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How Even Small Crimes can Cost You 25 Years in Prison

How Even Small Crimes can Cost You 25 Years in Prison

Habitual offenders often receive much harsher sentences in the court of law. Even a petty crime can lead to extremely severe consequences if the offender is a repeat offender. An article in today’s WPTV News explores this idea. The article is as follows: NAPLES, Fla. – NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Pawning a stolen laptop brought Terrick Maurice Crosby an easy $150 in September 2009. On Thursday, Collier County Circuit Judge Frank Baker gave the 34-year-old something else — a 25-year prison sentence. Crosby faced up to 30 years under the state’s habitual offender law. His rap sheet dates back to 1994 in Miami-Dade County and includes robbery, grand theft, burglary and resisting arrest with violence charges. He was released from prison in 2006 after serving time for violation of probation.… […]

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What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

The crime of the day involves six different criminal charges including fraud, grand theft, and official misconduct. According to a recent article in WPTV News, the principal of Plumosa Elementary School in Delray Beach has been arrested on these charges. Priscilla Maloney is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of school furniture for a local business. Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe stated that she stole and misused school property. She allegedly stole a projector for her own personal use. McAuliffe also said Maloney submitted false paperwork to be fraudulently reimbursed. Her crimes add up to one charge of organized scheme to defraud, two counts of grand theft, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of petit theft. The Palm Beach County School District has since released… […]

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How to Avoid a Criminal Record When Charged with Grand Theft

How to Avoid a Criminal Record When Charged with Grand Theft

According to an article in WPTV News, Boynton Beach Police arrested a man for stealing a car with a newborn baby inside. A family called the police from a Shell gas station on the corner of Congress Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard around 2:45 p.m. after a man broke into their SUV and stole it from outside the gas station while they were inside. The family was hysterical as their 3-week-old baby was still inside the vehicle. The police report stated that a witness tried to follow the suspect onto Lawrence Road but later lost track of him. Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were able to catch the suspect a short time later after a brief chase at 6th Avenue South and Federal Highway in Lake Worth.… […]

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How Restitution Can Resolve Fraud Charges

How Restitution Can Resolve Fraud Charges

An article in WPTV News shows the continuation of serious fraud crimes throughout the state of Florida. A property manager allegedly fooled two elderly members of condo boards into signing checks for “cash,” pulling more than $2 million dollars from the condos. Grace Cushman Cromwell, 52, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of grand theft, organized scheme to defraud, and several other counts. According to the article, Cromwell worked for a property management company that managed two condo associations in West Palm Beach, Park Place (369 South Lake Drive) and Melbourne House (227 Australian Avenue). There are bank records showing hundreds of checks, made out to cash, were deposited into personal bank accounts of Cromwell between January 2006 and February 2010. Two members of the board were victims of the… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

According to the Palm Beach Post, an 18-month investigation called “Operation Easy Money,” concluded on Thursday with the arrests of 48 people, all food stamp recipients from Palm Beach County. Another 21 people are being targeted for this food stamp fraud, allegedly forging purchases and turning their food stamps into cash. Amos Rojas Jr., special agent in charge of the FDLE said that the recipients treated the benefits cards like a “personal bank account.” The money retrieved would be split in half, between the store owner and food stamps recipient. Perry Borman, regional director of the state Department of Children and Families, said the amount of food stamp money provided in Palm Beach County has increased 46 percent in the past year and currently totals $20 million. More than 81,000… […]

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How to Deal with Armed Robbery Charges

How to Deal with Armed Robbery Charges

Armed robbery is very prevalent here in South Florida. If you or someone you know has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, or aggravated battery, consult a criminal defense lawyer to learn more about your options and optimum strategies. Robbery in the News According to WPTV News Channel 5, police say a man wearing a pinstripe suit and a pinstripe fedora entered a Bank of America branch on Congress Avenue just before 12:30 and walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash. In a surveillance photo you can see him stuffing what appears to be stacks of cash into his coat. In another photo he’s seen holding a black and silver revolver. After he left the bank, the man took off his suit jacket and pants and was last… […]

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