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President Obama shortens sentences of 102 drug offenders

It is not secret that drug crimes are harshly penalized in the United States. Thousands of people are facing overly-extensive prison sentences for non-violent drug offense convictions.

On October 6, President Obama eased the burden of 102 more drug offenders by shortening their prison sentences. He has granted executive commutations to 774 drug offenders, more than any of the past 11 presidents

Understanding White Collar Crimes

The term "white collar crime" was reportedly coined in 1939 to refer to offenses that use deceit, concealment and violation of trust for the purposes of financial gain. These crimes are typically committed without threat of or actual physical force or violence.

These types of crimes are complex and convictions can have serious consequences. In fact, many of these activities garner considerable attention from the FBI. If you are accused of or under investigation for a white collar crime, it is vital to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible to preserve and protect your rights.

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, 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.

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