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School district chef accused of embezzlement

A 55-year-old man who has earned a multitude of awards and praise for working to make California students' meals healthier was accused of taking $65,000 from the Los Angeles Unified School District and putting it into his own private consulting firm. He appeared in court on Aug. 8 and pleaded not guilty to a total of 15 felony counts that included misappropriation of funds and embezzlement.

The court documents accused the man of misappropriating the funds between 2010 and 2014. The amounts allegedly ranged from $5,000 to $15,000. He was also accused of forging an application to become a vendor for the district but did not disclose that he had outside financial interests. He posted $220,000 bail and was scheduled to return to court in October. He faces a maximum 13 years in prison if he is convicted.

Are penalties for hacking serious?

Hacking is a computer crime that is against federal law. The Department of Justice has many different statutes that address this and other computer-related crimes. The specific statutes about hacking are in 18 U.S. Code Section 1030, which covers information about computer fraud and all related acts.

Every state also has its own computer crime laws that could apply to your case if you're accused of hacking. Many of these laws specifically prohibit individuals from illegally accessing another person's or entity's information without permission. When you hack into a computer to gain information, you're breaking the law.

Former employee sentenced after embezzling $1 million

On July 25, the former director of a California-based physical fitness firm was sentenced to more than seven years after she was convicted on embezzlement charges. She had been accused of embezzling an estimated $1 million for her gambling habit and for other personal expenses.

The 60-year-old woman had been employed by the company for nine years. She was taken into custody in October 2016 and was charged with 50 offenses related to theft, fraudulent appropriation and forgery. In March, she pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery, one count of grand theft and one count of failing to report the stolen money on her tax returns. Authorities believed that she took about $10,000 each month from petty cash funds. The company reportedly only suspected her of embezzlement after she was let go.

Man convicted of diverting church funds for personal use

On June 30, it was reported that a California man who was the former CFO of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit was convicted on seven charges associated with embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering. The man was charged in 2014 after he was allegedly stole more than $500,000 from an Oakland-based church.

It appeared that the man had diverted funds to his personal company from three nonprofits that were run by the church. He was accused of diverting funds and using them to pay for personal expenses, such as a luxury car, a mortgage and golf club memberships. The nonprofits were formed with the purpose of providing housing and other services for Oakland community residents with low or moderate incomes.

How are controlled substances divided and classified?

Drug charges in the federal criminal system aren't based on California laws. Instead, they are based on federal laws. This includes acts like the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which divides certain drugs into different categories. Each category is called a schedule.

If you are facing drug charges related to controlled substances, you should understand some of the things that are included in the CSA. This might help you as you work on your defense strategy.

Former labor organizer pleads guilty to fraud charges

A 54-year-old former California labor organizer pleaded guilty to three felony counts for fraud-related offenses. He has been accused of taking money from people and entities he was supposed to be attempting to help organize.

The man was reportedly employed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International and was responsible for coordinating the company's medical cannabis and hemp division. Because he had fiduciary duties to the union, he was prohibited from accepting dual compensation. However, the man admitted during his plea that he had accepted compensation from employees. Additionally, he also reportedly admitted to conspiring with an attorney to launder or conceal money in an attempt to evade reporting requirements. The accused man faces up to 30 years in prison.

California woman embezzled money to pay for luxuries

A Laguna Beach police detective led the investigation of a 34-year-old woman and uncovered evidence that she embezzled $1,538,771 from multiple businesses in Orange County. After accepting a plea deal from federal prosecutors, the woman entered a guilty plea and now faces the possibility of up to 23 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. According to court documents, she primarily spent the money on vacations, living expenses, horse rentals and cosmetic surgery.

The detective said that she solicited clients by hosting parties for women business owners similar to her in age with young children. After gaining their trust, she acted as their accountant. She falsely claimed to hold an accounting degree.

Plea bargains in the federal criminal justice system

One of the scariest things that you have to think about when you are facing federal criminal charges is having to stand trial for those charges. This is because of the unknowns: You never know how a jury will perceive each case.

Another issue is that you face is that the resources for the prosecution run deep. This means that they might have more time and money to spend on building a case against you. Here are some points that you should think about if you are going to entertain the possibility of a plea agreement for federal criminal charges.

Former shelter manager accused of misappropriating funds

On May 19, the former manager of a California no-kill shelter was taken into custody after she was accused of embezzling funds. Board members of the Kings SPCA in Hanford said that the shelter shut down on May 11 as a result of a lack of funds.

The investigation began on April 28 when deputies opened an embezzlement investigation at the shelter. Board members reportedly told them that the manager of the SPCA had been suspected of making purchases that were not authorized over the previous three years. Receipts showed that the total worth of unauthorized purchases came out to about $3,740. After the unauthorized purchases were discovered, board members said that they fired the manager. She was taken into custody on May 19 at her home. Deputies said that the former manager admitted that she had made some unauthorized purchases with the shelter's debit card. Her bail was set at $20,000.

More serious penalties for federal charges may be ahead

California residents who are facing various types of federal criminal charges may also face longer sentences than they would have during the Obama administration. In 2013, Eric Holder, who was the attorney general at the time, issued a memo directing federal judges to limit mandatory minimum sentencing. The issue was that nonviolent offenders were facing long prison sentences, and that was costly for taxpayers.

In a two-page memo issued on May 11, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed prosecutors to seek the most serious possible charges. This is expected to lead to a growth in the prison population, which had been going down. However, officials said that unless low-level drug offenders were also involved in gangs or had firearms, or unless there were other aggravating circumstances, they would not face these types of severe charges. An example of a case that would lead to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years is one in which a person allegedly had 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, 1 kilogram of heroin or 5 kilograms of cocaine.

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