Illinois residents may be interested to learn that the Securities Exchange Commission has filed a claim against a former high-ranking attorney at Apple who allegedly used his position as corporate secretary to engage in insider trading. According to the suit, the lawyer either profited or avoided the loss of $382,000.
An Illinois man who previously co-owned one of the most popular restaurants in Chicago was arrested in Spain on charges of misappropriation of funds and wire fraud. The man previously owned Embeya, an Asian restaurant that won accolades for its innovative design and cuisine along with the restaurant's chef. Despite its popularity, the restaurant suddenly closed in the summer of 2016. After the sudden closure, the man and his wife seemingly disappeared, leaving their car behind and parked outside their home in River West. After two weeks, police ticketed the car before impounding it; by that time, the two had apparently been outside the country for some time.
Of the many white-collar crimes in the world today, Ponzi schemes can be especially devastating for small investors in Illinois. Many innocent people have lost substantial sums of money through this type of pyramid scheme.
For corporate officials in Illinois and across the country, insider trading of securities opens one to prosecution and potentially serious consequences. Some federal prosecutors who have been heavily involved in major insider trading cases are now addressing the culture of leaks in the political system. Of particular concern is the political intelligence industry. Unlike traditional leaking of policy information to journalists, the industry pays for insider information in order to profit on the stock market.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois has created the Health Care Fraud Unit. This team of five assistant U.S. attorneys was created to prosecute health care fraud cases of all types, including diversion of controlled substances and fraudulent billing schemes.
On May 12, it was reported that an Illinois dermatologist based in Chicago was convicted on charges of health care fraud after he was accused of billing for care associated with fraudulently reported pre-cancerous treatments. The man, age 48, submitted false claims from 2007 to 2013 and faces up to 120 years in prison as a result.
On Feb. 21, an Illinois man who pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud was sentenced to three years in prison. The man had reportedly been involved in a scheme to defraud investors into investing in a convention complex located near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Illinois residents who entrust their finances to managers expose themselves to risks of embezzlement. A high-profile federal case illustrates the millions of dollars that managers can shift into their own pockets. It involves the former manager for singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, who alleged that he embezzled $4.8 million from her. Losses attributed to other clients placed the total funds embezzled by the man at over $6.5 million.
An Illinois woman was taken into custody by the FBI on Dec. 12 and accused of helping to facilitate a fraudulent international investment scheme. The accused woman is one of six people who federal authorities have named in an indictment. After she was handed her charges, the woman was set free on bond. Her next court hearing was scheduled to take place on Jan. 4 in New York.
If you're one of many business owners in Illinois, you likely relate to the blood, sweat and tears it often takes to grow a successful enterprise. Whether you own a small, family-run company, have built a large chain of stores or are the head of a major banking firm, chance are you've faced many interruptions and challenges on your path to success.