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Did performance goals lead Wells Fargo employees to commit fraud?

We all feel pressure from our employers to perform well at our jobs. But what happens when that pressure goes too far? In the case of Wells Fargo, many employees claim that was what drove them to commit fraud.

It wasn't just a few employees who created sham accounts to up their sales numbers. In fact, Wells Fargo reports that they have fired at least 5,300 employees for this behavior since 2011. Despite this staggering number, Wells Fargo executives deny any liability for this behavior, claiming it is not due to the company's aggressive sales structure but a group of unethical workers.

Sexting between minors - Is it a crime?

With modern technology, it is very easy to communicate via text, photos and video. This includes when individuals are "sexting," or sending sexually explicit material between mobile devices.

The law is clear that an adult sexting with a minor would be considered a criminal activity. What if the sexting occurs between two minors? In many cases, according to Florida statues, this is still considered a crime.

Florida lawyer pleads guilty to money laundering

On September 8, Alan Koslow, a well-known South Florida lawyer, plead guilty to a federal charge of money laundering conspiracy. He faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, all for accepting payment of $8,500 to launder money for his clients.

Mr. Koslow thought the individuals he was helping were criminals selling cocaine and counterfeit Viagra as well as participating in illegal gambling. They actually were undercover agents involved in a FBI sting operation.

You are accused of an internet sex crime. What should you do?

Internet sex crimes can range from having child pornography on your computer to distributing pornographic materials to soliciting a minor over the internet. No matter what the circumstances entail, if you are under investigation or have been arrested for these charges, it is important to understand what to do - and sometimes what not to do.

First and foremost, it is important to remember this: You are innocent until proven guilty. Evidence against you or even an arrest does not deny you the right to due process in a court of law. You also have the right to an attorney.  You should not speak with police authorities, even if they execute a search warrant and seize your computer without an attorney present to represent you. If federal or state officials seize your computer you should immediately retain an attorney. 

Florida man pleads guilty to CDL fraud

It may have seemed harmless enough on the outside - a truck driving school that was helping individuals, mainly Russian speakers, obtain a commercial driver's licenses (CDLs). The reality, however, was a scheme that amounted to fraud.

Through the company Larex Inc. and website RussianTruckingSchool.com, Adrian Salari and three other individuals charged thousands of dollars to obtain CDLs for non-Florida residents. In addition to falsifying residency documents, they also supplied students with answers to the driving test using covert communication equipment and used a partner on the inside to pass students who failed the tests, for an extra fee.

Drug convictions can make you ineligible for food stamps

Those convicted of a crime, including felony drug charges, can face many obstacles once their sentence has been served. Most people understand that convicted felons have difficulty obtaining employment. In many states, including Florida, those convicted of felony drug crimes may also be unable to obtain food stamps and other cash assistance.

A federal ban was put into place in 1996 as part of the nation's "war on drugs" and welfare reform efforts. Since then, many states have exercised the option to relax or remove those rules, but Florida is among the seven states that still have the full restriction. 

Orlando trucking company president arrested for drug trafficking

A 39-year-old Orlando man has been accused by law enforcement officials of using his trucking company to transport drugs into Central Florida. Peter Truong, the president of P&T Transportation Corp., has been charged with trafficking in oxycodone, marijuana and cocaine.

The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation and its member agencies conducted a two-year investigation of the company before arresting Truong and 9 others, including P&T truckers.

Could you be guilty of prescription drug fraud?

Most people understand that medical professionals, such as doctors and pharmacists, can commit prescription fraud. But there are actions patients can take that also could result in similar fraud accusations.

If you obtain prescriptions by misrepresenting yourself to a doctor or pharmacist, that can be considered fraud. If you visit multiple providers to get more medication, that also may be considered prescription fraud. Plus, potential fraud charges can be particularly severe when they are related to a controlled substance, such as oxycodone or Valium. 

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