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supreme-court-546279_1920-300x195On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case which could transform civil asset forfeiture in America. Groups from across the political spectrum presented briefs opposing civil asset forfeiture, asserting that civil forfeiture hurts business and is an affront to civil liberties.

Earlier this year, I reported on the case of Tyson Timbs. In 2013, he was arrested for selling four grams of heroin to an undercover police officer in Indiana. He was sentenced to five years of probation and a year of home arrest. Additionally, he paid legal fees in excess of $1,200 and attended a court-supervised drug treatment program.
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columbus-1936111_1920-300x200A business owner in Columbus, Ohio has pleaded guilty to a charge of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. He has paid more than $43,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) in restitution.

Between 2009 and 2015, Gyorgy Benedek reported a zero payroll for his cleaning company, Maintenance Free Building Services Inc. Benedek’s company, in fact, had more than 30 employees during this period, and his unreported payroll totaled more than $650,000.
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adult-architecture-brick-212288-300x209The head soccer coach at Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines, Florida was arrested last Friday after he allegedly sent suggestive text messages and nude images of himself to a female student.

Owen Cleveland Gayle, 38, of Davie faces five charges, including use of a computer to solicit a child, promoting the sexual performance of a child, and transmission of harmful material to a minor. He is being held at Broward County’s Main Jail on $125,000 bond. The press did not name a lawyer for him.

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apple-email-iphone-17663-300x200Miami-Dade firefighter Kevin Kerlin was formally indicted on felony charges this week after he allegedly solicited a minor through a series of sexual messages on social media.

Kerlin, 45, is being charged with unlawful use of a two-way communication device and solicitation of a minor.

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cannery-row-71836_1920-300x225Salvatore Carbone, age 58, has pleaded no contest to a charge of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. He has been sentenced to 40 days in jail and three years’ probation. The judge suspended the statutory $10,000 penalty; it will remain suspended if he completes his probation satisfactorily.

Carbone operates and owns Sal’s Alley Side Café and Carbone’s Bar, in Monterey, California. Both locations opened in 2007 and are located next to each other on Monterey’s popular Lighthouse Street. In 2017, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office received information that Carbone had lied to the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) about the number of people he employed. The Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit investigated and confirmed that, for the period of August 2014 to August 2015, Carbone had fraudulently claimed he was the sole employee at Carbone’s Bar.
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