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White-collar crime may seem like a victimless transgression compared to other illegal activity , but people still get hurt. Over the years, society has witnessed some incredibly brazen acts of white-collar crime, and even though these criminal acts were non-violent, innocent victims had their lives turned upside down by these callous criminals. Their acts usually involve stealing large amounts of money through embezzlement, fraud, and other nefarious schemes, and many of these criminals have borrowed similar strategies from one another. In the end, they always get caught. Here are some of history’s greatest white-collar criminals:

Charles Ponzi

Born and raised in Italy starting in the year 1882, the world had rarely seen the likes of this man. Although the way he performed his crime was performed years before by a Brooklyn bookkeeper to make nearly $1 million at the time, Charles will forever be remembered as the evil genius who mastered the Ponzi scheme and cost his investors over $20 million ($240 million today.) His scheme involved promises that he could not keep, but investors still trusted him to return a 50% profit in 45 days or a 100% profit in 90. The idea was to take cheaper postal reply coupons from other countries and sell them at face value in the United States for a profit. His plan worked for over a year before it finally caught up to him. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

Martin Frankel

“Marty” Frankel was born in 1954 to an American family, and used astrology to forecast important financial decisions. After being fired from his investment job, he used the alias “James Spencer,” among many others, to set up investment firms. From there, he continued to conduct himself in a manner that was increasingly scandalous. He continued to take money on false promises, and transferred investors’ money to his personal bank account. Finally, his crimes caught up to him and he fled to Germany where he was arrested for passport fraud and later extradited to the United States in 2001. He is currently serving a 16 year sentence in prison for stealing over $200 million.

Enron

Possibly the most criminal enterprise in recent years, Enron has become synonymous with white-collar crimes. At its peak, Enron was the seventh largest company in the United States, and its headquarters were located just south of Austin, Texas in Houston. The company’s executives used shell corporations to make the business appear more profitable than it actually was, and for a while their plan worked. It wasn’t until 2001 that investors started to realize what was really going on, and the price of Enron’s stock fell from $90 to nearly $0.70 a share. The truly despicable part of this tale is that the executives were able to steal millions of dollars before the company collapsed. Although many senior-level employees were sentenced to prison, the company’s founder and mastermind behind the plot died before he could serve is 45 years behind bars.

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Crash in Iowa


Posted By on Oct 5, 2017

Accidents happen to anyone, and it can happen to you. I recently purchased a new motorcycle, including my helmet and other safety gear. I wear the safety helmet, eye protection, and gloves, but I know that other motorcyclists are more at risk if they are not wearing the proper riding gear. I’ve been a motorcyclist for many years, so I know the roads in our state. I like to drive across the different counties in our area and take in the sites and country roads. I follow the rules of the road, but some other motorists obviously don’t. I think this is the third time since I got the bike two weeks ago, that I am going through an intersection, and an automobile doesn’t yield to me and turns left in front of me. Luckily, I avoided an accident in these situations. However, I don’t think that everyone is so fortunate. I was reading stats on accidents in our state, and the website states that more than 50 percent of motorcycle-vehicle crashes occur because a driver did not see a motorcycle. I understand that bikes are smaller vehicles, but if you are watching out for bikes when you are driving, I think that you could see them. I also read that nine out of ten motorcycle fatality victims were not wearing a safety helmet. However, it doesn’t help that our state doesn’t have a helmet law, requiring that all motorcycle driver wear one. I don’t get it. Automobiles require air bags and other safety equipment in the event of a crash. So, if someone hits a motorcyclist (who is not protected from the elements like a passenger in an auto), that motorcyclist is going to either fall or get tossed in the air, bike and all. It makes sense to me to always wear a helmet, but maybe the law will change someday.

I also read that in the past six years, overall traffic fatalities in our state have declined, yet motorcycle fatalities have not. I also read that more than 50 percent of motorcycle-vehicle crashes occurred because a driver did not see the motorcycle. I just don’t get it. If the automobile or truck driver is alert and watching out for the motorcyclist, then they should be able to avoid any collision. The rules of the road need to apply to all drivers, including motorcyclists who have a greater chance of fatality if involved in a crash.

I can understand why there are more fatalities with bikers. I’ve had to dodge vehicles that were forcing me off the road just so that they can get in my lane. Or another vehicle is honking their horn to get me to pull over so that they can get in my lane when I am driving the required speed limit. Well, motorcycles are vehicles with the same privileges as any vehicle on the roadway. If other drivers don’t start respecting the other drivers, including motorcyclists, then accidents will continue to happen.

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Property boundaries are some of the most overlooked issues in real estate. It is easy to ignore the legalities behind boundaries because people assume that boundaries are obvious enough to determine with the naked eye alone. But this is not always the case. There are instances where the boundaries are much more complicated than that. Disputes may arise and sour your relationship with your neighbors.

Know your boundaries

According to the website of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., almost every property has carefully delineated boundaries that determine precisely where the property owner’s rights to make altercations or otherwise exercise control over their property end. So, the boundary dispute may just have risen because of your lack of knowledge regarding your boundary.

Your boundary is documented, so you have to go through papers to determine the legal bounds of your property. This is usually found in your settlement papers, in the part where there is a property map drawn out and indicate your property’s boundary.

Talk to your neighbor

An essential part of any kind of dispute, not just real estate disputes, is communication. Go talk to your neighbor, tell him that he is already crossing into your boundary, and politely ask to do the appropriate actions to avoid encroachment.

It is a good idea to assume that your neighbor has crossed the boundary innocently, as this will create a less adversarial nature in your dispute. To make your claim stronger, bring your settlement papers with you, and give emphasis to the part where your property’s boundary has been clearly set.

Make the dispute official

If asking your neighbor politely doesn’t work, you can take the more aggressive approach – making the dispute official. You can write a letter to the land records office. This letter should be detailed, so you can make your case strong. Include settlement papers that prove your boundaries and documentations of your neighbor going over these boundaries. Making the dispute official gives your neighbor the impression that you mean serious business.

This may not seem like a “simple solution,” but that is arguable. It is likely that you will require a lawyer, and even complicated stuff like real estate disputes become simple if you have the help of someone who knows what he is doing.

Compromise with your neighbor

If making the dispute official is the more aggressive approach, compromising with your neighbor is the less aggressive approach. But this doesn’t mean that you will be submissive and go with the whims of your neighbor. In fact, your neighbor is the one who will submit to you.

You can make a document that lets your neighbor use the disputed part of your property, and indicate that the part still belongs to you and that it will not be subject to adverse possession. Also, there is the option of selling that part to your neighbor as well.

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Motorcycle Accident Injuries


Posted By on Feb 9, 2017

Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable motorists on the road. They are not enclosed in metal, unlike car and truck drivers. They rely on protective gear to prevent injuries when accidents occur. Nobody can deny that there are a lot of motorcyclists out there, because motorcycles can be more economical and accessible. That also means that a lot of people are at risk of motorcycle accidents.

Many attorneys specialize in specific practice areas like motorcycle accidents accidents because they are such major issues. For motorcycle accidents specifically, serious and sometimes fatal injuries can occur, which is why many attorneys cater to this issue. But the medical bills and the legal fees are all preventable, if everybody would just be careful on the road.

Below are the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents, because knowledge is the first step to prevention.

Road Rash
The most common injury that can be sustained in a motorcycle accident is road rash. This can be sustained when a rider slides to the pavement, creating friction between the pavement and the skin. The injury does not just include bruises, cuts, and scrapes. It can include infections, surface nerve damages, and skin irritations.
Sometimes, road rash cannot be prevented, especially on highly traumatic instances. But it can be minimized by using the proper protective gear that will protect your skin against powerful scratching. Wear leather jackets, motorcycle jeans, gloves, and knee pads.

Arm Injuries
When a motorcyclist gets ejected because of a crash or a collision, his first instinct is to put his arms out to lessen the impact of his fall to a surface. This has the tendency to put most of the pressure on the biker’s arms, resulting into injury. At worst, it may even cause permanent nerve damage to the upper body. To prevent arm injuries, always wear sturdy jackets and elbow pads when riding.

Leg Injuries
Another body part that is very vulnerable during motorcycle accidents is the leg. The most common leg injuries are large cuts, scrapes and road rashes due to skidding, shattered knees, and fractures. At worst, the injuries sustained may cause permanent disability. To avoid leg injuries, always wear pants, knee pads, and motorcycle boots.

Head and Brain Injuries
There is a reason why motorcyclists always wear helmets. The head and the brain are very vulnerable to damage once a motorcycle accident occurs. The victim may sustain a traumatic head injury. This kind of injury not just injures your head or deforms your face, it can also damage your brain. Brain injuries can result into cognitive problems, such as difficulty in reading, writing, and even speaking. At worst, brain injuries can even affect the motor and sensory functions of your body because of the brain’s limited coordination with the spinal cord.

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Nursing home personnel have a duty of care to its residents. When this duty is breached, the family of the neglected elderly has the right to sue the facility for not providing the appropriate standard of care. Differentiating it from nursing home abuse, negligence refers to the breach of duty or form of sub-standard care which results in harm to the patient. Given their age and state of strength, senior citizens are more prone to negligent care.

Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys will tell you that failure to provide adequate care needed to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness is tantamount to negligence or neglect. While they vary depending on the individual, negligence in nursing homes can be of four types:

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is much more difficult to detect than physical neglect. Humiliation, intimidation, terrorizing, or ridiculing the elderly is an example of emotional abuse. It is also known as psychological abuse and can be verbal or non-verbal. Signs of emotional abuse include low self-esteem, lack of eye contact, sudden mood swings, and change in sleeping patterns.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse refers to the use of violence or force resulting to bodily harm, pain, injury, or other forms of impairment to the victim. Symptoms of physical abuse may include unexplainable wounds, bite marks, cuts, scratches, burn marks, welts, sores, bruises or visible discolorations on any part of the body.

Personal Hygiene Neglect

When an elderly resident of the facility is denied adequate help with laundry, cleaning, bathing, brushing their teeth, or other hygienic practices, the nursing home is guilty of personal hygiene neglect.

Medical Neglect

Medical neglect takes place when the facility fails to provide adequate attention, prevention, or medication for concerns such as bed sores, infections, cuts, diabetes, or mobility problems.

Detecting the signs of nursing home negligence can be really challenging. It is important for an elderly to be constantly in contact with their families in order to open up about these abuses.

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