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October 2017 Archives

Florida man sentenced in wire fraud case

The owner and operator of a Florida investment firm received a sentence of five years in federal prison on October 17 on fraud charges. Federal prosecutors claim the man was involved in a conspiracy with others to defraud investors, which allowed them to accumulate approximately $6 million.

Florida woman pleads not guilty to human trafficking charges

According to an investigation led by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, a woman from Tallahasee and her partner allegedly enabled the sexual abuse of a young girl for 13 years. Investigators had been tracking the woman and her boyfriend since last year. Multiple arrest warrants were eventually issued. The couple fled authorities, but law enforcement soon arrested the fugitives.

Drug and gun charges send 3 Florida gang members to prison

Investigations by the Operation Northern Lights Task Force have resulted in the convictions of three men, ages 23, 24 and 33, for multiple drug and firearms charges. According to federal officials, they belonged to the street gang "Boss Life" that has been associated with violent crime in the Miami-Dade area. The men engaged in over 30 weapons or drug purchases with undercover agents from April 2015 to November 2016.

Man convicted on tax fraud scheme

A Florida man was convicted on several fraud charges following a jury trial that lasted almost two weeks. The Miami jury found the 28-year-old man guilty of 16 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of aggravated identity theft and four counts of money laundering. The man was also convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Court rules even sex offenders can use Facebook

Florida residents may be wary of how sex offenders use technology. However, the Supreme Court ruled on June 19 that they can still use social media. The court reasoned that the tool has become too important as a source of information to bar them from doing so. This ruling was in response to a law in North Carolina that made it a felony for sex offenders to view sites like Twitter or Facebook.

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