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The consequences of Ponzi and pyramid schemes

There are many creative ways to start businesses, and typical business structures include hierarchical structures. Hierarchical structures often take the form of the founder being at the top of the system, risking more but potentially reaping the highest financial benefits. Meanwhile, the least experienced employees at the bottom of the hierarchy will likely receive the lowest pay.

The law on money laundering

Money laundering is a common white collar crime that usually occurs within loose business structures. It is the act of transferring money that was raised through any type of criminal activity into a legitimate-seeming source. This criminal activity could be organized crime, drug transactions or white collar crime such as fraud.

Is insider trading legal?

Insider trading is considered a white collar crime because it is usually committed by people who have access to sensitive information. Therefore they are likely to already be employed by a corporate firm when they commit the crime.

The varying types of computer crimes

With the constantly broadening use of digital technology in our day-to-day lives, the ways in which computers can be used to engage in unlawful activity is also growing. Unlawful activity can occur both in a corporate environment or at home. The computer or the use of the internet is seen simply as an intermediary tool from which to commit a crime, and it can be possible to commit the crime in question without the use of a computer or the internet. Computer-related crimes are commonly fraud or larceny, but it could be almost any crime.

What is restitution?

When a crime has been committed, it is quite common for the perpetrator to be ordered to pay the victims of the crime an amount of money. This is different than a fine, because the purpose of a fine is to punish the perpetrator. An order of restitution has a practical side to it; it helps the victims of the crime financially.

What are the legal implications of operating a Ponzi scheme?

Fraudulent activity in relation to creating Ponzi schemes is considered a relatively common white collar crime. It is a type of investment fraud, since the organizers earn money through scamming new members of the scheme.

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