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August 2012 Archives

Bath Salts: New Frontier for Drug Enforcement Officers

Widespread media attention has put a spotlight on the newest trend in drug use: synthetic compounds commonly referred to as bath salts. Drug enforcement officials have been making efforts to combat the use and distribution of these drugs, but many have encountered obstacles in doing so.

The Consequences of White Collar Crime

Law enforcement officials in Florida recently began a crackdown on white collar crimes including financial and investment scams. Since taking office in 2010, the current Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida has led the effort to combat white collar crime, making restitution, the collection of money lost by investors in scams, a top priority.

Mortgage Fraud: Florida Is Number One

Florida is once again ranked number one on the nationwide mortgage fraud index. The Sunshine State has had the highest spot on the mortgage fraud index for four of the last five quarters, according to Mortgage Daily. The index is based upon the number of active criminal and civil cases in which lenders have been defrauded into approving a short sale or loan. In the first quarter of 2012, the state of Florida was home to $260 million in mortgage fraud.

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“Mark, thank you for everything. I will forever be indebted to you. You have stood by me and believed in me when it was not the popular thing to do. You are an amazing advocate.” Adam Filthaut
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