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Two Nevada Men Convicted Of Fraud Against Pittsburgh Seniors

By Gary E. Gerson |

Elderly people are among the most vulnerable to Internet scams.  Seniors are more likely to be lonely and therefore to respond to emails, Facebook messages, What’s App messages, and other forms of online communication when these messages come from people they do not know.  They also tend to be less Internet savvy; you might… Read More »

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Jury Convicts Huntingdon Valley Home Contractor Of Theft By Deception And Unfair Business Practices

By Gary E. Gerson |

The business self help books that you find for sale in airport convenience stores and at FedEx Office tell you to under-promise and over-deliver.  In many industries, your ability to meet a deadline depends on factors beyond your control.  One small glitch in the supply chain or workflow can set your whole project behind… Read More »

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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Money From Disabled Veterans

By Gary E. Gerson |

The first thing that comes to mind when most people hear the word “embezzlement” is a C-suite employee drawing checks on his employer’s account and making them payable to a shell corporation owned by the C-suite employee himself or one of his accomplices.  The charge of embezzlement can apply under less glamorous circumstances, too. … Read More »

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Yes, You Can Still Get Criminal Charges If You Act As A Confidential Informant

By Gary E. Gerson |

The media narrative on confidential informants tends to be that they are snitches who avoid criminal prosecution, but because they have betrayed their friends, they can trust no one.  In fact, it is often possible to dissociate yourself from illegal activities without telling all of your friends’ secrets to people who would use this… Read More »

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You Can Get Child Endangerment Charges If You Fail To Seek Medical Treatment For Children

By Gary E. Gerson |

Keeping children away from safety hazards is a big job.  Once babies learn to crawl, keeping them away from all the hot, sharp, and poisonous things in the room, even if these hazards are ordinary household items that are harmless to anyone old enough to have the common sense that babies lack, requires almost… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Senator Introduces Bill To Restrict Sale Of Kratom

By Gary E. Gerson |

So many substances that one might ingest are either a death trap or a miracle cure, depending on who you ask.  Some drugs that have been implicated in numerous fatal overdoses were once widely used in medicine, or at least were investigated for their therapeutic potential before researchers determined that the drugs’ risks outweighed… Read More »

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Yes, You Can Get Criminal Penalties For Writing Off Personal Purchases As Tax Deductible Business Expenses

By Gary E. Gerson |

Certain parts of the country are famous for their extravagance and for their propensity for stretching the truth.  The people of New York and Miami are known for their fancy residences, although these tend to be penthouse apartments in condominium buildings in New York and sprawling mansions in South Florida.  No one in Los… Read More »

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Do You Automatically Get A Prison Sentence If You Violate Your Probation?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Some prosecutors, judges, defendants, and family members of defendants see probation as an alternative to mass incarceration.  While a probation sentence is a major improvement over spending an equivalent length of time behind bars, it is not a perfect solution.  Even though probation enables defendants to avoid interruptions to their employment, it is still… Read More »

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Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity: Be Careful What You Wish For

By Gary E. Gerson |

Affirmative defenses are one way of casting doubt on the prosecution’s allegations against you.  When you use an affirmative defense, you are saying that your actions do not fit the definition of the criminal offense being charged, but that this is because of extenuating circumstances, not because you did not commit the act that… Read More »

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What Happens If You Are From Out Of State, But You Get Caught With Illegal Drugs In Pennsylvania?

By Gary E. Gerson |

Some events are worth traveling lost distances to attend, and many of these events are several orders of magnitude less fun when you are sober.  Without the booze, Mardi Gras in New Orleans would just mean watching high school marching bands perform while socialites wave from glitzy parade floats.  Imagine Woodstock without the drugs. … Read More »

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