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Woman has emotional breakdown in tax fraud trial in Georgia

Being charged with a serious crime can be an emotionally challenging experience for many people. This is particularly true if a conviction can result in significant time behind bars. This seems to be what one woman is experiencing during her trial surrounding tax fraud charges in Georgia.

According to reports by the media, the woman appeared visibly upset before the court proceedings began. She was screaming at her husband co-defendant, who is also facing tax fraud charges. At times, the woman also burst out laughing for no apparent reason. The woman required removal from the courtroom and was later brought back in.

Woman and brother face insurance fraud charges in Georgia

People do what they think they need to do to make ends meet. However, if a person commits a crime, even a non-violent crime, he or she may end up in serious legal trouble. This can even result in significant time behind bars. This is what one woman and her brother are facing after being arrested for insurance fraud in Georgia.

The woman was working as an insurance claims adjuster and is being accused of abusing her position at the insurance company for which she was working. The Georgia Insurance Commissioner announced that the woman was arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from her former employer. The woman's brother was also arrested for his role as a suspected accomplice.

Tyrone Brooks Jr. pleads guilty to white collar crimes in Georgia

Elected public officials are an integral part of democracy in the United States. Typically, these individuals are held to higher ethical and legal standards. However, even elected officials can make mistakes which can result in legal problems. This is what is happening with former Georgia State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Jr. who was charged with various white collar crimes.

Brooks was charged in federal court with filing false tax returns, wire fraud and mail fraud. He was indicted in May 2013. The representative had been accused of misappropriation of funds which were supposed to go to charity. Instead, the man allegedly used the funds to pay for family and personal expenses.

Police officer faces statutory rape charge in Georgia

Police officers are traditionally looked upon as role models in the community. Nevertheless, police officers are only human and are prone to making errors and misjudgments, just like the rest of us. Even police officers can find themselves facing legal problems, and one police officer in Georgia is now facing a statutory rape charge.

The police officer was recently arrested and jailed with regard to a crime he allegedly committed in February. However, the details surrounding the arrest have been kept under wraps by local authorities. Little information concerning the incident has been released to the public. The arrest happened one morning in early March.

Tax Fraud: Married couple faces tax fraud charges in Georgia

The United States tax system is designed for the benefit of all citizens and taxpayers. The funds collected from taxes help to pay for many social services and the infrastructure necessary to maintain society. There are a number of laws aimed at maintaining the integrity of the tax system, and violating tax laws can result in criminal charges. This is what one couple is facing after they were charged with tax fraud in  federal court inGeorgia.

The two defendants, a man and his wife, were accused of conspiring to commit wire fraud by filing fraudulent tax returns during the period beginning in Jan. 2011 and ending in Feb. 2013. The 44-year-old man and his wife were charged with one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Federal prosecutors indicated that the couple filed more than 1,100 fraudulent tax returns electronically.

Man faces drug charges for pharmaceuticals in Georgia

For various reasons, certain types of drugs are illegal, while other types of drugs are legal, and some types of drugs are only legal under certain circumstances. For example, if a person is caught in Georgia with legal prescription drugs without a proper prescription, he or she can find him or herself being arrested by law enforcement. This can result in a person having to face drug charges that can carry serious consequences.

One man is facing exactly this type of situation after he was recently arrested. The incident occurred one evening in early March. The 60-year-old man was found with three types of prescription drugs, according to reports released to the public by authorities. The man reportedly possessed diazepam, oxycodone and alprazolam.

See this blog for more discussion on drug charges

Criminal defense: No-knock warrants in Georgia being debated

Criminal defense: Can the police enter your home unannounced if they have probable cause and a warrant? That is the issue being debated by legislators in Georgia. New legislation allows police officers to use a no-knock warrant only if they have probable cause and a judge signed their warrant. 

A no-knock warrant gives the police permission to enter a suspect's home without any notification. This legislation has led to a serious debate by legislators and the public. Questions surround the legislation, including if a no-knock warrant violates a suspect's privacy, and if the police should be allowed to enter someone's home without any notification.

Drug charges filed in Georgia after search for murder suspect

Unexpected things can happen during a raid by law enforcement. Many times when the police are investigating one crime, they unintentionally find evidence of another crime instead. This seems to have been what what happened in a recent incident in which law enforcement were looking for a murder suspect. Instead, they ended up arresting two individuals on drug charges in Georgia.

The incident happened when U.S. Marshals were attempting to find a murder suspect. However, the authorities ended up making another major find instead. Apparently, while searching for the murder suspect at a residence, the marshals found illegal drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia. This resulted in the arrest of two men on drug charges.

Student could need criminal defense attorney for art project

Terrorism is a serious threat to the safety and security of people around the world. There is no denying the fact that there are those who would go to virtually any lengths to cause death and destruction, which has led lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to approach threats to public safety in a very serious manner. That said, there are cases in which the effort to ensure safety infringes on the rights of Georgia residents to live normal lives. An example is found in a University student who may be in need of a criminal defense strategy following a college art project.

The case centers on a suspicious device observed on an Atlanta bridge. The device was constructed from an aluminum Pepsi can covered in duct tape. There were two small steel pipes mounted on the can, and four electrical wires were visible on the top of the unit. The device also had a note attached, which identified the unit as a slow motion camera, and asked observers to please refrain from moving the device. The Atlanta bomb squad was called to the scene, and determined that the device was not a pipe bomb.

Proposed bill could have criminal defense applications

Readers may be aware of recently proposed legislation that has sparked debate concerning the use of police license plate readers. These devices are able to scan and record images of license plates, giving law enforcement the chance to locate individuals who have active arrest warrants or are otherwise being sought for questioning. The use of these scanners has become common in Georgia and across the nation, and has led some lawmakers to question the limits that might be placed on the use of the devices. The matter also leads to interesting questions about the criminal defense tactics that might be used in cases that involve these readers.

The recently proposed bill would require police departments to delete captured images 30 days after they were gathered. Those behind the bill assert that, while the devices offer a powerful tool for law enforcement, there is a balance that must be sought between combating crime and protecting the rights of citizens. An additional provision is expected to be added that would prevent police from sharing captured images with federal authorities.

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