White Collar Crimes

Computer crimes accessing digital information carry more severe penalties

Assume Betty works for a company in Utah, and she gets fired. Weeks later Betty, who is angry at her former boss, still has passwords to emails, bank accounts, and the company’s Facebook account. Betty decides since she has the passwords, she will peruse those accounts to see how her old company is doing, and …

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Paiute Tribe planner sentenced for embezzling over $175,000

Jeffrey Charles Zander was sentenced to over five years in prison for allegedly embezzling money from the Paiute Tribe. Federal authorities say that beginning in 2005, Zander applied for grants on behalf of the tribe and pocketed more than $175,000 for his personal use. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer sentenced Zander to 68 months in …

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A Utah man faces deportation after Ponzi scheme conviction

It is well-known that illegal aliens face deportation anytime that they are convicted of a crime. What is less commonly understood is that even individuals who are legally in the U.S. could be deported if they are convicted of certain crimes. One Sandy man faces deportation after being convicted in connection with a Ponzi scheme. …

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South Jordan real estate mogul sentenced to federal prison

U.S. District Judge David Sam recently sentenced a South Jordan man to over six years in federal prison for wire fraud. The man was charged with wire fraud in connection with an alleged real estate investment scheme. The Utah Department of Justice reports that the 42-year-old South Jordan man will spend 78 months in prison …

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South Jordan woman sentenced to prison for money laundering

A 31-year-old South Jordan woman was recently sentenced to prison for money laundering. U.S. district court judge Ted Stewart sentenced the woman in Salt Lake City. Money laundering is the act of taking large amounts of money that was illegally obtained and funneling it through a legitimate source. The effect of money laundering is creating …

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Investment manager pleads guilty to running Ponzi scheme in Utah

A Houston-based investment manager recently pleaded guilty to investment fraud in Utah. Authorities say that the man created an investment company called Winsome Investment Trust and acted as its sole manager, attorney and trustee. Prosecutors allege that the man recruited investors by misrepresenting the assets that Winsome had and also misrepresented Winsome’s asset allocation. The …

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Layton man arrested in connection with mortgage fraud scheme

A 57-year-old former Layton resident was recently sentenced in connection with an alleged a mortgage fraud scheme. Authorities say that the man will spend 36 months in federal prison after being convicted of three counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering. In addition to sentencing the man …

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Feds Bring Fraud and Money Laudering Charges Against St. George Man

A federal grand jury recently indicted a St. George man on fraud and money laundering charges, among other things. Authorities say that the man committed various white collar crimes through a false shipping company. The 46-year-old man allegedly told individuals that he was experienced in the shipping industry and routinely shipped commodities throughout the world. …

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