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February 2018 Archives

Florida Attorney General Opens Investigation into Fake Twitter Accounts

Usually when we think of identity theft, we think of stolen credit cards, social security numbers, and fake bank accounts. However, in this new age of social media, a stolen identity can also show up online in places like Twitter.

$20 Million Mortgage Fraud gets Miami Beach Realtor Prison Time

One Miami man won't be living in the luxurious homes he has been used to thanks to his part in a $20 million mortgage fraud that spanned from South Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. Now, he'll spend 15 years in prison and have five years of supervised release following his prison time. That comes out to roughly one year of federal corrections supervision for each million dollars of fraud.

Florida Police Officers Use "Stand Your Ground" to Seek Protection

The decision to allow police officers to use the state's "stand your ground" law as a defense in certain situations may be heading to the Florida Supreme Court. The law, originally enacted in 2005, was created as a way to allow residents to defend themselves with deadly force without fear of arrest or trial. Since its inception, the law has remained controversial, and it is even more so when law enforcement uses it as a defense in cases when deadly force is used.

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