If you drive about 200 miles northeast of Chattanooga, you will arrive in the small town of Mount Carmel. The mayor of the city of a little more than 5,000 residents has been charged with a white collar crime. Mayor Chris Jones has been indicted by a Hawkins County grand jury on a charge of theft of over $250,000.
Channel 9 news reports that Chattanooga Police officers have arrested a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The 23-year-old is apparently a corrections officer who has been booked into the Hamilton County Jail where he works.
Classes have resumed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which means it’s time for students to find that balance of study and fun so that they can enjoy a productive time on campus as they work toward degrees and productive careers. For some students, those goals can suddenly appear nearly impossible to achieve after they have been arrested.
Across the country, attorneys general in nearly every state have made an increased effort to combat identity fraud. One way in which they are doing so is pressuring the Social Security Administration to move faster when identifying identity theft. The Attorney General of Tennessee has joined with the attorneys general of 42 other states and the District of Columbia to lobby the SSA for changes.
In many cases, the Internal Revenue Service has three years to audit a tax return. However, if a Tennessee resident fails to report 25 percent or more of his or her income, the government gets six years to audit the return. Generally speaking, this is considered a criminal matter, and the IRS is held to the beyond a reasonable doubt standard of proof.
Tennessee residents who attempt to defraud online victims may be charged with offenses related to internet fraud. This type of crime includes using software with internet access or internet services to deceive victims in some manner. Every year, millions of dollars are stolen from people online, and the internet crime schemes responsible for the theft have many forms.
In the state of Tennessee, identity theft is a felony punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Furthermore, the state may recoup legal costs in a criminal case in addition to a prison sentence and fine. In a civil case, victims of identity theft can be awarded up to three times their actual damages. They may also be awarded the greater of $10,000 or $5,000 a day that their identity was assumed.
If you have heard stories of people being accused of embezzling in Tennessee, you probably have some idea that embezzlement entails some form of theft. However, if you ever find yourself on the other end of an embezzlement accusation, understanding a bit more about these types of allegations will be important as you move through your defense process.
Tennessee residents who are charged with any form of criminal offense, including a white collar crime, may have the opportunity to enter into a plea bargain with prosecutors. This can sometimes lessen the consequences a person may face and also eliminate any uncertainty associated with going to trial. However, it may also require them to plead guilty instead of pursuing their innocence.
In the last couple of decades, identity theft has become a hot topic in Tennessee and around the nation as our world has become increasingly digital. However, many people may not realize that what can be construed as identity theft includes an extremely broad range of things. In short, identity theft is not simple and many things can lead a person to being accused of this type of white collar crime. Understanding these is important.