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Arrested For Prostitution and Solicitation of Prostitution

Arrested For Prostitution and Solicitation of Prostitution

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office sting on Prostitutes and John’s went into high gear in May 2013, with more than 100 criminal defendants’s arrested for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution. Prostitution means to provide the body for sexual activity for hire, but excludes activity between spouses. Prostitution can be accomplished by any form of payment to the individual providing their body for hire. As most realize, the easiest form of payment is money; but are you aware that a “quid pro quo” or “this for that” can also satisfy the Florida Prostitution statute. For instance, if someone provides a “ride” in exchange for sexual activity or provides another “drugs” in exchange to hire the other for sexual activity, the provider of the “ride” or “drugs” is guilty of the… […]

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Staged Accident Fraud in Palm Beach County

Staged Accident Fraud in Palm Beach County

Authorities said today they charged 33 people and arrested 26 in a staged-accident ring in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. Seven people are fugitives, including two alleged ringleaders that officials say have fled to Cuba. “Staged accident fraud has become the largest source of healthcare fraud in Palm Beach County,” said Marcus Christian, executive assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Sixteen of 21 chiropractic clinics involved are based in Palm Beach County. It’s the latest phase of a multi-agency operation that has been going on for more than three years and resulted in charges against 92 people. The defendants are accused of staging auto accidents and billing insurers for amounts officials said exceeded $20 million. (source) According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, staged car crashes are… […]

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Florida Animal Law Keeping Exotic Animals As Pets

Florida Animal Law Keeping Exotic Animals As Pets

WEST PALM BEACH — A tearful Steven Sipek, better known as “Tarzan,” acknowledged Friday that it is unlikely he will ever again be allowed to live with his beloved big cats after admitting he violated state wildlife laws by keeping two tigers and a black leopard in his Loxahatchee home. “I’ve taken care of animals all my life and now I’ve lost them,” the 71-year-old red-eyed giant of a man said outside a Palm Beach County courtroom after accepting a plea deal. “They have something against me. I don’t know what. I’ve done nothing wrong.” Source Florida State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. §68A-6.002 – Categories of Captive Wildlife. (1) The commission hereby establishes the following categories of wildlife: (a) Class 1: Chimpanzees… […]

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Criminal Charges Against A Teen

Criminal Charges Against A Teen

A 14-year-old boy is in the Juvenile Assessment Center after police say he tried killing another teen in a drive-by shooting. The boy, whose name isn’t being released since he is under the age of 18, is facing charges of discharging from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault with a firearm. He will be held in the assessment center while the Palm Beach County State Attorney decides if the boy will be charged as an adult. The shooting, which took place Wednesday, stemmed from a fight during the previous weekend at the Cinemark movie theatre. The victim — a 14-year-old boy — told police that the fight started after his cousin’s girlfriend was seen at the movie theater with another teen. At one point… […]

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Dog Owners Responsibility, Animal Cases in Florida

Dog Owners Responsibility, Animal Cases in Florida

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Charged With Attempting To Engage Minor in Sex

Charged With Attempting To Engage Minor in Sex

A 28-year-old Canadian who told who he thought was a 15-year-old boy that he was new in town from Canada is now new in the Palm Beach County Jail. Jonathan R. Vanstone, of Wellington, faces a federal charge of attempted enticement or inducement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct. Through the Internet application Grindr, Vanstone messaged an undercover law enforcement officer acting as a 15-year-old boy on four different occasions, according to agents with Homeland Security Investigations. On March 13, the officer responded for the first time to Vanstone’s messages who was using a screen name “Here’s Johnny,” according to a federal criminal complaint. The profile used by the officer was of a pretend 15-year-old boy. The profile’s main picture was of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Trafficking and Florida Pain Clinics

Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Trafficking and Florida Pain Clinics

A 50-year-old man was arrested at Palm Beach International Airport this week after he allegedly tried going through security carrying hundreds of prescription pills he stole from his mother. Steven C. Kerner, of Selden, N.Y., was arrested at the airport around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday on several charges, including trafficking in hydrocodone and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the airport and spoke with Kerner. He told deputies that he stole the medicine from his mother, a Lake Worth resident, who takes the pills for “severe” medical conditions, according to a probable cause affidavit. Kerner said his mother was not aware that he took the pills from him and did not have a prescription for them. The bottles did not have… […]

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Marijuana Grow Houses, Search Warrants, Illegally Obtained Evidence

Marijuana Grow Houses, Search Warrants, Illegally Obtained Evidence

A suburban Palm Beach Gardens man is in jail after a welfare check at his home found he was growing marijuana there, police said. Ryan E. Delanenuville, 37, was arrested Thursday on allegations of manufacturing cannabis, possession of marijuana and possessing a dwelling to manufacture a controlled substance. The deputy walked around the house and looked in windows for signs of distress or injury. The deputy saw cannabis plants growing in red cups under a red-and-blue lighting system, according to a probable-cause arrest affidavit. A second deputy responded and confirmed they were cannabis plants. The deputies got a search warrant and went into the home. According to the affidavit, 19 cannabis plants were found, as well as instructional books on how to grow marijuana (source, full story). Fourth Amendment The… […]

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Aggravated Assault Charges And Resisting Arrest With Violence

Aggravated Assault Charges And Resisting Arrest With Violence

With an open can of Steel Reserve beer in his hand, Marc Madeus, 31, of Lake Worth, strolled down the middle of the 700 block of North H Street in Lake Worth just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. A Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol saw Madeus with the beer and ordered him to stop. After the deputy yelled a second time for Madeus to stop, he walked about 50 feet, turned around and yelled a profanity. He then picked up a Heineken bottle and chucked it at the deputy, where it broke about three feet away according to the report. Madeus fought with the deputy when he tried to arrest Madeus, then Madeus threw the can of Steel Reserve beer… […]

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Florida Probation Rules, Violation of Probation and Probation Violation Defense Lawyer

Florida Probation Rules, Violation of Probation and Probation Violation Defense Lawyer

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp denied Wilson’s request to stop the regular check-ins during the remainder of her five-year probation term. The sentence began in December 2009 after Wilson, now 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter by culpable negligence. Wilson’s attorney submitted the request Jan. 31, describing her as a “model probationer” who now needs to travel frequently for her job. The State Attorney’s Office agreed with the proposed change, and Brondolo’s parents, Jill and Chris, also didn’t object, said prosecutor Andrew Slater. Along with the probation, Wilson’s sentence also required a psychological evaluation, a meeting with the Brondolos, and service as a spokesperson to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning, including talks with civic groups and schools using her experience as an example. Wilson fulfilled… […]

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