A federal crime that many people know about but may not understand is espionage. This crime, associated with spies, takes place when a person obtains secret information and then divulges it to others without the owner's permission. For example, if someone from a busy corporation tells a competitor a secret about the company's latest project, that might be considered industrial or corporate espionage.
Federal crimes aren't always violent, but they often have serious outcomes that impact people or the environment. Take, for example, this case of a truck driver who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for dumping 3,000 gallons of fuel in Georgia illegally.
Federal crimes can land you in prison and lead to long sentences. Sometimes, people are wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes they didn't commit. In worst-case scenarios, they face execution.
If you ever go online, you've probably seen the site GoFundMe. When used correctly, it's a way for people to seek and collect donations. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of the platform to commit fraud.
A former correctional officer with the state prison has now pleaded guilty to contraband-related charges along with seven other employees from the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Tax evasion is a serious crime that can land you in jail. That's exactly what happened in the case of Todd Chrisley and his spouse, who were indicted on federal charges. A federal grand jury decided on the indictment in mid-August and included 12 counts for wire fraud, tax evasion and other criminal actions.
Federal crimes, or crimes that specifically violate the laws of the federal government, are among the worst. They are investigated by federal law enforcement, and the government itself prosecutes the case.
Federal crimes can quickly lead to harsh penalties, and convictions often come with imprisonment. Take for example a case reported by the U.S. Department of Justice. They announced that 43 people who were defendants in a firearms and drug-trafficking investigation have been charged and convicted of those crimes.
Most states have hate crime laws that penalize those who commit acts against others based on their gender, race, sexual preferences or other protected characteristics.
Of all federal crimes, one of the most significant (and rare) is an aircraft hijacking. Aircraft hijacking refers to the unlawful seizure of an aircraft by a single person or group.