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1,000 Plus Missing Oxycodone Pills

1,000 Plus Missing Oxycodone Pills

More than 1,000 stolen oxycodone pills are at the center of a criminal investigation into Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock’s evidence department, according to sheriff’s deputies. This was just one of several new details from the closely guarded investigation that emerged in a probable-cause affidavit released Tuesday, the day after Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested evidence clerk Renee Lyn Hawkins on three unrelated drug possession charges. Deputies released her Monday after she posted bond, and Bock’s office fired her Tuesday morning. Bock’s office confirmed that Hawkins, 32, of suburban West Palm Beach, was one of the three clerks under criminal investigation within the department charged with storing and maintaining guns, drugs and other crucial evidence in Palm Beach County court cases. All three had been suspended… […]

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Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features. Fraud is most common in the buying or selling of property, including real estate, Personal Property, and intangible property, such as stocks, bonds, and copyrights. State and federal statutes criminalize fraud, but not all cases rise to the level of criminality. Prosecutors have discretion in determining which cases to pursue. Victims may also seek redress in civil court. Fraud must be proved by showing that the defendant’s actions involved five separate elements: (1) a false statement of a material fact,(2) knowledge on the part of the defendant that the statement is untrue, (3) intent on the part of… […]

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Florida Sexual Battery Case

Florida Sexual Battery Case

Sexual battery is an unwanted form of contact with an intimate part of the body that is made for purposes of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse. Sexual battery may occur whether the victim is clothed or not. It is a crime, which varies by state laws, so local laws should be consulted. A charge of sexual battery in Florida against a victim older than 12 years where a weapon or actual physical force was not used can be charged as a felony of the 1st or 2nd degree depending on several factors. You will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to assess your case. If you are identified for committing a crime you need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the taint and has experience… […]

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Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Henry and Lherrisson, both 22, each face multiple counts of sexual battery, robbery and false imprisonment. Their attorneys Andrew Stine and Josh Leroy in opening statements to jurors in the trial Monday said the victims’ stories were inconsistent. For a full report please visit Palm Beach Post article. Stine in his questioning of one of the teens asked him over and over again what happened to the clothes he was forced to strip out of that afternoon “You wouldn’t know to give your clothes over to police for evidence, because that’s something that you would expect law enforcement to know to do, wouldn’t you?” he asked the teen. “Yes,” the teen answered.” Investigators arrested Henry soon after the February 2010 incident, and a day later they arrested then 17-year-old Spencer… […]

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Car Theft in West Palm is a Troubling Trend

Car Theft in West Palm is a Troubling Trend

Experts have been reporting a strong decline in the number of car thefts over the past decade. This decline may be a result of new and improved security technology, better response rates on the side of law enforcement, or a variety of other reasons. However, the Palm Beach Post has recently published an article attesting that fun fact, after a near decade of declining car thefts, grand theft auto seems to be a crime on the rise yet again. More often than not, cars are stolen and used to commit other crimes, or are stripped and sold for parts. Grand Theft Car theft is charged as grand theft as the value of the property stolen is greater than $300. However, this is usually not the only charge involved if you… […]

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Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Despite recent good news about the gradual decline in the rate of robberies and home invasions, the rate for the first quarter of this year has law enforcement on edge. Law enforcement has recently been boasting about an improved response rate to robberies, better technology and resources, and an all around better crime rate. However, it seems that things are actually getting worse, despite all of the new and improved efforts of law enforcement. Home Invasion A home invasion robbery is much different than a burglary. For instance, home invasion is considered the act of illegally entering (or breaking and entering) a private and occupied dwelling with violent intent for the purpose of committing a crime against the occupants such as robbery or assault. Burglary is simply illegally entering a… […]

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Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Jeff George, often discussed in previous posts as a kingpin of pill mills, has finally been ordered to pay financial restitution to the family of 24-year-old Joey Bartolucci who died from overdosing on narcotics in 2009, supplied by the pill mills operated by the George brothers. Pill mills are pain clinics that often prescribed powerful narcotics like Oxycodone without discretion. These operations are under extreme scrutiny and heavy investigation because of the rising number of Oxycodone related overdose deaths. It is simply just too easy for addicts and drug dealers to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs. Jeff George Ordered to Pay Millions According to an article in WPTV News, Jeff George of Wellington, Fla., admitted to killing Joey Bartolucci nine months ago, by giving him access to massive… […]

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BurgerFi Chain Involved in Embezzlement Lawsuit

BurgerFi Chain Involved in Embezzlement Lawsuit

The popular BurgerFi chain has been blossoming throughout South Florida. Many residents in the area have nothing but positive remarks when it comes to the chain. The restaurant also boasts its humane and natural meat, which is becoming a must-have in reputable burger restaurants. However, the chain is falling under some scrutiny as the current partners of the BurgerFi business entity are filing several lawsuits against David Mainiero after he abruptly split from the company earlier this year, without giving a reason why. BurgerFi and Competition According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, Mainiero’s ex-partners claim he was stealing from the restaurants to support his lifestyle, decorate his home and open competing restaurants. The estimated loss is around $1 million, according to Lee Goldberg, one of the ex-partners.… […]

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Judge in John Goodman Case Asked to Step Aside

Judge in John Goodman Case Asked to Step Aside

John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide in March of this year. While his case seemed to be resolved, his criminal defense attorneys were continuing to attempt to change the fate of Goodman’s case by accusing several of the jury members of misconduct. This case continues to complicate, while Goodman still sits in a cell, convicted of drunkenly hitting another person’s vehicle, sending that car careening into a canal where the victim drowned. Jury Called in for Questioning According to a previous post, the possible misconduct concerns were spelled out in a 77-page document and defense attorneys say they came from a fellow juror. Goodman’s attorneys say that juror said members of the jury panel, throughout the trial,… […]

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How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

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