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Houston has most identity theft in U.S.

Posted on June 29th, 2011 No Comments

A recent study found that 45 million people in the United States have manipulated their identification information when applying for credit cards, car loans, and cell phone service.

The study examined deliberate variations in Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and names.  The top 3 identity offenders identified in the study had used 417 manipulated Social Security numbers, 64 manipulated dates of birth, and 17 manipulated first names.

According to the study, 8 million people in the U.S. are using two or more Social Security numbers, 16 million people are using two or more dates of birth, and 10 million people in the U.S. have manipulated their identity by incorporating some of their spouse’s information into their own.

Houston was found to have the highest number of identity manipulators.  Other Texas cities that ranked high on the list included Dallas, El Paso, Corpus Christi, and McAllen.

To discuss being charged with identity theft with an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact the Houston identity theft lawyers of Ross Law Group at 713-523-0404 today.

Doctor sentenced to 15 months in jail for healthcare fraud

Posted on June 22nd, 2011 No Comments

This Monday, a Texas doctor was sentenced to a year and 3 months in prison for committing health care fraud.  In Novemebr, the Lufkin doctor plead guilty to charges of healthcare fraud made against him.  In addition to the jail time, the sentence requires the doctor to pay a $30,000 fine and $309,000 in restitution.

The doctor was the owner of a medical practice and emergency care center in Lufkin.  He and an employee were found to be defrauding Medicare and Medicaid by submitting false claims that stated the employee, who was not a licensed physician, was providing medical services.  As a result, the doctor illegally obtained about $250,000 from Medicare and Medicaid.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a white collar crime like healthcare fraud, contact the Houston white collar crimes attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to discuss your case.

Bill could change DUI penalties for .15 BAC and higher

Posted on June 15th, 2011 No Comments

A bill currently awaiting a signature from Governor Perry could change penalties for those arrested and charged with a DUI for having a blood alcohol content of .15 percent or higher.

The bill was written by Houston State Senator Dan Patrick and proposes changing charges for those with a blood alcohol content of two times the legal limit from Class B misdemeanors to Class A misdemeanors.

This bill could effectively double penalties related to DUIs.  If the bill is signed, individuals with BACs over .15 percent could face a fine of up to $4,000 and jail time of up to a year.  The bill will become effective on September 1st if the governor decides to sign.

Contact the Houston DUI defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today, if you or someone you know needs experienced legal representation to help in the defense against a drunk driving charge.

Organized theft causes retailers to raise prices

Posted on June 8th, 2011 No Comments

According to the National Retail Federation, organized theft has reached an all-time high.  Retailers in the U.S. lose about $30 million to organized theft every year.

Dallas ranked third on the list of cities in the U.S. with the highest rate of organized retail theft and shoplifting and Houston ranked fourth.  As a result of the loss of profit that stores experience when they are hit by theft, many retailers are increasing their prices on everything from electronics to jeans.

In a survey conducted by the NRF, 95 percent of retail companies said that they had experienced organized theft over the last 12 months.  Furthermore, the survey showed that organized retail crime increased by 6 percent between 2009 and 2010.

If you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting, contact the Houston shoplifting lawyers of Ross Law Group at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Police notice hair weave theft trend

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Police across the county have noticed that hair weaves are now considered to be commonly stolen, expensive items similar to jewelry, car parts, or electronics.  Today, the hair weave and extension industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.

A salon in Houston was recently robbed of $150,000 worth of hair weaves and extensions.  Another store in Texas had $85,000 of their products stolen.

Other instances of thousands of dollars worth of hair weave theft have been reported in locations all over the United States including San Diego, New York City, Los Angeles, and Michigan.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft in Houston, contact the Houston theft defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 and set up and appointment to meet with one of our attorneys today.