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What are the most common types of mortgage fraud?

Buying any piece of real estate is a complicated process that is full of many twists and turns. For this reason, it's not out of the question that you could make a mistake that results in criminal charges.

For example, mortgage fraud is a serious crime that carries serious consequences in the event of a conviction. For this reason, you should become familiar with the most common types of mortgage fraud:

  • Fraudulent loan documentation: You need to be 100 percent honest when submitting loan documentation, such as pay stubs, tax returns and other financial information. Forging or altering this documentation can result in trouble.
  • Stolen identity: You should only use your name and personal information when applying for a mortgage. Using a stolen or fictitious identity is against the law.
  • Inflated appraisal: This doesn't typically come into play from the buyer's perspective. Instead, it's when an appraiser and loan officer work together to place a high appraisal value on the property, all with the idea of making it easier to complete the deal.

Can you get car insurance after a DUI conviction?

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, it goes without saying that your mind will begin to race.

How will this impact your personal and professional lives? What about your finances? Could you end up in jail?

Distinguishing between robbery, theft and burglary

Many use the terms robbery, theft and burglary as if they all described the same crime. While each are similar in that they involve one individual taking another's property without his or her permission, they are different from one another in every other aspect.

Robbery, like theft, involves the stealing of someone else's property. An individual is generally only charged with this crime, though, if he or she acquires that property either by intimidation or force.

Maryland principal the center of DUI case

Everyone likes to have times when they relax, and sometimes, relaxing comes with drinking alcohol. No matter who someone is, there's a likelihood that he or she has had a drink in the past. The difference between some people is that they don't get behind the wheel when others do.

If you get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you're intoxicated and get caught, you could face serious penalties. Some people, like teachers or school administrators, could face trouble where they work as well. Since they're meant to be presenting a good example to their students, a mistake could end up costing them a job.

A Prince George's County officer is charged with mail fraud

A 33-year-old officer working with the Prince George's County's police force was arrested and charged with mail fraud on Friday, March 16. He's currently on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of his case.

Both the man's employer and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began looking into the possibility that the officer had devised an auto insurance fraud scheme in the fall of 2015. They narrowed in on the time between September 2014 and January 2015 as the window during which his alleged crime was likely to have occurred. Soon after their investigation began, the officer was stripped of his police powers.

DUI defense: Three things you need to think about

Any charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal violation, as a conviction can result in penalties ranging from a fine to a license suspension to jail time.

Since a conviction can change your life in many ways, it's important to learn more about your legal rights and the type of DUI defense strategy that best suits your situation.

What rights do you lose when you become a convicted felon?

Convictions for federal crimes, any other type of felony or even some misdemeanors can result in your civil rights being greatly restricted not just in the short term, but for the rest of your life.

Most convicted felons are restricted from applying for or receiving state or federal grants and benefits including food stamps, Social Security Income or public housing.

An arrest is made after several Subway robberies in Dunkirk

Officers with the Calvert County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a Dunkirk, Maryland, Subway restaurant on Jan. 14 after receiving calls of an armed robbery that had just occurred there. Another robbery a short distance away at a King George, Virginia, Subway had happened the week before.

In the weeks following the Dunkirk robbery, several other Subway restaurants were robbed. Secondary ones occurred at two previously robbed locations and another happened at the Anne Arundel County Subway. Two other occurred at Subways in Charles County. An additional robbery alos happened at a Shell gas station in Prince Frederick.

Do you know the types of credit card fraud?

From where you sit right now, it's hard to imagine a situation in which you will be charged with the crime of credit card fraud.

However, many people find themselves dealing with the aftermath of this crime. And if you're one of them in the future, it's imperative to understand what went wrong and the things you can do to escape the most serious punishment.

What is a felony DUI charge?

Any charge of driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to consequences that you never want to face. Unfortunately, many people find themselves in this position every year.

While most DUI charges are classified as misdemeanors, this is not always the case. There are times when a person is charged with a felony DUI. Due to the increased severity of this crime, a conviction could result in more serious consequences.

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