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

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

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

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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

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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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Miami Matchmaker Faces Criminal Charges For Conspiracy To Commit Marriage Fraud

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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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