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Political Ties, Money Laundering and Fraud Charges in South Florida

Political Ties, Money Laundering and Fraud Charges in South Florida

A powerful Delray Beach developer once tasked with helping appoint local judges also has ties so close to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office that it is backing away from handling his prosecution for allegedly cheating a sandwich mogul out of more than $1 million. Anthony Pugliese and his business manager, Joseph Reamer, are fighting charges of conspiracy to commit organized scheme to defraud, money laundering and grand theft. Investigators say Pugliese, with Reamer’s help, created fake companies and phony invoices to steal $1.2 million from Subway founder Fred DeLuca. DeLuca at the time was working with Pugliese on Destiny, a failed $111 million, 41,000-acre “green” community planned just south of Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County. Pugliese, 65, and Reamer, 54, turned themselves in to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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Pennsylvania Attorney’s General Gun Control Act and Florida Connection

Kathleen Kane, not even in office for a month, has decided to pick on Florida, and pick on us in a way that strikes at our very essence. We here in Florida take great pride in the number of concealed weapons permits our state issues. We were the first state to issue them, and today we lead the nation in concealed weapons permits, reaching the mark of 1 million active permits in December. You see, about 4,000 people who are Pennsylvania residents got their concealed weapons permits from Florida, not from Pennsylvania, where they really live. They’re not doing anything illegal by getting a Florida permit. They’re just taking advantage of something known in Pennsylvania as “the Florida loophole.” Elected officials in Pennsylvania apparently aren’t as eager to please the… […]

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Animal Neglect and Abandonment Are Too Common in South Florida

Animal Neglect and Abandonment Are Too Common in South Florida

Two starving horses languishing in a barn have been rescued by a good Samaritan and a newly formed equine rescue group. “They’ve been eating hay ever since they got here,” Victor Cutino said of Dreamer and Haven, both Thoroughbreds and one-time racehorses. With the economy still faltering, horse neglect cases remain far too common across South Florida, equine experts say. Epona’s Path, a rescue ranch in central Palm Beach County founded in 2009, has been doing similar work, taking in dozens of unwanted horses left to fend for themselves. “It’s gotten so much worse since the economy has tanked,” said Jeanette Jordan, president and executive director of the South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue. “People end up not being able to feed their horses. It’s really very tragic.” Starving a horse… […]

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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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Criminal Law and Arrests Involving Non-Citizens

Criminal Law and Arrests Involving Non-Citizens

The Federal Government’s “get tough” policies on immigration-related issues is creating havoc for hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of non-citizens wanting to remain in the United States. An ever increasing number of people in South Florida are being deported, sometimes years after being found guilty of the types of criminal offenses which, prior to the 1996 enactment of two immigration reform laws, were frequently overlooked by U.S. immigration officials. Aliens granted temporary stays for academic studies or temporary work and legal permanent residents (LPR’s) face devastating consequences when arrested for the types of criminal offenses which have significantly less life-disrupting impact on U.S. Citizens. Convictions for a number of criminal offenses, including but not limited to those listed below, jeopardize one’s ability to remain in the United States: Certain… […]

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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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An Initiative to Legalize Marijuana and 5 Worst States To Get Busted With Pot

An Initiative to Legalize Marijuana and 5 Worst States To Get Busted With Pot

In November this year Colorado and Washington voters passed an initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use (source). “The world of voters spoke and we heard them,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Obviously, the majority felt it should be treated more like alcohol,” he added. But there’s a big catch: marijuana is still listed as a Schedule One drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which makes it every bit as illegal as heroin. Gov. Hickenlooper is aware of the challenge: “If we can’t legalize it, how do we decriminalize it? How do we get as close as we can to the will of the voters? It’s not immediately apparent,” he told Scott Pelley in an interview early Wednesday morning. The Justice Department weighed in on Wednesday, according to the… […]

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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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