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Meet The Inchoate Offenses: Attempt, Conspiracy, And Solicitation

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Sometimes a criminal court can find you guilty even if you didn’t do it.  One instance where this happens is with crimes of omission, such as failure to report child abuse; failing to file an income tax return can also count against you in tax evasion cases.  Another time when you can get a… Read More »

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South Florida Caretaker Gets 51 Months In Prison For Stealing $300,000 From Elderly Couple

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If you steal money from your employer, including but not limited to by diverting funds from the company account to your personal bank accounts, you can get criminal charges for embezzlement.  If your job is to manage the finances of elderly people who are not well enough to make their own financial transactions, and… Read More »

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Miami Doctor Gets Five Years In Prison For Healthcare Fraud

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More than 100 people have a student loan balance of more than $1 million, and a substantial portion of these unfortunate borrowers are graduates of medical schools.  Being a physician is a noble calling, and despite that it is one of the most in-demand professions, it is not always an automatic road to riches. … Read More »

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Worth Avenue Art Dealer Faces Criminal Charges For Fraudulently Selling Replicas Of Paintings By Famous Artists

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Prints of famous Andy Warhol paintings, such as the Campbell’s soup cans or the multi-colored portrait of Marilyn Monroe, can be found on the walls of every living room or diner in South Florida.  You might not know the name of Roy Lichtenstein, but you would recognize his paintings, which look like enormous comic… Read More »

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Delray Beach Man Gets 14 Years For Healthcare Fraud And Tax Evasion

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Marc Sporn, the defendant in this week’s news story, was in the business of telemedicine and telemarketing before the authorities caught up to him.  Telemedicine is one of those terms that, along with “contact tracing,” “herd immunity,” and “pandemic” itself, were little used outside the medical community before 2020, but which trended on Google… Read More »

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Professional Poker Player Faces Criminal Charges For Operating Fraudulent Investment Scheme

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Being naïve about financial decisions ranks highly among a lot of people’s regrets.  The good news is that Florida students must now take one semester of financial literacy education before they can earn a high school diploma; lawmakers hope that these classes will help the new generation think through financial decisions more effectively, including… Read More »

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Two Public Officials And A Banker Accused Of Conspiring To Steal Money From Miami-Dade County Through Fraud

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In Miami-Dade County, there is always a reason to celebrate.  From sun-drenched Christmas parties to celebrations of the music and cuisines of Miami’s diverse cultural groups, to simply opening the hurricane shutters and sharing a toast with your neighbors to celebrate the fact that you have survived yet another hurricane, there are always venues… Read More »

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Three South Florida Conspirators Receive Prison Sentences For Fraudulent Purchase And Resale Of Baby Formula

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Even if your children are well into the juice box phase of their lives, you have probably noticed that infant formula has been scarce on supermarket shelves in recent weeks.  If you have seen even a single news headline this month, you know that baby formula is the most essential of essential items.  Searches… 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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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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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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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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Former Miami-Dade County Employee Gets Six Months In Prison For Making False Statements In Order To Receive COVID-19 Relief Loan

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

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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

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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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