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alabama-1611179_1920-300x287The Alabama House last week passed SB 191, which is designed to improve transparency in civil asset forfeiture cases in the state. Having passed both houses of the legislature unanimously, the bill now moves to Governor Kay Ivey’s docket for her to approve.

Civil asset forfeiture is the legal process where police make take possession of an individual’s property—such as a car, home, or cash—if it is suspected of being involved in a crime. In most states, criminal charges are not required for property to be taken, let alone a criminal conviction.
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construction-2578410_1920-300x200Two executives from a construction business based in Miami-Dade County have been jailed for more than three years each for their part in a scheme to avoid paying workers’ compensation and underpay their workers.

The brothers, Javier Estepa, age 48, and Diego Estepa Vasquez, age 37, were president and vice president respectively of the Aaron Construction Group Inc. of Hialeah, Florida. They were found guilty of defrauding Miami-Dade County. The brothers underreported their payroll as well as the number of employees they had on their books. In so doing, they were able to reduce their workers’ compensation insurance premiums as well as other costs, including their payroll taxes.
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adult-alcoholic-arms-174936-300x225Mariam Coulibaly of North Miami, Florida is accused of driving drunk with a suspended license and running over and killing three teenage boys.

Coulibaly, 31, was charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter and three counts of DUI manslaughter. It is unclear if she has acquired the services of an attorney.

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backlit-crime-dark-143580-300x200Renaud Jerome of Boca Raton, Florida is accused of allegedly impregnating a 13-year-old girl.

Jerome, 70, was arrested and charged with impregnating a child and illegal sexual activity with a minor. He was ordered held without bond at a Palm Beach County jail and cannot have any contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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prison-162885_1920-300x225Police have filed civil asset forfeiture actions against at least three individuals who have all been charged with their alleged involvement in a prostitution investigation in Marin County, Florida.

In February of this year, after an eight-month investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies (including several law enforcement agencies from Orange County to Palm Beach together with the IRS and Homeland Security), six women were charged for their part in an alleged prostitution ring which operated in massage parlors in the area. Around 100 men have also been arrested for allegedly visiting the massage parlors.
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