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South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Floridians Accused of ID Theft and Tax Fraud A Parkland man is among three South Floridians convicted in a $2.2 million identity theft tax refund fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said on Friday. A federal jury convicted Frantz Pierre, 33, and two others, Terry Pierre, 29, and Christmanie Bissainthe, 33, both of Miami, on 12 counts including conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government and aggravated identity theft. Pierre and the others used identities stolen from prisoners to seek $2.2 million of illegal refunds from the IRS which ultimately paid $1.9 million fraudulent claims, government attorneys said. Source IRS Steps to Combat Identity Theft and Protect Taxpayers The IRS is taking action to protect taxpayers from identity theft and helping victims of tax-related identity theft Over the past several years, the IRS… […]

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How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

As Thanksgiving fast approaches, there is a holiday buzz in the air. Everyone is preparing to shop and spend greater amounts of money in the coming month than they do all year. South Florida store owners need to keep a sharp eye as counterfeit money is unfortunately extremely common in the area, and Secret Service is seeing a spike in the amount of counterfeit bills in circulation already. Counterfeit Money in South Florida According to WPTV News, South Florida is one of the top areas in the country for counterfeit money. Ron Remer with the Secret Service counterfeit division in Miami stated in an interview: “This week we’ve almost hit $85,000 in counterfeit currency, and we’re not even at Black Friday yet.” Counterfeiting money is a very serious type of… […]

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Why BSO is Saying Lock Your Doors

Why BSO is Saying Lock Your Doors

Burglary is a crime where the charges can depend on the monetary value of the items stolen or the damage done. While unfortunate, burglary is very common especially in South Florida. This summer, the rate of stolen AC units for the copper materials reached an all time high. Cars are a constant target, especially for electronics like GPS units and other items of value left in the vehicle. In Broward County, the Sheriff’s Office is noticing that criminals are targeting cars with unlocked doors and are unfortunately finding many vehicles that provide an open invitation for burglary. Burglary and the Law According to Florida Statute 810.02: “Burglary” means: (1) Entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at… […]

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How Pain Clinics in South Florida have been Skirting New Laws

How Pain Clinics in South Florida have been Skirting New Laws

A consistent headline in the news is how pain clinics are a growing problem. South Florida is considered to be the hotspot for pain clinics and by proxy, prescription drug trafficking. Doctors at pain clinics have an underhanded reputation for handing out prescriptions like they’re candy for highly addictive drugs like Oxycodone. As law enforcement continues to crack down on drug traffickers disguised as pain clinics, drug traffickers continue to find loopholes around the law. Pain Clinic Central in South Florida WPTV News reports that Florida’s drug czar is warning South Florida law enforcement about potential loopholes that pill mills have found. The number of pain clinics trying to establish themselves as pharmacies has surged recently causing law enforcement to start sweating. While pain clinics do rake in a significant… […]

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