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Purchasing Oxycodone Without Prescription

Purchasing Oxycodone Without Prescription

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. — A Broward sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for possessing a controlled substance. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs and the Public Corruption Task Force arrested 45-year-old John Brindle on Friday on one count of possession of a controlled substance. A sheriff’s office statement says investigators received a tip that Brindle was purchasing oxycodone pills without a prescription in Oakland Park. Detectives conducted surveillance and later arrested him after he purchased the pills. He is currently suspended with pay pending prosecution by the State Attorney’s Office. Source, full story Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller belonging to the opiate family. As such, those taking the drug are at an increased risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Doctors typically prescribe this medication for those… […]

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Florida State With The Highest Incidence Of Fraud

Florida State With The Highest Incidence Of Fraud

More than 30 different categories of complaints were recorded in 2011. Identity theft was the most common one, representing 15 percent of all complaints. Many other categories relate to a growing number of Americans in debt as a result of the recession and the housing crash. Debt collection fraud was the second most common category, defined by the FTC as consumers reporting abuse by both legitimate debt collectors and those pretending to be. Other categories included banking and lending scams, as well as scams arising from promises of relief from mortgage debt (source). From 24/7 Wall St.: When times are hard, fraud often gets worse. Americans are under great financial pressure, and there is no shortage of criminals waiting to take advantage of it. According to the most recent report… […]

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MLB, Banned Substances and South Florida Clinic Connection

MLB, Banned Substances and South Florida Clinic Connection

Under the new rules of MLB (Major League Baseball), which were adopted in November of 2005, a player who is found to be positive for banned substances is banned 50 games. MLB may have another major drug scandal on the rise. A South Florida clinic (Balco East) had been under investigation and now comes word that the name of Alex Rodriguez is a ‘patient’ at the facility, along with other baseball players. New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has hired an attorney and is denying involvement after his name  — along with those of other baseball players such as Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez — appeared on lists obtained by Miami New Times from an anti-aging clinic in Miami that allegedly dispensed performance-enhancing drugs. The names were on… […]

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Florida Crime Rate 2012

Florida crime statistics indicate a total downward trend in crime based on data from 11 years when violent crime was decreasing and property crime was decreasing. Based on this report, the crime rate in Florida for 2012 is expected to be lower than in 2010 when the state violent crime rate was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 101.17% and the state property crime rate was higher than the national property crime rate average by 65.97%. Each year, the FBI publishes crime statistics in its Uniform Crime Reporting program. The reports provide not only helpful statistics but also crime classifications and definitions. UCR categorizes serious crimes as Part I offenses and less serious crimes as Part II offenses (source). Part I Offenses Personal/Violent Crimes Aggravated assault: Unlawfully… […]

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Crime of Trafficking in Cocaine

Crime of Trafficking in Cocaine

Cocaine worth $2.7 million in luggage at Miami International Airport. The luggage from Quito, Ecuador carried an unusual cargo: 90 bricks of cocaine worth $2.7 million, WPLG-Ch. 10 reports. U.S. Customs & Border Protection found the cache in three suitcases at Miami International Airport on Thursday. No arrests were made. See the full story here. Cocaine is a schedule II controlled substance. Possession of cocaine is a crime in almost every jurisdiction. The consequences, however, are not always consistent. Possible punishments include mandatory rehabilitation, fines, and incarceration. In some countries getting caught with cocaine can lead to execution. In many cases, those who are convicted of possession of cocaine face imprisonment. The amount of time that a person will spend incarcerated generally depends upon the jurisdiction where the crime is… […]

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Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

A U.S. Marine who violated the trust of members of his unit in Afghanistan was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison for stealing their identities so he could commit tax refund fraud. Jobson Cenor, of North Miami, had been stationed in Afghanistan when he got the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of more than 100 Marines, many of them from his own unit. He sent the personal information to a Coral Springs woman who agreed to use it to file false tax refunds and split the money with him. The plot unraveled when Cenor’s accomplice, Dorothy Boulin, talked to a FBI informant about filing fake tax returns. When Boulin was arrested in February, she began cooperating with the FBI and placed a recorded phone call to… […]

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Red Light Cameras Means Big Bucks In Florida. Are Red Light Cameras Unconstitutional?

Red Light Cameras Means Big Bucks In Florida. Are Red Light Cameras Unconstitutional?

South Florida is installing red-light cameras, at traffic lights, faster than you can say: “this is a stick-up.” Authorities claim it makes the streets safer. Drivers caught on camera running red lights are hit with hefty fines and many see it as nothing more than a money making scheme by cities to make up for budget deficits and falling property-tax revenues. These red light camera tickets must be dealt with, since they are traffic offenses. If you choose to ignore the ticket or citation, your Florida driver license could be suspended and your auto insurance rates could increase. ARE RED CAMERA LIGHTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL? Last May, a Pasco County, Florida judge ruled that red light cameras are unconstitutional. Finally, a judge that stands up for the rights of Florida’s citizens. The… […]

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What is Happening with the Florida Drug Law?

What is Happening with the Florida Drug Law?

Fighting a drug charge can be extremely complicated. Now with the new changes in the Florida Drug Law, things may be even more confusing. A criminal defense lawyer is the best person to speak with if you have questions about the drug crime allegations against you. Since Orange County Judge Mary Scriven found the Florida Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law unconstitutional, charging offenders with drug crimes involving intent is becoming a grey area. Drug Law in Florida Judge Scriven called the law “atavistic and repugnant to the common law,” after Mackle Vincent Shelton, was convicted on a cocaine offense and sentenced to 18 years in prison even though he was unaware that his friend hid cocaine in his backpack. The idea behind the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Law… […]

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Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax fraud is generally described as the avoidance of paying taxes owed by illegal means. Tax evasion can be committed by individuals, businesses or corporations in regards to federal, state or local taxes. The IRS and tax laws consider many actions tax fraud, from scams to deceitful bookkeeping. Individual Tax Fraud Tax fraud may be committed by individuals that purposefully use deceitful means to avoid paying income taxes. These tax crimes can take many forms. The following actions may constitute income tax evasion (source): Deliberately under-reporting, omitting or concealing incomes Overstating the amount of deductions False deductions Claiming non-existent dependents Deceptive record keeping Claiming personal expenses as business expenses Hiding or transferring assets or income Failure to file tax returns Using a false social security number Concealing or destroying records… […]

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Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Animal Laws Protecting Endangered Species

Authorities in Pinellas County announced Tuesday the surrender of the woman shown in photographs taking a joyride on a manatee, classified as an endangered species in Florida. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, of St. Petersburg, turned herself in shortly after 4 p.m., Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials said. Deputies had met with Gutierrez at her home and questioned her. She admitted to riding the manatee and claimed she was new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees, investigators said. Deputies explained the law regarding manatees and the possible penalties for violating such laws and said charges would be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution. However, the nature of the crime this was not an arrestable offense because it did… […]

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