View Post

Do You Know About The “Decline” Credit Card Scam?

In Business Tips, Business Transactions, Dispute Resolution, Fraud & Embezzelment by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

“That’s strange, I have plenty of credit…try the card again.” “Hogwash!” cries Ginger Hollowell author of “Secrets of Credit Card Processing Fees Revealed” and Owner of the Electric Money Company. https://electronicmoneycompany.com/ “When a card is declined at point of sale, it means the card DOES NOT have enough credit for the purchase. That simple. ” According to Ms. Hollowell, this …

View Post

How To Be Pro-Active In Your Malpractice Defense.

In Business Tips, Contracts, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defense by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

Malpractice insurance will provide physicians with an attorney, but sometimes that’s not enough. According to a 2018 report by the American Medical Association, 34% of all practicing physicians have been sued.  And, if a doctor is still practicing past age 55, that percentage goes up to nearly 50%.  Since the prospect of a lawsuit is becoming almost inevitable, the need …

View Post

Ponzi Scheme vs. Pyramid Scheme

In Business Tips, Fraud & Embezzelment, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defense by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

New Mexico Has Known Its Fair Share of Scams. Back in the early 2000’s there was a buzz among professional women in Albuquerque. I became aware of it when a friend told me she was advancing $5000 from her credit card in order to participate in an investment program that was by invitation only, and open solely to women. She …

View Post

Why DWI Convictions Are Not Eligible For Expungement in New Mexico

In Expungement of a Criminal Record, White Collar Criminal Defense by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

The intent within the new expungement law in New Mexico is to “serve justice”.  Justice is not served by erasing the criminal record of serious criminals or those who may be likely to re-offend.  Alternatively, it also doesn’t serve justice that those who have made a mistake, taken responsibility for it and have avoided trouble since, continue to suffer a …

View Post

Expungement of a Criminal Record

In White Collar Criminal Defense by Larry Donahue2 Comments

Effective January 1, 2020 A comprehensive new expungement law authorizes courts to limit public access to non-conviction records one year after disposition if no other charges are pending, and to most convictions for felonies, misdemeanors and municipal ordinances after varying waiting periods. Specifically, the law allows for expungement in the following circumstances: Expungement of Criminal Records due to identity theft. …

View Post

Why Lying Is Actually Worse than Insider Trading…

In Business Tips, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defense by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

In 2004 Martha Stewart spent five months in a federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia.  After she served her time she still had to fulfill two years of unsupervised release, pay a large amount of money in fines to the SEC and step down as CEO from her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.  To this day, most Americans incorrectly believe …

View Post

What to do when your Professional License is at risk.

In Business Tips, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defense by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

Its more than a simple customer compliant. Those who work under a professional license know that formal complaints means that one’s ability to sustain their livelihood may be at risk. It is the decisions and actions in the moments and hours after a complaint has been communicated that can determine whether a professional will be able to continue in their …

View Post

When you think the corporate culture is fraud

In Business Tips, Fraud & Embezzelment, White Collar Criminal Defense by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

In the mid 1990’s I was diligently climbing the corporate ladder.  Having just graduated from college a couple years earlier, I was a bank branch manger for a regional bank.  I loved my employer.  It was a caring organization that operated in about half a dozen states.  They had taken a chance on a young kid and were further investing …

View Post

Administrative Leave? Time to Call an Attorney

In Business Tips, Employment Law, Fraud & Embezzelment, White Collar Criminal Defense by Vanesa LewingerLeave a Comment

Administrative Leave is a common practice used by companies when they are investigating claims that are more severe or emotionally charged. The purpose of an Administrative Leave is to remove the accused party or parties from the workplace, ensuring the safety of the workforce and allowing for a thorough and untainted investigation to occur. The leave protects individuals who may …