Did you know that insurance fraud is illegal in 48 states? How about the fact that there are several different types of fraud that can impact your life every day? We’ve created this visual chart to walk you through fraud and what you need to know about fraud in California.
According to a report by Fox40, two convicted sex offenders and the non-profit organization California Reform Sex Offender Laws have filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Justice alleging the department has failed to correct information on the state’s Megan’s Law website. The lawsuit alleges that the state has failed to correct information on the website or include complete information regarding the conviction date for the sexual offense and/or the release date. In some cases, incorrect information may be shown regarding the charges against the sexual offender. According to the plaintiffs, up to 92% of the sexual offender profiles contain inaccurate or incomplete information.
The state maintains the register under Megan’s Law to provide information on individuals convicted of sexual offenses in California. The lawsuit alleges that missing or inaccurate information results in vigilante attacks against individuals on the list. Both men allege they have been attacked because of the information on the Megan’s Law website. Matagora, one of the plaintiffs, was shot twice by a man who viewed his profile when Matagora opened his front door. Even though Matagora was convicted of sexual offenses over 15 years ago, the website did not include the date of his conviction or his release date.
Jared Fogle rose to fame as the man who lost 245 pounds claiming he ate Subway sandwiches when he was a student at Indiana University. That was over 15 years ago. Today, Jared Fogle is better known for his criminal sex crimes involving underage minors. According to a story in the Washington Post, Fogle is accused of paying for sex with minors. Fogle solicited commercial sex online and traveled to various locations to have sex with minors beginning in 2007 through June 2015.
In addition to having sex with minors, Fogle allegedly received images and videos of nude children from Russell Taylor, the executor director of Fogle’s childhood obesity charity. As a co-conspirator of Taylor’s, Fogle was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. According to U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, Fogle was charged with and admitted to a “five-year criminal scheme to exploit children.”
As part of Fogle’s plea deal, federal prosecutors have requested a judge to sentence Fogle to a total of 12 years and 7 months in prison for all of the sex crime charges. Fogle could have faced up to 50 years for his crimes. In addition to his prison sentence, the prosecutors have requested that Fogle be placed on lifetime supervised probation and register as a sex offender in any state where he works and/or lives. In addition, Fogle must pay $1.4 million to 14 different victims as restitution for his crimes. [Read more…]
The Riverside County District Attorney’s office announced that it has received over $490,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety to assist in prosecuting drugged driving cases. The grant will be used by the Vertical Prosecution Unit to retain additional DDAs to prosecute drug impaired driving cases. According to a statement by the District Attorney’s office. The Vertical Prosecution Unit’s goal is to reduce “drug impaired traffic fatalities and injuries by holding drug-impaired drivers accountable.”
California aggressively prosecutes drug-impaired and alcohol-impaired driving, and Riverside County is no exception. Tough laws designed to decrease the number of fatalities from DUI accidents carry severe penalties for drivers who are convicted for drug-impaired driving or alcohol-impaired driving. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased during 2013 according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The percentage of drivers killed in accidents who tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs has been increasing every year since 2006; therefore, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) cases throughout California.
Have you been charged with a misdemeanor sexual offense or a felony sexual offense? If so, the charges against you can have a devastating effect on your life and the lives of your family members. If you are convicted of a sexual offense in California, you could face significant prison time, expensive fines and court fees, forced sexual offender registration, and mandatory sexual offender counseling sessions. You may be restrained from seeing your own children and other family members.
The prosecutors who handle these specialized criminal charges aggressively pursue defendants and seek a conviction at any cost. Many sexual offense cases are filed even though there may be very little evidence that can be corroborated through witness testimony or physical evidence. Regardless, once the sexual assault charges are filed, the suspect is regarded as a sexual offender and needs an experienced, effective sex crime defense attorney to protect his or her freedom.
Back in 1984, a scientist at Clemson University named John W. Huffman began studying the interaction between drugs and brain receptors. He and his colleagues created 460 synthetic cannabinoid compounds that resemble THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Why? The answer was harmless enough. The brain receptors play a role in regulating pain and inflammation in the body, and as Huffman and his team tested their cannabinoid compounds on lab animals, the results were promising—some of their compounds succeeded in reducing pain, inflammation, and certain skin cancers. In fact, one of his compounds, JWH-133 (named after Huffman), shrank brain tumors and regressed non-melanoma skin cancers in mice—a very exciting discovery for Huffman.
Then things started to go south, as Huffman had feared. He published his positive findings, but the chemical formulas, some very easy to reproduce with common substances, fell into the hands of the wrong people and the fake marijuana craze had begun. [Read more…]