Are you one of the many thousands of U.S. consumers who actively research restaurants and other companies before you decide where to spend your money? Review sites like Yelp and Angie’s List are prime examples of Internet destinations that aid American spenders in finding the best food, doctors, contractors, salons, and other services. According to a paper written by Michael Luca, assistant professor of Business at Harvard Business School, an increase of just one star on Yelp can increase restaurant sales by 5-9%. If you are a consistent contributor to review sites, be careful what you say—while freedom of speech
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Pfizer Inc. will pay $60 million to settle a foreign bribery dispute after authorities learned of misconduct in several countries including Kazakhstan, Russia, Croatia, China, and Bulgaria. Though officials at the pharmaceutical company claim not to have known about the bribery, The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice negotiated two civil settlements with Pfizer for a total of $45 million. Pfizer will pay another $15 million in other penalties. Light has now been shed on the illegal sales tactics of Pfizer’s foreign subsidiaries, which date back to 2001. Sales reps were offering bonus programs and point incentives
Approximately 20,000 tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games have been deemed invalid by the Office of Fair Trading. Three companies, Uncas AS, Euroteam AS, Ticket and Travel AS, and their director, Andreas Gyrre, have been charged with a High Court Order for sourcing thousands of black market tickets. The investigation began when Norwegian officials confiscated 455 tickets from a Polish man at the Oslo airport earlier this week. All tickets were from one Olympic Committee. International Olympic Committee member, Gerhard Heiberg explained that “some Olympic committees have sold tickets outside their country, and probably earned a lot of money on
It is estimated that more than one billion people will be tuned into the 2012 Olympic Games—on televisions, PCs, tablets, and mobile devices. To a cybercriminal, that equates to a huge opportunity. With so many people searching for similar information, Internet criminals are able to target a much larger population of people. And because of how integrated social media and technology are in this year’s games, Internet users are more at risk than ever before. There are several tactics that cybercriminals are expected to employ during the games: Viruses & Malware Applications: Olympic related pop-ups and advertisements; don’t click on
Jack Abramoff is one of the most notorious fraud artists in America, most known for his deceptive lobbying tactics which eventually landed him in a medium security prison in Cumberland, Maryland for three and a half years. Abramoff gave an interview with CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl in November of 2011. The interview, which was recently re-aired July 8, 2012, goes into the details of Abramoff’s fraudulent business interactions. Abramoff used gifts and other incentives, such as golfing trips to Scotland, access to private jets, free drinks and meals at his D.C. restaurant, Signatures, and tickets to sporting events and concerts,
Forgery is a serious white collar crime that can result in a lengthy prison sentence or very large fines if convicted. An individual can face criminal charges for forgery if, with the intent to defraud, the individual commits one or more of the following acts: Falsely makes, completes, or alters a written instrument Knowingly holds a forged instrument in their possession Offers or presents a forged item or a forged item containing false information, regardless of whether or not that item is accepted According to ARS 13-2002, forgery is a class 4 felony. In cases where a forged instrument is
Penalties for extortion range from moderate to severe. Some extortion crimes are charged as misdemeanors and others are charged as felonies depending on the situation at hand. If convicted of extortion, a defendant could be sentenced to complete a lengthy prison sentence or pay large fines. The government does not take extortion lightly, and defendants charged with this type of white collar crime will need to secure top notch representation before they appear in court. If you have been accused of attaining property or money by means of threats made towards another person, look to the extortion attorneys at JacksonWhite.
Extortion occurs when a criminal takes or steals something from another person through threatening means. According to ARS 13-1804, a person can be accused of theft by extortion in Arizona if they knowingly obtain or try to obtain items with a threat to do one of the following actions in the future: Cause physical injury, physical harm, or property damage Accuse someone of a crime File criminal charges against someone Release confidential information to subject someone else to public ridicule Use true or false information to ruin someone else’s credit Take away someone else’s personal property Blackmail is one of
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