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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.

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.

Orange County woman pleads guilty to embezzling $1.5 million

A 34-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1.5 million from her accounting clients on Monday, June 12, 2017. According to documents filed in federal court, she will be receiving a reduced sentence in exchange for her signing a plea agreement with the United States Attorney's Office on May 15.

2 Orange County men arrested for possessing counterfeit money

Two Orange County residents, one a 42-year-old and the other a 27-year-old, were arrested on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. They had been under surveillance by the Norco Special Enforcement Team and the United States Secret Service after at least one of the agencies had received an anonymous tip that the two men had potentially been in possession of counterfeit currency.

Man arrested in connection with large beehive theft

Federal crimes come in all shapes and sizes, as one suspect learned recently after officials arrested him in connection with the theft of some peculiar property. Officials believe the man is responsible for the theft of bees and beehives worth nearly $1 million. According to reports, similar thefts occurred in six separate counties throughout the state, adding up to one of the largest and most geographically diverse bee thefts on record.

What constitutes the federal offense of kidnapping?

Kidnapping is defined as the removal of an individual from one location to another without his or her expressed consent. It can also refer to an individual being held in a confined space for a specific period of time as well. It's a crime that is considered either a violation of state or federal law depending on the unique circumstances of a particular case.

Which internet-related crimes are also violations of federal law?

In an increasingly digital era that we live in, a whole new breed of stalking has become commonplace in the form of cyberstalking and online harassment. While California was the first state to implement anti-stalking laws back in 1990, as far as stalking via the internet is concerned, the federal government prosecutes most cases carried out through that medium.

The questionable relationship between the FBI and the Geek Squad

If you are not already aware, then be forewarned; if a repair tech working on your personal computer comes across illegal material, it will likely be reported. So, let's say you have a problem with your hard drive and you need to have some data recovered. When you turn your computer over to be serviced, you are agreeing that a technician can look through the contents of the drive because it is required to perform the job. As such, the discovery of illegal subject matter, typically child pornography, is usually an act of happenstance and not the result of a deliberate search.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act aims to punish hackers

As you are likely aware, the hacking of computer systems has been at the core of many news stories of late. These stories relate to hackers acquiring information that ultimately was made public and became a part of our recent presidential election. But there are a variety of other reasons that someone may attempt to gain illegal access to a computer system, which includes looking for personal data for purposes of ID theft or simply to cause damage and create havoc.

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