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What should I do if I was caught using a friend's credit card?

You didn't make the best decision when you decided to take a friend's credit card and start spending all their credit line on things you wanted. You didn't think they'd ever figure out it was you, and you knew that they could get the fraudulent charges reversed. You really didn't think it would come back to haunt you at all.

You might not have had a problem, but your friend mentioned that she was missing her card the last time you were together. Then, when you went to lunch, you said you'd pay and pulled out your wallet. Lo and behold, there was her card. She noticed, and you were busted.

Woman charged with felony drug trafficking in Lee County

Drug trafficking is a growing concern in many communities across the country. For some people, trafficking drugs may seem like the only option to make a living or to get themselves in a better situation, but the reality is that it can ruin lives and lead to harsh penalties if they're caught.

Drug trafficking can involved people of almost any age, even though it's often associated with younger individuals. Take, for example, this case out of Georgia in which a woman was arrested on a felony drug trafficking accusation.

2 face charges for identity theft and wire fraud in Georgia

Taking someone else's identity or using their credit cards is against the law. If you're spending money that isn't yours, you're defrauding others and could be accused of serious federal crimes.

That's part of what allegedly took place in this case that spanned across several cities throughout Georgia. A federal fraud complaint has been filed in the case involving men who are accused of scamming a limousine service and hotels in Georgia.

Growth in e-commerce increases fraud opportunities

Most consumers do not check their credit card or bank account transactions regularly. Even with the capability of accessing this information remotely from their own home computers or cellphones, many in Georgia will simply pay their credit card bills without a thought or assume they have a general idea of the balance in their checking accounts. Fraudsters can take advantage of this, sometimes using someone else's account for months before the consumer discovers the theft.

If you have recently reported a discrepancy on your bank or credit card statement, you may be surprised to learn that you may also be the subject of an investigation when authorities look into the matter. In fact, investigators may suspect you of committing one of several types of e-commerce fraud.

A good defense makes a difference in white collar crime cases

White collar crime is usually a nonviolent form of crime. It tends to involve the finances of major corporations or taxes, for example. Selling spots at universities to the Hollywood elite, for instance, is just one example that has been seen in America in the last year.

Did you know that, in 2019, white collar prosecutions fell to their lowest level since researchers began to track the cases in 1998? Even in cases where people are prosecuted, they tend to be lower-level cons or small financial schemes, not the major white collar crimes that you see reported in the news.

Defend yourself because drug charges can add up

Georgia, like most states, has its own way of handling criminal acts. From the possession of a weapon to drug charges, Georgia has laws that dictate how you'll be charged and potentially how you'll be sentenced.

With federal charges, you're dealing with a double blow. A federal case faces federal charges and penalties. Federal offenses, usually felony charges, often come with long prison sentences and severe fines.

Friendly credit card fraud is a real problem for consumers

Not all cases of fraud are intentional. That might seem impossible, but it's true.

With cases of friendly credit card fraud, a person might accidentally use a credit card, or its terms, in an illegal way. Here's a little more about friendly fraud and why it can lead to jail time and other harsh penalties.

Can you be charged for forgery if you sign someone else's name?

There are many federal crimes that people should not partake in, but one that needs to be discussed is a forgery. Forgery is an interesting kind of white-collar crime. It happens when a person copies or reproduces a document, signature or other item and claims it is the original, authentic item.

Not all instances of putting someone else's signature on a document constitutes a forgery. There are specific rules in place to make sure that only those who intend to harm others through forgery and truly break the law face penalties.

Pharmacists are new targets for federal drug charges

No longer focusing solely on the individual with a substance abuse problem, drug enforcement authorities are now turning their attention to those who supply the opioids. Doctors, pain management clinics and even the pharmaceutical companies themselves have recently faced civil lawsuits and criminal charges for their roles in the opioid crisis. Pharmacists have not escaped the wide net that the federal government has cast.

If you own or work in a Georgia pharmacy, chances are that you have dealt with a doctor or patient whose rate of narcotic prescriptions seemed unusually high. Perhaps you missed the signs, did not want to deal with the red tape or were simply too busy to investigate the situation properly. Unfortunately, if you lose track of how often these situations occur, you may end up holding a subpoena or facing an audit.

Man faces charges over stolen identity

Identity theft is a serious accusation to face. It's punishable by high fines and many years in prison. If you're accused of a crime this like, it's important for you to put together a defense for your case.

Take, for example, a case out of Kingston, where a man has been charged with felony identity fraud as well as other charges. He has now been released on bond, but the 37-year-old man is accused of being in possession of another person's credit card without her permission or knowledge. He made three purchases using the card, adding up to around $170. He allegedly signed the woman's name on the receipt during one of the transactions.

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