The consequences of a conviction for identity theft are serious and charges should be vigorously challenged.
On May 9, a New York man was indicted on multiple fraud charges. According to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, the 36-year-old was accused of stealing six house titles that belonged to owners that had died or abandoned their properties.
When people are accused of committing white collar or other federal crimes in New York, authorities often seize property that they believe was stolen or paid for with the proceeds of criminal activities. In some cases, authorities will freeze all of a defendant's financial assets even if a large portion of those assets are not linked to any alleged criminal activity.
On March 25, a grand jury indicted a Brooklyn tax preparer on 31 counts of tax fraud. According to reports, the jury found that there was sufficient evidence to show he had been helping clients falsify tax returns from 2008 to 2010. If convicted of the accused crimes, the preparer could face up to three years in prison and fines amounting to $250,000 for each count of tax fraud. Following the indictment, the preparer underwent a trial and sentencing process.
When it comes to crime and the criminal justice system, there's a popular-held belief that the punishment should fit the crime. While one could argue there are no victimless crimes, when it comes to so-called white collar crimes there are certainly wide variances when it comes to severity, impact and intent.