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August 2013 Archives

AG announces possible reduction in drug-crime sentences

Prisoners and defense attorneys in Florida and across the nation are watching as the Obama administration considers a reduction in penalties for nonviolent drug offenders and doing away with mandatory prison sentences. Benefits would include a reduction in the prison population and a savings of billions of dollars. On Aug. 12, the attorney general observed that people end up spending excessive amounts of time in prison for crimes such as drug possession.

Guilty pleas entered in Florida auto insurance fraud case

Four men who participated in an insurance fraud ring that has allegedly orchestrated numerous instances of theft by fraud since 2006 entered guilty pleas in a Florida court according to the U.S. Attorney working on the case. The charges were brought as a result of the fraud investigation that federal officials have dubbed Operation Sledgehammer.

Florida caregiver accused of stealing from elderly client

The caregiver of an elderly Florida man was held by police on allegations that she took his blank checks and made them out to herself for a total of almost $14,000. Criminal charges the woman was facing included grand theft, petit theft and uttering a false instrument. The accused woman reportedly told police that she had used the money to fuel a gambling addiction.

Pot cultivator receives 5 years in prison, 5 years probation

On Aug. 5, a Florida businessman entered into a guilty plea of possession of marijuana with intent that stipulates he will spend five years in custody followed by five years on supervised release. The Superior Court judge agreed to the plea, ordered the prison term and emphasized strict requirements when he is released. The district attorney felt that the sentence for the drug offenses was appropriate and liked the combination of time in custody with community supervision. In addition, the 51-year-old man can no longer hold a position of trust in a business due to his felony conviction. Other charges in the indictment will be dismissed pursuant to the plea agreement.

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