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How Common is Racketeering in Palm Beach County?

How Common is Racketeering in Palm Beach County?

There has been a huge public corruption sweep of Palm Beach County. The investigations of Chaz Equipment Co. are concluding as prosecutors say Chaz perused workers from nine local governments with extensive gifts like hunting trips, NASCAR excursions, pricey jewelry, and expensive gift cards. The company allegedly received at least $73 million over a decade in public water and sewer business, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis. According to the Palm Beach post, there are 77 criminal accounts including bribery and racketeering charges. The five Chaz employees (including owner Gary Czajkowski) and eight government workers are currently under investigation as there is no clear line linking exactly what Chaz distributed or received, or even what kind of work Chaz may have received based on the gifts given. However, Palm… […]

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How Pill Mil Brothers were Indicted for Weapons Possession, Not Drug Trafficking

How Pill Mil Brothers were Indicted for Weapons Possession, Not Drug Trafficking

In March of this year, federal authorities teamed up with the Palm Beach County police and raided pain clinics in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach owned by twin brothers Chris and Jeff George, 29. This was the beginning of a long and thorough investigation that has redefined the issues of prescription drug trafficking. The George brothers and the doctors working for them were earning millions from their pain clinics. Chris and Jeff George amassed millions in property and lived in excess while drug traffickers and dealers continued to route supplies from pain clinics owned by the Georges to Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina. Chris George accumulated approximately $40 million in assets, $25 million of which is still unaccounted for. One of the cash-only pain clinics was said to have… […]

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How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

According to an article in WPTV News, a sweep of 13 convenience stores and service stations across South Florida resulted in 23 arrests on Thursday. Michael Driscoll of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said, “They identified this group that has been defrauding the state of sales taxes and other taxes.” The Florida Department of Revenue launched an investigation after detecting low sales on sales tax returns from the group. The investigation took three and a half years. Mohammed Khan, 53, of Delray Beach, is the alleged head of the scam along with his wife Jharna Kahn, 47. Khan’s number two man, Mansural Islam and his wife Pervin Begam were booked along with five suburban Boca Raton residents into the Palm Beach County Jail. “They would take the money in… […]

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What is RICO in Criminal Law?

What is RICO in Criminal Law?

The RICO Act is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It is a US federal law that prosecutes ongoing criminal organizations like the mafia. Punishments allow for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action, or the right to sue or enforce the law on a defendant. Where did it come from? RICO was enacted in 1970 as part of the Organized Crime Control Act signed by President Nixon. The act was created to prosecute the Mafia, as well as other organized crime groups, and prohibits the creation or management of a gambling organization involving five or more people, and if it has been in business for more than 30 days or accumulates $2,000 in gross revenue in a single day. RICO and the Law By definition, a… […]

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