One man has been arrested, and a second is still being sought in an ongoing police investigation in Iowa involving fraudulent payroll checks. The 40-year-old defendant was taken into custody on the morning of Jan. 30. He has been charged with two counts of felony forgery and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
When times are hard, people may resort to desperate measures to make ends meet. One Iowa woman may have been in that situation because she is being accused of committing over $300,000 in fraud. The investigation began after the mayor of a local town heard reports that a clerk had been throwing city documents into the dumpster. The documents included statements from unauthorized bank accounts as well as carbons of checks and deposit slips associated with those accounts.
In a somewhat unusual move, the Iowa Supreme Court has accepted a case involving a traffic violation and a $75 fine. While this seems like a far cry from the often momentous issues that the highest court of the state typically deals with, it raises questions that may be more important than appears from the fine at stake.
A former city clerk for Casey, Iowa, has been charged with mail fraud and arson. These are two very serious charges that can result in harsh penalties if the accused is convicted.
Mortgage fraud allegations are something that many different kinds of people can end up facing. Real estate professionals, appraisers and brokers sometimes have such accusations brought against them. However, a person does not have to be a financial or real estate professional to find themselves accused of this type of fraud. For example, mortgage fraud allegations are sometimes leveled at home buyers.
In a criminal fraud case, either the prosecutors may demand the turnover of documents as part of their investigation, or they may seize records and documents when executing a search warrant. Sometimes, as appears to have happened in a raid in Cedar Rapids, the federal agents obtained some documents or records that are protected or outside the scope of the search warrant.
Five men in Des Moines have been charged with federal bank fraud. They are accused of "flipping" homes, using short sales to generate a quick profit. This type of transaction is prohibited by the laws governing the banking industry.
At times, when a person is facing criminal charges, it may be worth knowing exactly what the specific charges mean. For example, fraud is a very broad way to describe a criminal act, so there are several types of charges that can be brought within this category. Each type of fraud charge could be handled differently by law enforcement and include different criminal penalties.
Voting is one of the cornerstone's of our country's government. Over the last several months, it has also become a very hot topic of discussion in Iowa. Not only have there been developments in terms of restoring voting rights to individuals who are convicted of felonies, but state officials have also dedicated significant attention to the issue of voter fraud.
People can make mistakes from time to time. In certain situations, a responsible person might do something that’s completely out of character. The reality, however, is that these mistakes can have incredibly serious consequences.