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.
A 51-year-old man received a 10-year prison sentence for embezzling millions of dollars from the Illinois credit union he worked for. The former Scott Credit Union employee was sentenced to a decade behind bars on Nov. 10 after he was convicted on nine counts in a federal indictment.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Northern Illinois has filed an eight-page criminal information document alleging a major sports memorabilia collector defrauded investors, customers and banks of more than $10 million. The wire fraud charges stem from an investigation by the Chicago FBI. The document claims, among other things, that the collector used a counterfeit Heisman Trophy to secure a $100,000 bank loan.
Largely considered to be a white collar crime, investment fraud can take a number of different forms. Among the most popular types of fraud that Illinois residents should be aware of is the Ponzi scheme. These schemes involve paying out returns to existing investors using capital invested by new participants in the plan. They are characterized by their larger than average returns as well as being marketed as little or no risk to investors.