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What Are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines + Chart 2019

A criminal justice system without punishments for people convicted of crimes would be pointless. Such a system could conclude that someone was guilty, but would not have the ability to do anything about it. Most people would not view the system as just and the system would do little to deter anyone else from committing… Read More »

3 Arrested in $7 Million Mortgage Fraud in California

Three people who worked for Grand View Financial LLC were indicted last month for operating a mortgage fraud scheme throughout California. (Sandiegouniontribune.com). The mortgage scam targeted the elderly and financially distressed homeowners by promising them foreclosure relief. The combined losses from the victims was more than $7 million, said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra… Read More »

Ex-UAW Offical Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

A former official of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty last week to the federal charge of financial misconduct, while nearly 50,000 UAW members voted on whether they should end a five-week strike at General Motors. (Reuters.com). Jeffrey Pietrzyk, previously a co-director of the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit… Read More »

Creator of ‘My Big Coin,’ Randall Crater, Indicted in New York

Earlier this year, the US District Court of Massachusetts indicted Randall Crater, the man alleged to have led a ‘My Big Coin’ cryptocurrency fraud that stole more than $6 million from mostly New York investors. (Crowdfundinsider.com) Crater was charged with four counts of wire fraud and three counts of unlawful money transactions related to receiving… Read More »

Pharma Execs Face Drug Trafficking Charges Over Opioid Crisis

Federal law enforcement has long tried to crush the opioid crisis in the US with tough criminal charges for street dealers and drug cartel leaders who traffic in dangerous drugs such as fentanyl and oxycodone. (Nyt.com) For the first time this month, federal agents are bringing similar federal drug trafficking charges against a pharmaceutical distributor,… Read More »

Physicians Indicted for Overprescribing Opioids, Trading Drugs for Sex

Sixty doctors, nurses and pharmacists in seven states were arrested by federal agents on April 17 in a massive sting operation targeting medical professionals who overprescribed opioids to patients. In some cases, the highly addictive prescription drugs were handed out in ‘shockingly unethical circumstances.’ (Rollingstone.com). Federal and state officials have called it the biggest prescription… Read More »

Hollywood Celebs Charged in Massive College Cheating Scam

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were two of more than 48 people charged this week in an extraordinary, nationwide college admissions cheating scandal. The schemes involved wealthy backers paying up to $6.5 million place their children in some of the nation’s top universities, according to federal court records. (FoxNews.com) The alleged admissions cheating scam… Read More »

Floyd Mayweather and Rapper Charged By SEC For Pumping Cryptocurrencies

The SEC is making a public example out of boxer Floyd Mayweather and rapper DJ Khaled. The SEC announced last week that it had settled federal charges against the celebrities for illegally touting initial coin offerings or ICOs. The primary issue is that Mayweather and Khaled did not make public disclosures of payments they received… Read More »

Bayer AG May Face Criminal Charges After Essure Sales Halted in the US

It has been a bad year for Bayer AG. First, the corporation bought pesticide company Monsanto, maker of controversial weed killer roundup that is connected to cancer and subject to over 9000 roundup cancer lawsuits. That connection resulted in a $289 million verdict against Bayer AG in a California courtroom in 2018, where a former groundskeeper… Read More »