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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
A musician who was found dead on the street by law enforcement officials on Nov. 12 is believed to have been the victim of a hate crime, according to news sources. The incident occurred in the northern part of California.
The United States is said to be a free country, but there are laws that must be followed so that order in the country is maintained. When a person has allegedly broken these laws, that person is subject to criminal charges. The circumstances of the case determine if the charges will be state charges or federal charges. In the case of federal charges, it is important that the defendant learn as much as possible about the charges he or she is facing.