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Hip-hop band members accused of white collar crimes

Police detectives in Charlotte, North Carolina said residents might be surprised at the prevalence of identity fraud that takes place in all communities. This is one of the white collar crimes in which friends, neighbors and relatives are often the victims of criminals. Seven members of a local hip-hop band were recently indicted in federal court after investigators claim they found evidence of involvement in complicated fraud schemes.

Reportedly, these individuals are facing charges for financial crimes totaling more than $1.2 million in identity theft and bank fraud. Particular details about this case were not made available, except allegations that the band members used fraudulent methods to obtain jewelry, cash and cars that they then flaunted on social media. An investigator says identity theft is often carried out by groups of people who involve friends and family in their scams.

Court documents indicate that the members of this gang allegedly approached people in person or on social media. They would offer individuals between $500 and $1,000 to open bank accounts into which the gang members would allegedly deposit forged checks and then withdraw cash before bank officials detected the scams. Further allegations include the suspects obtaining cars and phones with stolen identities and then reselling those items for cash.

North Carolina residents who are accused of white collar crimes remain innocent in the eyes of the law until, and only if, prosecutors have proved their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing these circumstances can seek the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to navigate any ensuing legal proceedings. A lawyer can examine the available evidence and devise a defense strategy designed to achieve the most favorable outcome under the circumstances.

Source: wsoctv.com, "North Carolina hip-hop group indicted in $1.2M fraud scheme", Brittney Johnson, Dec. 22, 2017

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