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Federal Crimes Archives

Learning more about larceny

Larceny may be thought of as a form of theft or its own crime depending on where the crime is committed. As a general rule, larceny is the act of taking someone else's property in Texas without obtaining permission or using force to get it. Other elements of larceny including walking away with an item and doing so with the intent to deprive the property owner.

Data shows anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise

Texas residents may be interested to learn that the number of anti-Muslim assaults rose from 2015 to 2016, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center report. The number of attacks against Muslim men and women in the United States is reportedly tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Study identifies trade fraud as growing problem

A global marketplace means that many products in Texas come from foreign countries. Unfortunately, trade fraud has become a widespread problem, according to a recent study. False records allow companies to avoid import duties, denying the government millions of dollars in revenue, and fake goods sometimes endanger consumers. From 2000 to 2016, federal cases against criminal importers rose by 900 percent.

About hate crime investigations

Texas residents who have been victims of hate crimes should be aware that the Civil Rights Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is tasked with investigating such crimes. Every year, the agency investigates hundreds of hate crimes and makes efforts to identify and prevent additional incidents by using public outreach, associations with various community groups and law enforcement training.

The elements of a carjacking charge

Those who steal a car that has been shipped to Texas from another state or country while possessing a firearm could face a federal carjacking charge. A carjacking charge may also apply in instances when a person merely attempts to take a car by force or threatens the person in possession of the vehicle. Furthermore, an individual must have the intent to cause bodily injury or death while committing the act.

Iranian hackers charged with cyber attack on universities

A group of nine state-sponsored Iranian computer hackers has been charged with a wide-ranging scheme to infiltrate the computer systems of American universities according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice. The deputy director announced that the hackers also broke into the network of a law firm in addition to the universities targeted.

Being accused of mail fraud

Most Texas residents know that using the U.S. Postal Service or another private or commercial interstate shipping service to commit a crime can result in federal criminal charges. If a person is accused of doing just this, that person will be charged with mail fraud.

How one minor offense can change the life of an immigrant

Imagine for a moment that you are driving home from a friend's house late at night. You see the red and blue lights of a police car flashing in your rear view and pull over. After approaching your car, the officer notes that there are empty beer bottles in the backseat. What do you expect might happen?

Proposed bill would permit hacking victims to hack back

Cyber attack methods are changing every day. As soon as one purported scam or virus is identified and squashed, another can almost immediately take its place. Because of this, federal and state governments dedicate enormous resources to stopping cyber crime and identifying those who engage in it.