We last wrote about insurance fraud in our February 25 post, in the context of healthcare fraud charges. There are also of course many types of insurance fraud that do not involve healthcare.
Daycare is seldom a word used in connection with the word "fraud." After all, in St. Louis and across the country, daycare calls to mind images of fresh-faced kids and providers who generally enjoy being around them.
Paper checks haven't gone away entirely. But credit cards are now so common that we tend to take them for granted - until one is stolen or there is a security breach that causes widespread misuse.
If someone is convicted of a federal offense in St. Louis, the sentence he or she faces is governed by federal sentencing guidelines that apply across the country. These guidelines have had a reputation for years as being extremely unfair in many cases. For years, many federal judges have therefore called upon Congress to overhaul the guidelines.