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Civil Asset Forfeiture Presumes Guilt, Robs Citizens of Property, with Little Recourse

Civil Asset Forfeiture is a common practice across the United States. It is intended to hinder the activities of organized crime such as mafia and gangs, by seizing money or goods obtained through illegal activity. However, in practice, civil asset forfeiture often disrupts the lives of innocent citizens.

South Florida brothers accused of running counterfeit check scheme with bank employees

South Florida brothers Luis Miguel Gallo and Juan Gallo, both 21, were arrested for passing counterfeit checks with the help of bank employees. They are accused of drawing counterfeit funds on real accounts with the aid of employees at two South Florida banks.

Judge Overturns Conviction in Medicare Fraud Case

A U.S. District Court Judge recently overturned a Miami jury's verdict on a Medicare Fraud case from 2014. Tiffany Foster, 49, who was found guilty in May of 2014 and was awaiting sentencing, had her conviction reversed due to statute of limitation.

Dan Bilzerian, aka the "King of Instagram," will not face charges in incident in South Beach nightclub

Dan Bilzerian, a professional poker player who has been called the "King of Instagram" for his 7.1 million followers will not face any significant consequences for two legal matters that arose in December of last year.

Former DCF Employee Charged with Six Felony Counts of Official Misconduct

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, former Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) employee, Shani Smith was surrendered to police. She is facing six felony counts of official misconduct. The charges stem from a case Smith worked in that began in November 2012, in which a mother, Catalina Bruno, was charged with driving under the influence and child neglect.

South Florida Man who Helped Smuggle Baseball Star Yasiel Puig from Cuba Sentenced to One Month in Prison

On Friday, March 6 Gilberto Suarez of South Florida was sentenced to one month in prison plus five months of house arrest for his role in smuggling baseball star Yasiel Puig from Cuba. Suarez's plea agreement also mandates that he no longer be involved in Aldemys Diaz's contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Diaz is also from Cuba.

Woman Posing as Doctor in Hialeah Clinic Convicted on Criminal Charges Medicare Fraud Case

Alejandra Collaza will serve 17 years for Medicare scam that cost taxpayers $8.5 million dollars. Collazo's Hialeah clinic did a booming business. Masquerading as a doctor, Collazo wrote 2,200 false prescriptions for referrals to home-healthcare agencies.

Broward Judge Sets $400,000 for 19-year-old Accused of Burglaries in Hollywood, Miramar

On November 19, 2014, a 67-year-old resident arrived to his Hollywood home to find three men burglarizing his house. Kevin O'Brien Lewis, 19, was arrested after the homeowner him identified as one of the three burglars. As it turns out, his fingerprints were also on a jewelry box in the living room. The two other men were also arrested, but they are juveniles.

Supreme Court to Decide if Facebook Threats Are Form of Free Speech

What constitutes a serious threat and what is protected by free speech under the law? This is the issue under consideration by the Supreme Court this week and the decision they make will influence the landscape of social media in the years to come.

Understanding Money-Related Criminal Charges

dollar-bills-with-handcuffs-xs-300x199.jpgMany people have heard of racketeering, embezzlement, and financial fraud and are likely aware that these terms refer to serious criminal charges pertaining to the illegal handling of money. This is generally where common knowledge ends, however. For those interested in learning further details about these crimes, here is a clear, concise explanation:

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