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December 2013 Archives

2 Hernando County Officers Accused of Fraud, Grand Theft

Two veteran officers with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office were arrested on Friday in unrelated cases. Both are accused of grand theft, and one is also charged with organized fraud. All of the charges are third-degree felonies. Both officers resigned in the wake of the investigations, and a third officer has been put on leave.

High Court to Decide If Intent Required in Bank Fraud Convictions

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to resolve a split among the federal appellate circuits about whether a defendant can be convicted of bank fraud even when he never intended to defraud a bank and no bank stood any chance of being harmed. Should any financial scam be considered federal bank fraud if the money would be processed through a bank?

Feds Make Example of Minor Player in First-Ever Cyber-RICO Case

In 2009, a 17-year-old Arizona boy paid $330 for a fake ID he ordered from a seller named "Celtic" on a website called Carder.su. The site was essentially an eBay-like forum where anonymous users bought and sold illegal items.

Study: No Check on Feds' Sentencing Power With Mandatory Minimums

In the federal criminal justice system some 97 percent of all defendants plead guilty -- but are they, really? A recent study by Human Rights Watch certainly casts some doubt in federal drug cases.

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