There is an acute difference between committing a crime and breaking the law.
When an individual violates a law, often they do so without threatening or hurting anybody or anything. No victim, no crime. But, if a law was violated…..
Committing a felony today in America is disturbingly easy. Our federal government is constantly passing more and more laws, many of them so vague it’s impossible to be 100% compliant, no matter who you are.
Picture this; Your co-worker calls because he’s just scored tickets to see your team play on a Tuesday night. You never play hooky but it’s one of those offers you can’t refuse. You call in sick to work on Tuesday morning and go to the game.
Guess what? You just committed a “scheme or artifice to defraud” your employer to their “intangible right to your “honest services.” This is a federal offense.
Have you ever called in sick to work when you weren’t ill?
The statute of “scheme to defraud” is so obscure that a few years ago, the Supreme Court amended it to only be applicable to “bribes” or “kickbacks” which manipulated lawmakers illegally. Regardless of Court’s rewriting, not much has changed in how equivocal the statute is. It still implicates you for calling in sick to go to a game
If you figure the average American unknowingly commits three felonies a day, the question is how? When do we have time to commit all these crimes?
The ways are endless.
Let’s say you’re unhappily employed at a bank. You’ve noticed questionable security practices, and have alerted your boss about the matter, but boss never follows up. You finally quit your job, and after you leave, you let your family and friends know (via email) the company’s system could very easily be hacked, and to think twice before doing business with them.
You’ve just violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse law, which prohibits anyone from sending information, with the intent to cause damage, to a protected computer. The law’s definition of “damage” includes “impairment to integrity” of a system or data.
There are literally thousands of federal crimes like this, and counting. But the slimy part is the U.S. government doesn’t come after you if you break a law. The government comes after you if they choose to and decide which laws to enforce.
The Roman historian Tacitus once said, “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”
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P.S. If you have a single dollar to your name…
In a stock brokerage account or 401(k)…
If any payments are direct-deposited into your bank account whether it be Social Security checks… your paycheck… pension payment… or anything else…
Your wealth, your freedom and much more are at grave risk right now.