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July 2017 Archives

Suspect found inside of couch in his home

A man in Ventura now faces charges related to a armed bank robbery after police arrested the man while he was allegedly hiding inside a couch in his home. After authorities received footage of a man they claim is the suspect using a weapon to rob a bank, a SWAT team descended on the man's house and took him into custody after they found him.

At least 400 medical professionals are arrested on fraud charges

United States Department of Justice (DOJ) officials released a press release on Thursday, July 13, 2017, announcing that a Medicare Fraud Strike Force had made as many as 400 arrests in the past few days across Southern California. As for the charges the defendants face, they range from illegally prescribing or distributing opioids to filing fradulent Medicare claims.

2 Inland Empire residents arrested for string of car burglaries

The Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) has reportedly arrested two individuals it believes are responsible for having burglarized various cars during June of 2017. A multi-department investigation led officers to one suspect who, once arrested, was able to identify another. Officers with the LBPD first began receiving reports of vehicle burglaries in north Laguna Beach on June 3, 2017. Detectives with the city's police force were assigned to investigate the crime given that there appeared to be not just one isolated incident, but a serial burglar on the loose.

Money laundering charges could tie you to terrorism

White collar crimes come in all shapes and sizes, but most people assume that they are the territory of business people trying to bend the rules to turn a profit, not part of a larger, more sinister scheme. Unfortunately, in the last two decades, money laundering has become closely associated with terrorism, greatly increasing the stakes for business people facing money laundering charges.

Diversion programs help soldiers avoid having a criminal record

In an era in which so many soldiers have not just experienced one, but several tours of duty in some of the world's disturbing war zones, Veteran's Affairs (VA) offices find themselves overwhelmed with how to prioritize the treatment of them. This has meant that many, with what are deemed to be less pressing mental health ailments, have had their treatment delayed.

Marijuana possession and flying on planes: Is it legal?

Currently, more than eight states have laws on the books that allow for adults to possess marijuana. At least 30 states have medical marijuana laws on the books as well. As people embark on trips this summer that take them beyond California's borders, it leaves many wondering whether they run any risk of arrest in flying somewhere much less receptive to drug use than this state.

Newport Beach man sentenced to 10 years for role in drug ring

A 41-year-old Newport Beach resident was sentenced on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, for his role leading a synthetic drug ring that nearly resulted in several of his clients almost losing their lives. He is slated be transported to federal prison where he will spend the next 120 months serving his sentence.

Will I really serve jail time for white collar crimes?

White collar crimes carry a strange reputation in America, where we routinely see those accused of such wrongdoing have their cases dismissed or the charges lead to no real lasting consequences. While that may occur from time to time, you should not assume that a white collar crime will only lead to a fine or a slap on the wrist. Recently, a man from West Covina received a sentence of seven years in prison for white collar charges stemming from an ongoing scam involving false invoices for fire equipment inspection.

Gun owners with drunk driving records at risk for violent crime

A recent study published by University of California Violence Prevention Program suggests that legal gun owners with drunk driving convictions may be at a higher risk for committing a violent crime than others that do not have any criminal conviction at all. The study's authors argue that this research, which was first made public on Jan. 30, 2017, could prove valuable in identifying ways to curb violent crime in this country.

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