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Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine Motions to Dismiss Charges

Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine Motions to Dismiss Charges

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine has filed a motion to dismiss the charges pending on one of his clients. The motion is to dismiss the charges in their entirety, or to dismiss the singular charge of solicitation on grounds of violating Double Jeapardy. The charge of solicitation alleges that the defendant has been charged with criminal solicitation and for theft of a trade secrets. What is a Trade Secret A trade secret as defined in Florida’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act is defined as something that derives independent economic value, actual or potential. The trade secret is not being generally known and not readily ascertainable by anyone who can obtain economic value from the disclosed information of the trade secret. According to Florida Statute 812.081, a trade secret is a… […]

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Ponzi Scheme in Fort Lauderdale

Ponzi Scheme in Fort Lauderdale

One of two Ponzi scheme suspects has been freed from jail on bond after he and his alleged accomplice were arrested on charges they defrauded more than a dozen investors out of more than $6 million, records show. Victor Brown, 54, of Hollywood, posted $150,000 bond for his release from Broward’s Main Jail on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, his business partner, Roger Green, 78, of Stuart, remained jailed on the same bond amount. Both men were taken into custody Wednesday on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit first-degree racketeering, authorities said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating the men and their Fort Lauderdale company, Military Air Parts International, after people claiming to have been victimized stepped forward with complaints, a probable cause affidavit said. From 2004… […]

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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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How a Fort Lauderdale Man was Arrested for $11 Million Fraud

How a Fort Lauderdale Man was Arrested for $11 Million Fraud

Fort Lauderdale is a premium area for investors. Unfortunately, with the amount of money flowing through the city in investments and ventures, there is a significant amount of crime that follows suit. Organized scheme to defraud is a crime that seems to be a common white-collar crime that makes South Florida headlines. Thursday, a Fort Lauderdale man was arrested for running an $11 Million fraud. Fraud and Grand Theft According to Florida Law, theft of more than $100,000 by fraud is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years and a $10,000 fine. The sentencing also varies depending on the type of fraud committed such as mortgage fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, tax evasion, or organized schemes to defraud. Fraud in Fort Lauderdale A Fort Lauderdale business man was… […]

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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 Penalty for Wire or Mail Fraud?

What is the Penalty for Wire or Mail Fraud?

Fraud is a criminal act and form of intentional deception perpetrated for gaining profit or personal gain. There are several different kinds of fraud and so Florida legislature has responded with a new act. The Florida Communications Fraud Act is a consolidation of former fraud statutes that considers it to be a crime to defraud another individual through mail, internet, fax, phone, or any form of communication. Florida Fraud in Boston According to the Associated Press, four Florida men have been indicted in Boston in a $3 million scheme in which they used application packages nearly identical to a free federal application to scam struggling homeowners out of hundreds of dollars at a time. The men arrested were 42-year-old Christopher Godfrey of Delray Beach, 40-year-old Dennis Fischer of Highland Beach,… […]

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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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How do Ponzi Schemes in South Florida Work?

How do Ponzi Schemes in South Florida Work?

A Ponzi scheme is a specific type of fraudulent investment. It is the act of using money received from investors to pay off other investors and personal expenses. Ponzi schemes are tactically organized to avoid using real profit for payments. Usually when a Ponzi scheme makes the news, it involves short-term returns that are abnormally high – making the perpetrator more noticeable. Ponzi schemes only work if there is an increasing flow of money from investors. Without an increasing amount, the plan will eventually collapse in on itself if the money flowing in is not enough for return payments to the investors involved. Ponzi Schemes in South Florida A South Florida real estate talk show host was arrested last week and accused of creating a Ponzi scheme. Anthony F. Cutaia… […]

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Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are faced with criminal charges, make sure you have a criminal defense lawyer you can trust. In the case of a major mortgage-fraud trial of a former Plantation police officer and his brother, defense attorney Michael D. Walsh has apparently abandoned his defendant. A runaway criminal defense lawyer? According to the Palm Beach Post, a federal judge Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for defense attorney Walsh after he failed to show up for the start of the trial. He was supposed to represent Joseph Guaracino, the main defendant in the case, in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Monday. He also failed to show up for a “show case” hearing Tuesday morning on why he should not be held in contempt of court for failing to appear. The mortgage-fraud… […]

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How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

A Wellington man has been arrested for forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. The article in WPTV News describes a man who is sorry for his actions, but wanted to use the money to put his children through college and has every intention to pay back the $30,000 he stole. The following article is featured in WPTV News Channel 5: The Case After police questioned him as to why he stole more than $30,000, 56-year-old Celestino Cruz said he was using the money to pay for his children’s college tuition and hasn’t eaten or slept since. Cruz, of Wellington, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on 34 counts of uttering a forged instrument and forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. Cruz, employed by Apogee Business Service as a… […]

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