The law can be confusing. This statement is no surprise to many, but to some, the intricacies of the legal system can be damning. Particularly, those who operate in the corporate world can suddenly find themselves being accused of running afoul of the law. When this happens, those facing criminal allegations should do everything they can to get the law to support their side of the story.
A few weeks back, we wrote about the indictment of California State Senator, Leland Yee, for federal crimes involving public corruption. The allegations of white collar crimes, such as bribery and embezzlement, were serious enough. However, since that time, the full scope of the federal investigation and the allegations against Senator Yee has become very public. The charges now extend beyond white collar crimes to allegations of federal firearm offenses, federal drug crimes and even murder-for-hire.
Drug trafficking charges can carry serious penalties. Federal and state laws penalize the distribution and trafficking of illegal substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine. Penalties for federal drug trafficking charges, however, are particularly harsh, something one Minnesota man and his nine co-defendants are currently learning all too well.
Federal law enforcement officials have zeroed in on one California woman for her supposed role in a $2 million white collar crime scheme. The woman operated a surrogacy agency that served people in California and around the world. According to federal investigators, the woman deceived clients by steering them toward using an escrow and financial firm that she owned and operated.
Federal law enforcement officials recently arrested numerous people on suspicion of drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Four Californians were charged by federal officials with the money laundering charges and only three of them were charged with conspiring to distribute PCP and methamphetamine. The California residents were arraigned in the Sacramento federal court and they pled not guilty to all of the charges.
A man recently pleaded not guilty in relation to a mortgage scam involving four California mansions. The man is being accused of multiple federal crimes, including conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.