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Hialeah Mother And Son Accused Of Defrauding Elderly Relative Out Of His Life’s Savings

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The COVID-19 pandemic was terrifying for elderly Floridians and their families.  Several generations of retirees have placed their hopes on retiring to Florida, and saving their money toward that purpose, so that they can enjoy walks on the beach and frequent visits from family members.  The pandemic threw all of those plans into disarray. … Read More »

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BSO Supervisor Arrested On Allegations Of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

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The people who answer the phone when you call 911 have a responsibility to take all calls seriously.  No matter how strange the emergency that the caller is describing, the dispatchers must send first responders to your location until it becomes clear that there is no emergency.  (For this reason, making fraudulent calls to… Read More »

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Broward Gastroenterologist Faces Charges For Sending Sexually Explicit Messages To Teens

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In the past year, people who have never worked in the medical profession have spent more time than ever before thinking about how doctors spend their time.  Since last spring, the medical profession has mobilized its resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and its efforts have paid off to such an extent that summer… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Sexual Battery Charges For Alleged Attack On Colleague At Police Officers’ Convention

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The terms assault and battery almost always occur together when they occur in ordinary speech that most people are not aware of the difference.  In the context of sexual assault and sexual battery, sexual battery is the more serious charge of the two.  The difference between the two charges is whether physical force is… Read More »

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Case Against Broward Doctor Accused Of Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Images Prompts Proposed Changes To Law

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The law says that you are innocent until proven guilty, so what happens between the time that you are arrested and the time of your trial, when a jury decides the verdict?  It depends on how dangerous the judge thinks you are.  Some people stay in jail, and if they are found guilty, the… Read More »

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Fort Myers Woman Pleads Guilty To Financial Aid Fraud For Operating Phony Career Institute

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

People often say that college is a scam, but what they really mean is that it is prohibitively expensive, or perhaps they are complaining that college admissions recruiters often promise that their university offers a much faster and more direct route to a lucrative career than it actually does.  Both of those criticisms are… Read More »

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The Man Who Lived In Florida For Three Decades Under A Stolen Identity

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Young Floridians know that Florida is full of old people, most of whom do not seem very interesting.  They also know that a lot of stuff happened in Florida in the 80s, and it involved cocaine.  Of course, every mild-mannered retiree in Florida has a backstory, and this year, the truth came out about… Read More »

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Central Florida Couple With Conspiracy To Obtain More Than $1 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funds Through Fraudulent Means

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Almost everyone who has ever had a Facebook account has posted photos that they thought made them look impressive and cool, only to take them down later once they realized that the photos cast them in a negative light, whether they were simply physically unflattering or whether they presented the subject as foolish, culturally… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Teacher Arrested On Charges Of Soliciting A Young Child

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Before there was Facebook and back when Amazon only sold books, the frugal and entrepreneurial people of major American cities could turn to Craigslist to help them find gently used items at affordable prices and to look for opportunities for short-term and long-term employment.  Likewise, before Tinder and its ilk, Craigslist was a place… Read More »

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A Country Boy’s Journey To A Heroic Medical Career, The Fort Lauderdale Party Scene, And Then Prison

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Before Carlton Cash received his sentence after pleading guilty to drug dealing charges, his lawyer said that Cash was not a “typical defendant,” but no one is.  Many thousands of people get arrested on drug charges in Florida each year, and none of them fits the caricatured profile of the scary monster who wants… Read More »

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Treasure Coast Man Gets 15-Year Sentence for Defrauding Banks Out of $40 Million

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Pretending to be rich is nothing new, and some people are convincing enough to keep the fraud going for several years.  Anna Sorokin pretending to be a German heiress for several years, funding her lavish lifestyle with promises to pay later.  Christian Gerhartsreiter convinced everyone, including his own wife, that he was an heir… Read More »

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Bruce and Shawn Chait, the Real Estate Developers Who Pleaded Guilty to Bribing County Officials, Now Face Charges of Extortion

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Any Floridian who has read the local news, and any resident of the 49 states who has read a Carl Hiaasen novel, can connect the dots when presented with the keywords “golf course,” “real estate development,” “Florida,” and “corruption.”  Several years ago, a startling number of officials in the county government faced criminal charges… Read More »

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A Broward County Man Just Got a Prison Sentence for Underreporting His Income to the IRS, but Should You Worry About Your Tax Return Misdeeds?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Tax evasion is a crime, and we can all think of famous instances where people got into major legal trouble for not paying the taxes the IRS claims they owe.  You probably know the story of how Al Capone went to prison not for illegal sale of alcoholic beverages or for his alleged connections… Read More »

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Miami Nurse Accused of Using Fraudulently Obtained PPP and EIDL Funds to Pay Mortgage, Car Lease, and Child Support

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Some industries in South Florida have been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For example, bars and restaurants have been missing not only the tourists that didn’t show up this year but also the locals who stayed away out of fear of COVID exposure once the restrictions on public gatherings began to relax.  Retail… Read More »

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Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for his Role as a Money Mule in Jamaican Lottery Scam

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic and relief funds associated with it have dominated the news headlines in recent months, but Florida was no stranger to scams before the pandemic.  Elderly people are especially vulnerable to fraud, especially if they live alone, since scammers often prey on elderly people’s loneliness and lack of knowledge… Read More »

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BSO Deputies Arrest Father and Son in Drug Bust in Parking Lot of Pompano Beach Eatery

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

One of the best things about living in South Florida is that you can always get your fix of sunshine at one of the region’s many reasonably priced, outdoor seating only eateries where the food isn’t too greasy, just greasy enough.  While it might be fun to make key lime pie or lobster bisque… Read More »

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Down on His Luck Businessman Uses $7 Million of Fraudulently Obtained PPP Funds to Buy Maserati and Mansion

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

We can all agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a good portion of the fun out of the Florida sunshine, but there is a solution to that.  Are you bummed out that you can no longer watch movies at Florida’s dazzling cineplexes?  Just built your own home movie theater, pirate-themed décor and all! … Read More »

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Broward County Man Accused of Participation in Pre-Pandemic Identity Theft Conspiracy That Later Included PPP Fraud

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

By now, the instances of business owners making false statements in order to obtain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are well known.  The purpose of the loans was to provide emergency relief to businesses forced to pause or scale back their operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fact that the PPP prioritized speed… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Ophthalmologist Sentenced to 17 Years for Healthcare Fraud Receives Presidential Pardon

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Being found guilty at trial in criminal court and receiving a sentence is not the end of the story.  Of course, some people choose to serve their sentences and put the past behind them rather than going back to court about the same case, but your rights as a defendant do not end as… Read More »

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Jude Faccidomo Tackles Systematic Racism in the Criminal Justice System

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By a slim majority, the Board of Governors has voted to endorse a Criminal Procedure Rules Committee proposal that would allow prosecutors to request a resentencing hearing at any time. CPRC Vice Chair Jude Faccidomo told the board, “There’s this systemic racism that is deeply imbedded in our criminal justice system…and there is no… Read More »

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