It’s easy to get wrongfully accused of identity theft. Just ask the victims of identity theft that got accused of it when they tried to report it.  When that happens, you’ll need an experienced attorney with a solid defense strategy. Since identity theft can be prosecuted at both the state level and the federal level,…

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Covid-19 hasn’t been around very long, but it’s already become a criminal enterprise worth over $13.4 million.  Most of the scams take place online. Perpetrators sell fake cures and counterfeit PPE, not just to individuals, but to agencies and hospitals as well. They run financial relief schemes and take advantage of remote work vulnerabilities to…

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People who want to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a focus for their fraudulent activities might want to think twice. The DoJ has made a firm commitment to put any cases touching on COVID-19 front and center of their current investigation efforts. This includes prioritizing: Cases where individuals are selling fake cures and faulty health…

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White collar crime costs society $1 trillion every year. It is the most common form of crime, far more common than violent crime, and yet is widely misunderstood. Indeed, many people believe that it’s extremely rare.  In part, it’s misunderstood because it’s so arcane. As The Harvard Business Review writes: “It bores us. Complicated financial…

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This October, PBS reported on a ransomware attack that hit a county health hospital in Wisconsin.  “Campbell County Health reported systemwide crippling of their computers that affected its flagship hospital and nearly 20 clinics located in the city of Gillette. For eight hours, the hospital’s emergency department was forced to transfer patients even though the…

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While even a single pirated movie or software package could result in civil penalties, it usually takes a lot more to spark a criminal copyright case. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take these seriously. When the FBI takes notice of intellectual property violations they are relentless, and if you are convicted you can face…

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of qualified criminal lawyers in the State of New York. These private defense lawyers handle theft charges, DWI cases, and even allegations of sexual abuse on a regular basis. While defense to any criminal offense requires a substantial amount of training and knowledge, cybercrimes seem to be a category…

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Our team at Koch Law has a particular focus on defending cybercrimes, including cyber identity theft, computer fraud, cyber warfare, DDOS attacks, and cyber terrorism. Unlike many traditional practice areas of criminal law, for example, assault or murder, the exact definition of many cybercrimes is consistently changing. What is the reason for a shift in…

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Last month, we wrote an in-depth blog post on searches of your home and other personal property. This sparked a lot of conversation around searches, warrants, and when law enforcement is permitted to search your property. While the law around searching your home might be well-known and established, the rules around cell phones, tablets, computer…

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