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Flanagan High School Teacher Arrested For Statutory Rape Of Student

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

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

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

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

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

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

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

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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Former Miami-Dade County Employee Gets Six Months In Prison For Making False Statements In Order To Receive COVID-19 Relief Loan

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The COVID-19 pandemic has been extraordinarily disruptive to the daily routines and income of millions of working people and small business owners.  If you are still employed now at the same job where you were working before the pandemic, and if your income has not decreased during this time, you are one of the… Read More »

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Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Arrested For Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Domestic violence does not have to involve physical injuries, or even any physical contact, to count as domestic violence.  Stalking and harassment by a former romantic partner or an estranged spouse meet the legal definition of domestic violence, and people who experience these non-physical forms of domestic violence are entitled to the same protections,… Read More »

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Financial Crimes Charges Filed Against Both Alleged Victims In Pooh Shiesty Shooting Case

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Lontrell Williams, known by his stage name Pooh Shiesty, is only 22 years old, and he has lived in Tennessee for most of his life.  His star rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, when millions of people who were stuck at home streamed his songs, and when more than 670,000 people followed him on Instagram. … Read More »

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Aventura Businessman Sentenced To 82 Months For His Role In Scamming Medicare By Performing Medically Unnecessary Lab Tests

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The pandemic shutdown days of 2020 brought about a new normal.  It required some people to overcome their fear of technology.  Finally setting up online banking and communicating with co-workers by video chat are not everyone’s cup of tea, but for the cautious, they were better than risking exposure to a contagious illness with… Read More »

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Upon Extradition To Miami, Alex Saab Gets Most Charges Dropped, Resulting In A Maximum Sentence Of 20 Years For Money Laundering

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Recent efforts at the federal level to combat money laundering, especially instances involving wealthy foreign nationals hiding unethically appropriated funds in United States shell corporations and real estate investments, will make it harder for people to obscure the origins of large sums of money.  Meanwhile, some high-profile money laundering cases are still pending, including… Read More »

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Jury Finds Connecticut Man Guilty Of Trafficking Three Women To Miami Before Super Bowl

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Screenwriters look at South Florida’s biggest celebrations and see right through to the seamy underbelly, and the Super Bowl, which has taken place in Miami 11 times in its 50-year history, is no exception.  The crimes that go on while most people’s attention is on the big game, the halftime show, the commercials interesting… Read More »

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The Long Road To Justice For The Defendants Arrested By Deputy Notorious For Falsifying Evidence In Drug Cases

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In the hours after being released from jail after an arrest on suspicion of drug possession, many defendants Google phrases like “possible defenses for drug possession charges.”  When you do this, you find out that you can be acquitted if you establish reasonable doubt that the substance the police confiscated from you was an… Read More »

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Miami Man Sentenced To Prison For Paying Kickbacks In Connection To Drug Testing Lab

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Living with substance use disorder and achieving long-term sobriety is difficult enough, but unscrupulous actors in the addiction treatment and recovery industry make it even more difficult.  Unfortunately, a disproportionate share of such unscrupulous activity takes place right here in South Florida.  First it was the strip mall pain clinics where people would drive… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Teacher Arrested For Molestation Of 14-Year-Old Former Student

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Florida’s age of consent for sexual activity is 18, but that does not mean that everyone who has ever been sexually active before turning 18 will get in legal trouble.  The law generally does not punish teens who are close in age for having sexual relationships with each other unless coercion is involved.  Relationships… Read More »

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Former University Of Miami Professor, His Wife, And His Sister Face Charges For Conspiracy And Money Laundering

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Long before Facebook made it possible for college students to spread rumors to the entire world in real time, students have been making up far-fetched rumors about what kinds of criminal activities their professors might be up to when they are not in class.  Perhaps when you were a student, you and your friends… Read More »

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North Miami Man Sentenced To Prison For Identity Theft And Tax Refund Scheme

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Elderly people often lament that the current generation of young men tends not to embrace the 9-to-5 workday the way that their fathers and grandfathers did.  For reasons too complex to factor into the average grandparents’ grump session, salaried jobs are the exception rather than the rule for men in their 20s.  Some guys… Read More »

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Real Life “Bad Boys” Cops Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison After Drug Sting

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Nothing is better than seeing your favorite Miami landmarks on the silver screen, regardless of how you feel about the overall movie.  Scarface is a bit too gritty, and The Birdcage is too pollyannaish, but the Bad Boys franchise just might be the perfect Miami flicks.  The movies starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence… Read More »

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Miami Matchmaker Faces Criminal Charges For Conspiracy To Commit Marriage Fraud

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

When your relatives or friends tell you that you are getting married for the wrong reasons, the appropriate response is usually to tell them to mind your own beeswax.  Plenty of people who are happily married today entered into their marriages because of motivations that could easily make them targets of workplace gossip or… Read More »

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Four Floridians Charged In Multi-State “Grandparent Scam”

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

One of the ways that seniors can protect themselves from financial abuse is by simply staying connected to a wide network of family members and friends.  It’s hard to get drawn into a long phone conversation or email exchange with a stranger, in which the stranger will eventually ask you for money, if you… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Detectives Catch Minnesota Man Traveling To South Florida For What He Thought Was A Tryst With A High School Girl

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Parents of teens have plenty of things to worry about.  It is nerve-wracking to know that your teen is driving to school in South Florida traffic, even if she proved to you that she could handle the responsibility by saving all the money from her summer job and using it to pay for car… Read More »

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