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Husband and wife sentenced after being convicted of tax fraud

On Sept. 18, a 59-year-old California man who claimed he was a psychic was sentenced to six years in federal prison after he was convicted of filing fraudulent tax returns. His 51-year-old wife was also sentenced to two years in federal prison for tax fraud.

Federal agent admits to money laundering

A 35-year-old former agent with the U.S. Secret Service who had investigated online criminal activity has accepted responsibility for his own crimes. Appearing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, he entered a guilty plea on money laundering charges. His charges arose from a theft of 1,600 bitcoins. At the time that he diverted the digital currency from a government account to a digital wallet that only he could access, the bitcoins had an approximate value of $359,005.

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.

California woman accepts plea deal in identity theft case

In a plea agreement that was negotiated by her defense attorney with a U.S. prosecutor, a 36-year-old woman from San Francisco admitted to using identity information stolen from multiple credit card and debit card accounts to create new accounts. From February to July 2014, she opened credit accounts at a number of financial institutions in other people's names without their knowledge or permission.

Taking legal marijuana out of the state could be a federal crime

There are still a lot of issues with California's legal marijuana law. From the delay in creating secondary regulations to an increase in illegal growers using questionable chemicals, legal marijuana has created many new issues.

Legal marijuana in California increases risk of federal charges

Since the legalization of adult recreational marijuana use in the state of California, there has been a lot of uncertainty about what is legal and what isn't. For many people, their interpretation of what they want to be able to do under the law is far more liberal than what the law allows.

4 ways your case can be handled in federal court

You're a young entrepreneur, and it's true that you got caught up in some things you shouldn't have. Even though you weren't the person committing fraud, you're still facing federal charges for claims that you were responsible. How can your case be handled, and what might happen in court?

Man accused of involvement in massive cybercrime case

On Dec. 22, a Bulgarian man who was accused of stealing confidential information from two California companies pleaded not guilty. According to the lawsuit, the man, age 44, used sophisticated malware that was specifically designed to obtain banking credentials from computers that had been infected.

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