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Protect Yourself From Telemarketing Fraud

We have all experienced unwanted phone calls telling us that our credit cards have been compromised or that we qualify for a “free cruise” or other perk.  But there are some local businesses that still call potential clients to sell services such as auto glass repair or carpet cleaning.  How can we tell the difference between an authentic call and a scam?


Understanding money laundering

Money laundering, also known as "dirty money" is the act of taking illegally received money and putting it through a system to make it appear legitimate. That money is then used to for very legitimate things such as to buy things, take trips, run a business or even put the kids through college.

A recent case of money laundering

Why isn’t there a breathalyzer to detect marijuana?

If you have ever been busted for pot possession or driving under its influence, the police probably asked you to give a urine sample. 

Why don’t they use a roadside breath tool like they use for alcohol? Because alcohol is very simple to detect, while marijuana is very complicated from a chemical standpoint.

The overlooked addict: doctors and nurses

It has been said that with every stereotype there comes a grain of truth. We have all watched House- the pain addled brilliant doctor who is also a closet addict. Or Nurse Jackie- the saintly nurse who when not doing the right thing is popping pills she gets from the hospital pharmacist- for a small favor.

The scary reality

Five things you probably didn't know about domestic violence

We all agree that ending domestic violence would be a good thing. We have all seen startling statistics. Maybe we even know someone who has been involved in domestic violence. While stopping domestic violence is the goal, we also must ensure that everybody's rights are protected and that due process takes place. This means that someone accused of domestic violence is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

What we all also agree on is that information is key. Here are five things you may not have known about domestic violence in California.

What exactly is petty theft?

Have you ever walked out of a store and realized you had something on the bottom of your cart you didn’t pay for? Have you ever not returned a library book?

If you have, then you may have committed petty theft if you had the intent to steal or permanently deprive the owner of his/her property. 

What does white collar crime mean?

We talk about it all of the time: white collar crime. But what does the term mean?

Essentially white collar crime is a crime that is committed by professionals- those who wear white business shirts with a collar. White collar crime usually involves bankers and those in finance, high level government jobs and suit-wearing business people.

Have you committed forgery?

Imagine these three scenarios. Which one is forgery?

  1. Your spouse asks you to pick up some groceries and hands you her credit card. You use it and sign her name on the credit slip.
  2. Your mother is sleeping but a COD delivery comes. You write the check and sign her name.
  3. Your medication prescription has run out. Your doctor is on vacation but indicated that you could contact her if you need more. You change the number of refills on the original prescription and take it to your pharmacist. 

How Many Of Us Commit Victimless Crimes?

Most of us like to separate ourselves from the word "crime." I'd never commit a crime, we say.

Yet what we may not consider is that most of us at some time or another are the perpetrators of a victimless crime. 


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