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January 2013 Archives

Food stamp fraud in Florida

When people think of white collar crime and fraud, they may often picture a wealthy criminal sunning himself on the beach, having absconded with millions of dollars in stolen money. Traditionally, fraud is associated with big stock deals, disingenuous insurance claims or other big-ticket scams.

Consensual police encounters and your fundamental rights

Back in November, a Florida man became engaged in a "consensual encounter" with a police officer, meaning that both of them entered into a conversation willingly. This encounter led to a search that discovered cocaine and the man ended up serving five years in prison.

Florida college students held back by criminal records

College is supposed to be a time for students to explore the world, get to know themselves better and test some boundaries. Of course this carries with it the risk of mistakes but more and more college students in Florida are seeing those mistakes haunt them for years.

Florida sees drop in hate crimes

139 hate crimes were reported throughout Florida in 2011, down seven percent from the previous year. However, the number of assaults increased. For the first time in seven years, attacks against individuals outnumbered attacks on property, with assaults making up 51.8 percent of reported hate crimes.

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