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Port St. Lucie Tax Preparer Convicted of Filing False Tax Returns

A Port St. Lucie, Florida, man was convicted by a federal jury yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida of ten counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false income tax returns and three counts of filing false income tax returns. This case dates back to April 2014 when the FBI announced the filing of federal charges against 25 defendants in 19 separate cases in the Southern District of Florida dealing with thousands of stolen identities and millions of dollars of fraudulent identity theft tax filings.

Wellington Pharmacist Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud

As previously blogged on this site, on June 28, 2018 the Department of Justice announced what was called “the largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers charging 601 people — including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19...

NACDL: Federal Defendants Penalized if They Don’t Plead Guilty

In a recent publication, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) found, “There is ample evidence that federal criminal defendants are being coerced to plead guilty because the penalty for exercising their constitutional rights is simply too high...

Former Vero Beach Attorney Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Eric Granitur, a former Vero Beach real estate and probate attorney, was sentenced yesterday in the Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach Division) to twelve months and a day in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Granitur was...

Card Skimming Frauds Originate in South Florida, Spread to other States

Credit card skimming is rapidly on the rise across the state of Florida, and South Florida is being called "ground zero" for skimming frauds. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, inspectors found 169 skimmers in 2015, 219 skimmers...

Miami Man Gets 33 Months in Fed. Prison for Card Skimming Fraud

Credit card skimming is rapidly on the rise across the state of Florida, and South Florida is being called "ground zero" for skimming frauds. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, inspectors found 169 skimmers in 2015, 219 skimmers...

DOJ Mishandled Privileged Documents in $1B Fraud Investigation

In what Justice Department officials — along with South Florida’s U.S. attorney, the FBI, and Health and Human Services agents — have described as the nation’s biggest Medicare fraud case, federal prosecutors have lost a major battle as a judge threw out key evidence...