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Pyramid Schemes: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Gavel depicting pyramid schemes.

Have you ever joined a direct-sales company after meeting someone who seemed to have it all together; to be going places?

Have you ever gotten into sales at one of these companies and realized it wasn’t all that it was advertised?

If so, you are one of the millions of Americans who have, and there are millions more trying to fulfill the promises their recruiters gave them.

The fact that some will achieve these goals makes these businesses attractive to the vast majority of employees who probably won’t end up making even minimum wage.

You may be able to name a few of these companies right away. They are called multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, and they are prevalent right now.

So what sets these companies apart from pyramid schemes?

Vandalism: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Michigan criminal attorney, David J. Kramer
Law gavel, books, and Michigan vandalism criminal lawyer, David J. Kramer.

Vandalism is a serious charge and the consequences if convicted are stiff.

Bid Rigging: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Bid rigging antitrust attorney, David J. Kramer
American flag, gavel, and bid rigging antitrust attorney.

If you own or manage a company that provides the same services as many other companies, how do you remain competitive?

How do you deal with your competitors?

At times you may wish or choose to collude with your competitors; to agree beforehand with them who will win a bid.

By doing so, you can save a lot of money in the long run. You don’t have to put your best foot forward. You just have to agree with the other companies to put in the specified bid and wait your turn to collect.

However, this practice is illegal, and it’s called bid rigging.

Price Fixing: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Price fixing antitrust defense attorney, David J. Kramer
Price fixing antitrust defense attorney, David J. Kramer

If you have never heard of price fixing, believe it or not, there’s a movie devoted to this dry, illegal business practice.

This movie is called The Informant. It stars Matt Damon as real-life informant Mark Whitacre, who went undercover for the FBI to record over 250 hours of secret audio when he was an executive at Archer Daniels Midland, a large American food company.

The movie is based on a Kurt Eichenwald book by the same name. There is also an episode of the popular NPR radio show This American Life devoted to this story.

What is Price Fixing?

Antitrust Violation Attorney: Laws, Charges, Penalties & Defense

Antitrust violation attorney David J. Kramer
Antitrust violation attorney David J. Kramer

Are you being investigated for a federal antitrust violation?

Money Laundering: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Money laundering defense attorney - David J. Kramer
Money laundering defense attorney - David J. Kramer

Are you being investigated for money laundering?

Kickbacks: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Detroit Kickbacks Attorney David J. Kramer Law Firm, PLLC
Kickbacks attorney David J. Kramer

Are you or a loved one being investigated for kickbacks?

Intellectual Property Theft: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Gavel depicting Intellectual property theft

Intellectual property theft

Have you or has a loved one been charged with intellectual property theft?

The concept of intellectual property theft might not be the first crime that comes to your mind when you think of theft. However, with the rise of digital technology, intellectual property theft has become a growing issue. The cases for intellectual property theft are complex.

Insurance Fraud: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Gavel on book - Insurance fraud attorney David J. Kramer
Gavel on book - Insurance fraud attorney David J. Kramer

Are you or is a loved one being investigated for insurance fraud in Michigan?

In Michigan, if you have made a substantial insurance claim related to an automobile accident, you may be subject to private investigation by your insurance company.

Insider Trading: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Gavel, scales of justice and insider trading criminal attorney David J. Kramer

In the 1987 movie Wall Street, the character Gordon Gekko famously says “greed…is good.”

If you’ve seen this movie you know it’s one of the most famous fictional stories of insider trading.

Insider trading is one of the most vigorously investigated crimes by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). However, you don’t have to be like Gordon Gekko to commit it. You could be found guilty of insider trading without even trying.