Acronyms abound in the federal government, used as convenient short cuts to describe what are often long-winded agencies, laws and agendas. When fully spelled out, some apply to rather pedestrian groups and subjects. Others, though, emerge fully cloaked to denote highly controversial -- even explosive -- subject matter.
A plea agreement was entered in a federal court this month. The language of the agreement listed the federal tax fraud charges that were weighed against a Missouri tax preparer, including five counts of preparing false income tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Fruitcakes are apparently pretty big business in Texas. The former corporate controller of a fruitcake bakery in Corsicana, Texas, which is about 50 miles south of Dallas, is accused of diverting $16,649,786.91 from the business during his 15-year career. Because of the methods he used, federal prosecutors have indicted him not for embezzlement, however, but for 10 counts of mail fraud.
The advent of technology -- especially online developments -- has opened a new realm of computer-related activities in recent years that now capture the close attention of state and federal criminal law authorities.