September 2013 Archives

September 24, 2013

Florida Legislature to Evaluate Sexual Predator Laws

The Florida legislature is re-thinking the way violent sexual predators should be handled upon their release from prison. The review of the current laws and standards regarding violent sexual predators will occur partly as a result of the recent arrest of Donald Smith out of Jacksonville, Florida. Within three weeks of his release from jail, he is alleged to have abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled an 8 year-old girl. He is awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping, sexual battery on a minor, and murder. Prior to this incident, the Sun Sentinel published a story in August expressing their concern with the significant decrease in sexual offenders that were being confined pursuant to civil commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Act. The Jimmy Ryce Act was created by the Florida legislature in 1995 as a result of the rape and murder of a Miami-Dade County boy by a previously convicted sexual offender.

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September 6, 2013

Owners of Home Health Care Companies Plead Guilty to Fraud Charges

Multiple defendants entered guilty pleas yesterday for their involvement in a $20 million Medicare fraud scheme. Roberto Marrero, Sandra Viera, and Enrique Rodriguez appeared in federal court with their respective Miami criminal defense attorneys and entered guilty pleas. The individuals that entered the pleas were either owners or operators of the home health company Trust Care Health Services, Inc. In addition to the owners and operators, a patient recruiter also entered into a guilty plea. Members of the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took part in making the announcement.

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September 3, 2013

Sweetwater Police Officer Faces Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

The federal government has charged a veteran Sweetwater detective with committing fraud and identity theft. The detective was allegedly set up by one of his own informants that had recently been arrested for credit card fraud. According to the Miami criminal defense attorney representing the detective, the confidential informant (CI) set up his client in order to obtain a reduction in his sentence. Detective William Garcia was arrested by FBI agents for using fake credit cards at numerous establishments located in Miami Beach, Key Largo and other South Florida locations. As a result of the arrest, the detective was relieved of his duties without pay.

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