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December 2015 Archives

CEO of financial firm facing federal charges for fraud

The chief executive of a financial firm will be fighting federal fraud charges that claim he sold $179 million dollars worth of sham loans to an out-of-state investment company. The chairman and CEO of the Orlando-based firm allegedly forged signatures as well as produced false documents in order to give the illusion that around 26 loans backed by the government had been issued to Florida, as well as Georgia-based, borrowers. When individuals are accused of fraud and facing federal charges, they typically choose to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with defending against these types of charges.

2 indicted by Federal grand jury on federal drug charges

Two men from Charlotte County were recently arrested on drug charges. Federal agents suspect the two were functioning as distributors of methamphetamine throughout Charlotte County. When individuals in Florida are accused of federal drug charges, they typically consult a criminal defense attorney who has experience defending against these types of accusations.

Appeal highlights split among courts on federal fraud law, P.1

Earlier this month, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came down with a decision that further underscores the need for clarification of a federal fraud law. The court ended up overturning a conviction against a former New York police officer under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act based on the officer’s online chat room discussions with an undercover cop.

Florida makes top of list in analysis on fraud rates

Fraud, like other crimes, is ubiquitous in the United States, and is an ongoing concern for law enforcement agencies in every state. As a recent analysis by WalletHub show, though, some states are certainly more vulnerable to fraud than others, and Florida is among the worst in this area.

Online communications and criminal investigation, P.2

Last time, we began speaking about privacy rights in the context of criminal investigations involving online communications. As we pointed out, federal law currently does not require investigators to obtain a warrant for email and other online communications which are 180 days old. Federal courts have taken different positions as to what exactly the Constitution requires when it comes to police accessing email communications and when people lose privacy protections with email.

Online communications and criminal investigation, P.1

Privacy is obviously an important right when it comes to criminal investigations, and a good deal of criminal defense work focuses on privacy-related issues. When investigators fail to abide by a criminal suspect’s privacy rights, they can unfairly benefit from the breach unless a defendant asserts his or her rights. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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