Our South Florida criminal defense attorneys have learned that a Palm Beach County man has pleaded guilty to filing false personal income tax returns. The United States Attorney’s Office announced the plead on Friday.
The man owns a tax preparation and bookkeeping service and was indicted on three counts after he admitted to filing false personal tax returns with the IRS. The false tax returns understated his income between 2004 and 2006, saving him $77,000. As part of his plea agreement, the defendant has agreed to cooperate with the IRS and file amended tax returns for the period in question.
He is scheduled for sentencing on July 23 and faces up to nine years in prison (three years per count).
Source: Palm Beach County man pleads guilty to filing false income tax returns, South Florida Sun Sentinel, April 23, 2010 (more…)
Two recent Broward County murder cases use surveillance camera videos as evidence. In one case, a 63-year-old Coral Springs man is charged with bludgeoning his wife to death and shoving an automobile containing her body into a lake. A 62-year-old Pompano Beach man faces similar murder charges. Both men were caught on tape by surveillance cameras at nearby businesses.
According to an article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, there are now more than 2 million video cameras in spaces around the country, not including ATMs. These cameras can be used by police as powerful law enforcement tools for identifying suspects, discouraging property crimes, and spurring confessions.
Privacy advocates worry about the growing use of these cameras, but the trend is likely to continue in the future. In fact, governments like the city of Fort Lauderdale are now strategically setting up networks of surveillance cameras to monitor the city for possible crimes.
According to a report from Florida’s medical examiners, deaths from illegal drugs on the decline, while fatal overdoses from prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Deaths from cocaine overdose went down 23% in 2008, while deaths from the painkiller oxycodone increased by 33%.
Prescription drugs accounted for three quarters of the drugs found in overdose victims. Oxycodone is reportedly the most popular drug in the black-market pill trade supplied by pill clinics, although many drug-related deaths involve dangerous drug interactions. The office of Broward County’s medical examiner detected oxydocone in 171 overdose deaths in 2008.
New laws on prescription drug monitoring went into effect last week, but the prescription database designed to detect addicts getting drugs from multiple doctors is not expected to be operational until late 2011.
Each year on April 20, marijuana legalization advocates gather to celebrate 4/20, the annual celebration and mass civil disobedience inspired by “420” (insider slang for smoking cannabis). In Northern California, several hundred people gathered outside of a IGrow, a 15,000-square-foot cultivation equipment emporium, to observe “420 Eve.”
Revelers lit up joints inside a stretch Hummer parked outside the superstore and explored booths with pot-related merchandise like pipe-shaped lollipops. The store also has a doctor working three days a week to evaluate people who might be candidates for medical marijuana.
The celebratory vibe is felt elsewhere in the country, as four cable television channels present programming around 420 and pot-smoking culture.
Our South Florida criminal defense lawyers have heard that two men accused of trying to rob a Hazleton bar were arrested last Wednesday night. Police were called to the M & T Bank last Monday after the attempted bank robbery. One of the suspects actually did rob the same bank earlier in April, escaping with about $3,600, according to police.
Contrary to what every criminal defense attorney would advise, the suspect chatted candidly with reporters, saying “just another day in the neighborhood, that’s all it is.” He even told the judge that he is currently on parole for armed robbery, has a long list of prior convictions, and doesn’t mind going back to prison.
Remember, anything you say to police or reporters can be used against you, so it’s often best to exercise your Miranda rights and remain silent if you have been arrested or charged with a crime.
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