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Broward Youth Cheerleading Coach Accused Of Enticement Of A Minor

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It is against the law for adults to have romantic relationships with minors, except when the parties are very close in age, such as a 17-year-old high school senior dating an 18-year-old college freshman.  Even when the inappropriate relationship only consists of text messages or online communications discussing a future or sexual or romantic… Read More »

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Florida Man Faces COVID Relief Fraud Charges After Attempting To Flee To Croatia

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Croatia is one of the world’s most underrated tourist destinations.  From its beachside resorts to its ski adventures, and its mild climate and reasonable prices, there is something for everyone to love.  If you are wanted for a crime in the United States, however, Croatia is not the place to hide out.  Like every… Read More »

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Boca Raton Businessman Faces Criminal Charges For Manufacturing Counterfeit Lean

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In 2022, no one is surprised to find out that doctors and pharmaceutical companies play a role in drug crimes.  If you search the archives of South Florida news sites, you will find plenty of stories about doctors who illegally prescribed drugs with high abuse potential, healthcare workers who stole controlled substances from their… Read More »

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Rapper Pooh Shiesty Receives Prison Sentence For Firearms Charges

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There was a time when having their music videos play in heavy rotation on MTV was the hallmark of a successful recording artist.  Today, curmudgeons would argue, audience’s attention spans are a fraction of the length of the video clips that used to play on MTV in the 1980s and 1990s.  For this generation,… Read More »

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Two Men Plead Guilty To Prescription Drug Coupon Fraud Scheme

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Clipping coupons is perfectly legal, but there are some instances where it can do more harm than good.  You might remember those reality TV shows about extreme couponers who would spend the equivalent of a full-time job researching grocery coupons and organizing them in preparation for a weekly shopping trip, only to end up… Read More »

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Four Palm Beach County Women Charged With Health Insurance Fraud

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Working at a medical office has its perks.  In the old days, photogenic pharmaceutical reps would stop by several times per week to try to persuade doctors to prescribe more of their cash cow drugs, and they inevitably came bearing gifts of cupcakes or donuts for the office staff; kids who grew up in… Read More »

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Coconut Grove Man Accused Of Money Laundering And Bribing State-Owned Companies

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The high-rise condominiums of Miami are beautiful to behold, but many of them harbor ugly secrets.  People say that, when you are rich, everyone is willing to let you buy things, with few questions asked, and if this is the case, then it is no surprise that many of the most sought-after real estate… Read More »

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Will Your Prison Sentence End Early Because Of Compassionate Release?

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One of the most stressful moments when you are a defendant in a criminal case is when your lawyer tells you the maximum penalty you could face; sometimes it amounts to more years in prison than a person can survive.  That is only the worst-case scenario, and most defendants do not receive the maximum… Read More »

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Three Broward Defendants Arrested In Bail Bonds Kickback Scheme

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Getting arrested and going to jail for the first time is a terrifying and bewildering experience.  The state does not have the right to imprison you except after you have been convicted of a crime and unless due process was observed in arriving at your conviction, and yet people get arrested and taken to… Read More »

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Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Gets Probation For Defrauding The Sheriff’s Department Out Of More Than $15,000

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Most workers are entitled to receive overtime pay during weeks when they work more than 40 hours.  If you are eligible for overtime pay, then you get 1.5 times your usual pay rate for each hour or partial hour beyond the 40th that you work in a given week.  In general, overtime pay applies… Read More »

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Med Spa Maverick Received More Than $1 Million In PPP Loans While Drug Charges Against Him Were Pending

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When med spas and “lotions and potions” multilevel marketing representatives try to sell skincare products to male clients, they act like it is news that skin care is for men, too, but in Florida, we have known this for decades.  Everyone who has been to South Florida has seen its impossibly handsome dudes, but… Read More »

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Nutritional Supplement Bros Headed To Prison For Conspiracy To Distribute Anabolic Steroids

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Anabolic steroids are to the human body as iguanas are to the Florida ecosystem.  The body naturally produces testosterone, which increases muscle mass, but anabolic steroids taken as pills or injections mimic the effects of testosterone except on a much larger scale, causing all kinds of dysfunction with the body’s own hormones.  Walk into… Read More »

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Employee Of Broward News Station Arrested On Suspicion Of Video Voyeurism

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Every journalist knows that cell phone cameras can be used for good or ill.  In some cases, images and videos captured on mobile phones can tell the truth in ways that verbal accounts cannot.  In their closing arguments during Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd, prosecutors urged jurors to believe their… Read More »

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Personal Finance Superstar Faces Charges For PPP Fraud

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The end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was one of the first signs that we as a society were going to have to learn to live with the SARS-COV-2 virus instead of waiting for it to go away as quickly as it had appeared.  Even though many months have passed since lenders last… Read More »

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Owner Of Non-Existent Healthcare Companies Gets Prison Sentence For COVID Relief Fraud

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Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevailing sentiment is that business owners, along with everyone else, will just have to find a way to live with the not-so-novel coronavirus.  In Florida, which has been especially hard hit by several waves of COVID infections, people are starting to see COVID as just another invasive… Read More »

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Flanagan High School Teacher Arrested For Statutory Rape Of Student

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Florida teens are known for their movie star levels of self confidence and for their encyclopedic knowledge of risqué lyrics, but their elders are not fooled by the façade and can see that the kids are just kids. Likewise, in Florida, the age of consent, meaning the age at which a person can legally… Read More »

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Five South Florida Defendants Imprisoned For Medicare Fraud

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Florida is famous as a permanent or seasonal destination for retirees, and there are plenty of ways to make money off of the Sunshine State’s old folks.  First, there are the legitimate businesses, such as early bird specials and senior breakfast menus, oldies radio stations, and bingo halls.  If you are not so concerned… Read More »

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Kodak Black Faces More Legal Trouble After Narrowly Avoiding Lengthy Prison Sentences Several Times

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The best movies keep you guessing until the very end whether things will turn out well for the protagonists.  Think of the most action-packed crime drama you have ever seen; it pales in comparison to the real-life experiences of Kodak Black who, at the tender age of 24, has been a prolific participant in… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Court Clerk Faces Charges For Theft And Fraud For Stealing Divorce Filing Fees

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Divorce can ruin your finances in a variety of ways; there is a reason that recently divorced people account for a disproportionately high percentage of divorce filings.  The court might order you to keep paying the mortgage on your former marital home, where your ex-spouse continues to reside, even as you are responsible for… Read More »

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Five Defendants Await Sentencing After Pleading Guilty In Fort Myers Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Case

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The court can order you to go to jail if you disobey a court order; this is called criminal contempt of court.  Jail time is not the only possible punishment for contempt; most of the time, people held in contempt of court must only pay monetary fines. If you have ever heard a divorced… Read More »

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