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Medicare Fraud – The Biggest Scam of Them All

Medicare Fraud – The Biggest Scam of Them All

For months, we’ve been writing about the different types of crime in Palm Beach County and South Florida. We saved the worst for last – Medicare fraud. There is no bigger crime in Palm Beach County and South Florida. According to 60 Minutes; “…Medicare fraud – estimated now to total about $60 billion a year – has become one of, if not the most profitable, crimes in America. And if you want to find Medicare fraud, the first place you should look is in South Florida…” It is bigger than mortgage fraud, real estate fraud, cocaine, crack, marijuana grow houses, Internet scams, pill mills, and all the others put together. Why is Medicare fraud so out-of-control in South Florida? Is it because of all the senior citizens who live in… […]

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For the Worst Crimes in Palm Beach County, Only the Best Attorney Will Do

For the Worst Crimes in Palm Beach County, Only the Best Attorney Will Do

When your reputation, your future, your record and your freedom are at stake, you need an experienced Palm Beach County lawyer who knows the law and local courts. Nothing else will do. Selecting the right criminal defense attorney will make a critical difference in your criminal defense case. You are making an investment in your future. How do I Find a Lawyer? You are already doing it by searching the Internet. Check the attorney’s website. Make sure the lawyer’s website mentions the crime you have been charged with. You need someone who is qualified and has the experience in your type of case. How Well Should the Attorney Know the Courts in Palm Beach County? Even though technology has changed the way many attorneys do business, nothing beats a local… […]

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MySpace Molester Arrested In West Palm Beach, Florida

MySpace Molester Arrested In West Palm Beach, Florida

A 24-year old man, Jeremy William Sherrill, was arrested last week by authorities and charged with luring women from MySpace and then sexually attacking them. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department, a man named “Joaquin” contacted a woman on MySpace and offered her employment. The 21-year-old woman said “Joaquin” asked her to meet him after 11:30 PM. The woman said that was unprofessional but “Joaquin” needed someone to start working immediately and he had to go to Fort Lauderdale the next morning. The woman agreed to meet him to discuss the job opening. Instead, the man drove her to a secluded spot and ordered her to perform sex acts. Jeremy Sherrill from Greenacres, a suburb of West Palm Beach, faces one count of sexual battery and one count… […]

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Did You Get Charged with Aggravated Assault?

Did You Get Charged with Aggravated Assault?

You lost your temper and got into a fight. You threatened someone with a deadly weapon like a gun or a knife. Maybe the weapon was a rock or a stick. Normally that would be a simple “assault” but if you threatened to harm, kill or rape the victim while you were holding the rock or stick, that is “aggravated assault.” Aggravated assault is serious stuff. Palm Beach County Assault Penalties Assaultis defined as an intentional threat by word, or an act that seeks to physically harm another, along with an apparent ability to do so. It is a second degree misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Aggravated assault is defined as an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill… […]

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Boynton Beach Man Charged with $39,000 Grand Theft

Boynton Beach Man Charged with $39,000 Grand Theft

A man from Boynton Beach, Florida, has just been charged with stealing $39,000 from his client. The man was accused of recovering money from an unclaimed property foreclosure and then never returning the money to its’ rightful owner. The State of Florida’s Department of Financial Services has been investigating this crime since last year and finally took the man into custody on March 30. He was released on bond later that day. What is Grand Theft in Palm Beach County? There are many acts of stealing that fall under the Florida “theft” law. Property can be anything from shoplifting to stolen cargo. Grand theft is the most serious offense. Any property taken that has a value of more than $300 is considered to be grand theft. Grand theft penalties vary… […]

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The Florida Death Penalty

The Florida Death Penalty

The death penalty, or capital punishment, is the killing of a person as punishment for society’s most serious crimes. The word ‘capital’ comes from the Latin ‘capitalis’ which means ‘regarding the head.’ Therefore, a capital crime was originally punished by severing the head. Capital punishment is legal in Florida. Florida was the first state to reintroduce the death penalty after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Furman vs.State of Georgia in 1976. Since then, 69 people have been executed at the Florida State Prison in Starke. Before 1972, murder was not the only capital crime in Florida. People were also executed for rape and, in earlier years, for helping runaway slaves. Now, capital felonies in Florida are restricted to murder. Types of Capital Murder Felonies in Florida 1) Capital Murder –… […]

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Did You Break the Law on Spring Break?

Did You Break the Law on Spring Break?

Spring break is here. After one of the coldest winters on record, thousands of people are heading south to Palm Beach County next week for some much-needed R & R. That means sun, surf, beach, golf, tennis, parties and nightclubs. It can also mean flashing lights, handcuffs, jail and bail – if you get arrested. Have you ever heard of the old saying, “Come to Florida on vacation and leave on probation?” Unfortunately, it is true for many out-of-staters. The most common crimes during spring break in Palm Beach County are: DUI, drunk & disorderly conduct, drug possession, shoplifting, theft, assault, weapons offenses and solicitation of prostitution. If you are charged with a misdemeanor DUI, you will go to the Palm Beach County Jail for the night and be required… […]

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Why You Need a Good Palm Beach County Criminal Attorney By Your Side

Why You Need a Good Palm Beach County Criminal Attorney By Your Side

This is what happens when you get arrested. First – you are sent to Palm Beach County Jail on Gun Club Road and you stay there until a bond can be set. Depending on the severity of the crime, your bond can be set automatically or you will have the right to appear before a judge within approximately 72 hours. Posting Bond You are entitled to a reasonable bond set by the court depending on the charge. A (bail) bond is a binding agreement to pay money to the court in the event you do not show up for court. It may either be a cash bond in smaller cases, or a surety bond if it is a serious charge. A surety bond is an alternative to cash bail. If… […]

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Palm Beach, Florida – What Happens When The Rich Get Arrested

Palm Beach, Florida – What Happens When The Rich Get Arrested

There is rich. There is super rich. Then there is Palm Beach. Palm Beach, Florida is a world unlike anywhere else – an ultra-exclusive island awash with spectacular estates and fabulously manicured lawns. It is a place where new money and old money play all day and party all night long. There are a few towns in America that are wealthier than Palm Beach but there is no town with more history or snob appeal. Even the rich get into trouble now and then. So what happens when a Palm Beacher gets arrested? They don’t retain a gentleman attorney from their country club. They go across Royal Park Bridge and hire an aggressive street fighter from West Palm Beach. Getting Arrested in Palm Beach Bail, of course, is a non-issue… […]

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Another Mortgage Scam Shocks Palm Beach County

Another Mortgage Scam Shocks Palm Beach County

A Boynton Beach couple, a Delray Beach man and a Miami woman were indicted in a $6 million mortgage scam yesterday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Carlos Cano, 53, of Delray Beach, Robyn L. Colon, 34, of Boynton Beach, Jose L. Colon, 52, of Boynton Beach, and Maria L. Lozada, 40, of Miami. The four are accused of defrauding three banking institutions and other lenders of more than $6 million in loans. Lozada used her company, Southeast Florida Marketing, to receive mortgage proceeds and cash rent payments derived from fraudulently acquired properties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s report. She recruited Cano and the Colons to pose as purchasers who submitted loan applications with false statements about their intent to live in the properties, their employment and assets.… […]

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