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A Miami Restaurant Employee Allegedly Stole Thousands from the Business By Voiding Transactions

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, a 30-year-old restaurant worker named Oscar Orta has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $33,000 from his employer. Mr. Orta is accused of voiding transactions many hours after they were completed and then pocketing the money from the cash register. He is facing felony theft and… Read More »

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Beer Vendor Arrested After Fraudulently Charging a Fan More Than $700 for Two Drinks at a Miami Dolphins Game

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, a beer vendor that served drinks at a Miami Dolphins game has been arrested for fraudulently charging a customer a total of $724 for two beers. Nathaniel Collier, a 33-year-old man from Miami-Dade County, was charged with grand theft. After being arrested, he was booked into the… Read More »

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Father and Son Pair Arrested for Leading $1 Million Miami Area Boat Theft Ring

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, a father and son duo has been arrested for allegedly leading a boat theft ring that spanned several jurisdictions across South Florida — including Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County. Prosecutors allege that William Baez-Cartalla and William Baez-Valdes were at the top of a criminal enterprise that… Read More »

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MMA Star Conor McGregor Arrested for Strong-Armed Robbery in Miami

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor was arrested outside of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel after he allegedly grabbed and smashed a fan’s cell phone. Miami Beach Police state that Mr. McGregor was charged with felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief in relation to the incident. Following… Read More »

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Criminal Penalties for a Petit Theft Conviction in Florida

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In Florida, petit theft is defined as the theft or use of property worth less than $300 with the intent to deprive the property’s rightful owner of the benefits of owning or using the property. As with other theft offenses, petit theft is charged according to the value of the items allegedly stolen. Details… Read More »

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What is Petit Theft?

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Petit theft is defined as the theft of property valued at less than $300 with the intention of permanently or temporarily depriving the rightful owner of that item. In other words, it does not matter if you intend to return an item taken for your own benefit – “borrowing” another person’s property without his… Read More »

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What is Civil Asset Forfeiture?

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Civil asset forfeiture is the legal right of law enforcement to seize items and monetary assets that are believed to have been purchased with stolen money or money earned through criminal activity. Items that are believed to have been involved in criminal activity, such as weapons or vehicles allegedly driven to complete drive-by shootings,… Read More »

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When Theft Charges become Federal Charges

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Theft is one of the most common charges in the criminal justice system. People across the state of Florida are charged with a variety of theft charges on a regular basis. The majority of these cases are handled in state court and with proper representation; they often end with light sentences and/or restitution payments…. Read More »

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Defending Credit Card Theft Charges

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Holiday shopping time has arrived again. The Christmas trees are going up and every other commercial tries to convince you that their product will make the perfect gift for your loved ones. Unfortunately, many individuals fall into the holiday trap by spending money that they don’t have or resorting to theft. Last year, the… Read More »

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Florida Theft Crimes

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The Sun Sentinel recently reported efforts by area law enforcement officers to identify and locate suspects allegedly involved in a crime called distraction theft. According to the article, two incidents occurred within the past week. The first involved an 88-year-old man who answered the door to his home. A man informed him that there… Read More »

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Shoplifting in the United States and Florida

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There are countless reasons why people feel compelled to steal. Poverty, drug use and the urge for instant gratitude are all causes of theft crimes. Many experts assert that shoplifting is just as attributable to psychological issues as financial problems. The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) calls shoplifting “the most prevalent crime in the U.S.” The organization estimates that… Read More »

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Winston Citation Places Theft Crimes in Florida in the News

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Petit theft made front page headlines last week when Heisman Trophy winner, and Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston found himself in the middle of an embarrassing predicament. According to a report by ESPN, Winston was arrested last Wednesday after allegedly leaving a Tallahassee area supermarket without paying for an order of crab legs and crawfish. Winston reportedly ordered the food from the store’s deli… Read More »

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