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What is Predictive Policing?

What is Predictive Policing?

Palm Beach County Law Enforcement is looking into using a new form of technology that may actually decrease the crime rate. Several other counties across the nation are adopting the use of “predictive policing,” a technology that collects and analyzes statistical data that supposedly gives police the ability to predict a potential crime scene. The use of this technology may have a dramatic impact on arrests, but it may also cause problems because technology may not always be reliable. Predictive Policing According to WPTV News, “predictive policing” is software that collects crime-suspect and trend data, analyzes it and compiles a list of crimes that may occur. Predictive policing differs from technology most police agencies now use, which compiles data after the fact to plot crime patterns. “Right now we look… […]

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How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

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What is an Organized Scheme to Defraud?

What is an Organized Scheme to Defraud?

Fraud occurs in just about every aspect of life that involves monetary transactions. In many cases, fraud occurs in organizations where the treasurer, or person responsible for organizing earned and paid revenues, is aligned with the person allegedly stealing money. Most of the time when the scheme unravels, both parties are prosecuted for organizing a scheme to defraud. Fraud in Palm Beach County Schools Two men who are former employees of the Palm Beach County school district are facing theft and fraud charges. According to a WPTV News report, former part-time adult education teacher Richard Russo, 63, was arrested on charges of grand theft and official misconduct. Administrators at the school became suspicious that he was submitting payroll sheets for hours he had not worked, according to the probable cause… […]

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What is the Law for Possession of Cocaine?

What is the Law for Possession of Cocaine?

Marijuana and prescription drugs seem to be making the news more often than others, but cocaine still has a strong presence in drug trafficking and other criminal activity. The law against possession of cocaine still stands strong and is continuing to land people who chose to possess or traffic cocaine in prison. Real estate titan Francis “Chappy” Adams was charged and arrested recently on a felony count of cocaine possession. The Crime Francis “Chappy” Adams, who runs Palm Beach County’s largest real estate firm, was charged with a felony count of cocaine possession last week after trying to board a plane at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the Palm Beach Post. He was stopped by TSA Agents after they noticed an “abnormal object” in his pocket after he passed… […]

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What is the Sentence for Crimes Against Elderly People?

What is the Sentence for Crimes Against Elderly People?

Crimes against elderly people often go unreported because the victim’s rarely contact authorities themselves. Usually, a witness or friend recognize something odd occurring and report the discrepancies to the authorities. Crimes against elderly people usually encompass fraud, burglary, theft, or any money-related crime. One Tequesta woman, 65, was young and nimble enough to escape a serious assault on her life. Assault on a Person 65 or Older According to WTPV News, a 33-year-old Tequesta woman with bipolar disorder was arrested on charges of assault on a person 65 years or older and committed for an involuntary mental health exam after she tried to kill her mother with a knife Saturday morning. According to a police report, Amy Kuryla swung a knife under her mother’s chin saying, “You are going to… […]

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Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

A West Palm Beach woman was arrested Monday after shooting her husband multiple times with a BB gun at a friends home. She called the police herself after an argument with her husband following the shooting. Spousal Aggravated Assault According to the Palm Beach Post, Darlene M. Garcia, 37 was arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly shooting her husband in the face and body with a CO2 BB gun and stealing his clothes. She was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and resisting an officer. Around 7 a.m. Monday, while her husband was at a friend’s house, Garcia entered the home and opened fire on her husband, according to the post. Her husband returned home and he and Garcia began arguing. She then called the police to their… […]

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How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

Have you ever wondered what type of felony it is to steal from an elderly person? Because of their age, it is a very sensitive crime and depending on the amount, can be a first, second ,or third degree felony. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, two women employed by the state have been caught taking advantage of an elderly woman and stealing from her while she was hospitalized for dementia. Grand Theft of an Elderly Person The women were adult protective investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families. They were assigned to protect 85-year-old Jane Janssen and instead stole about $20,000 from her bank accounts. Palm Beach Police conducted an investigation and arrested the women, Mindi Marie Berry, 33, and her DCF supervisor, Greta… […]

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How Problematic is Day Care Fraud in Palm Beach County

How Problematic is Day Care Fraud in Palm Beach County

Day care fraud is not a crime commonly talked about. It is the act of lying about your current salary in order to receive government assistance to send your child to day care. Even though it is not a crime that commonly makes headlines, it is still a problem in Palm Beach County. Day Care Fraud According to WPTV News, last year, 16 Palm Beach County parents were forced to pay back nearly $70,000 in stolen money. In one recent case a mother of three admitted she lied about her salary, submitting a dozen bogus employment letters so she could rake in more than $40,000 in day care subsidy cash. In another recent case, a mother failed to mention she worked for the government when she used the government to… […]

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Why it’s Dangerous to be a Pain Clinic Doctor in Palm Beach County

Why it’s Dangerous to be a Pain Clinic Doctor in Palm Beach County

There have been three pain clinic raids in the last 10 days in Palm Beach County. According to an article in WPTV news, Palm Beach County Police have been sweeping the county and cracking down on unregistered pain clinics and digging up more information on clinics that seem to be participating in suspicious activities. If you are a doctor or an owner of a pain clinic, tread with caution as you are now in the spot light of Palm Beach County Police. Pain Clinics Under Scrutiny According to the article, a Boca Raton doctor is behind bars, accused of handing out pain medications. Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies raided the Southern Care Pain Management and Wellness Center in Palm Springs Friday. This is the third raid of a suspected pain… […]

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How a Doctor was Arrested for Trading Oxycodone for Sex

How a Doctor was Arrested for Trading Oxycodone for Sex

Doctors who get caught and arrested for trafficking prescription pills are often caught due to witnesses or discrepancies in the prescriptions they assign, or even when pharmacies report suspicious activity by patients who come in for a large amount of pills. A doctor from Palm Beach Gardens  was caught because of attempting to trade pills for sex. The Scene of the Crime The following article can be found in WPTV News: A Palm Beach Gardens doctor had his license suspended after his April 28 arrest on charges of trading pain pills for sex, state health officials said Thursday. Dr. Scott Oster was arrested at a hotel on April 28 after he wrote prescriptions for an oxycodone drug to a woman he had arranged to meet for sex, the Department of… […]

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