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July 2014 Archives

FedEx accused of drug conspiracy, pleads not guilty

Florida readers may have heard the buzz in the news lately about FedEx Corp., which was recently charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and drug trafficking in connection with deliveries to online pharmacies for their customers. FedEx, it is alleged, was part of a conspiracy to supply customers with prescription drugs illegally.

Cell phone ruling will not impact Florida like other states

Last month, we wrote a post regarding a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling which expanded privacy protections to criminal suspects with respect to their cell phones. The ruling, as we pointed out, requires police to obtain a search warrant before searching the contents of a suspect's cell phone under ordinary circumstances. Understandably, the ruling was welcomed by privacy rights advocates, including attorneys working in criminal defense.

Legal marijuana presents legal difficulties

The topic of legalization of marijuana for medical, and even recreational, purposes has been an increasingly important one in recent years as more and more states take sides on the issues. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are currently 23 states and the District of Columbia, which allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. As of now, Florida is not one of them, though it may soon be.

Medicare fraud charges should be met with appropriate defense

A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times recounts the cracking of a fraud case involving a Key Biscayne doctor, a kidney specialist, whose frequency of Medicare Part D prescriptions dramatically increased between 2010 and 2011, and then again between 2011 and 2012. The scam reportedly unraveled last September after a fanny pack of prescriptions signed by the doctor was given to authorities.

Search issues in criminal cases can be complicated

Last month, a 42-year-old Seffner man was arrested and charged with tax and fraud charge after police executed a search warrant on his home. The man, who had been under investigation for a month prior to his arrest, is accused of possessing guns, drugs and various items suggesting he had been involved in tax fraud.

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