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justice-2060093_1920-300x200A U.S. Supreme Court ruling announced on February 19 has law enforcement agencies in Florida questioning whether they need to change how they seize people’s cash, cars, and homes using a practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

Civil asset forfeiture is a nationwide practice that allows authorities to seize property—vehicles, cash, houses, electronics, and the like—that are suspected of being connected to a crime. The Supreme Court’s ruling struck at the heart of the practice, which is derisively known as “policing for profit,” because police often use it to seize assets even if the owner isn’t charged with a crime.

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pexels-photo-804463-300x200A Tampa-based trucking company has filed a lawsuit after federal authorities purportedly seized more than $181,000 in cash from an employee who was flying to Cleveland to buy new trucks for their fleet.

FGL Transport, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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pexels-photo-263402-300x199Federal authorities in Florida have unsealed the indictment of a Florida surgeon accused of bilking the government and health insurers of more than $26 million, which he allegedly planned to use to finance his political career in Ghana.

Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson was indicted on 58 counts, including health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He was ordered held until his trial date because he was deemed to be a flight risk. Attorney information wasn’t available at the time of writing.

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pexels-photo-544966-300x200The New York State Inspector General announced the arraignments of two construction contractors for allegedly putting their workers at risk by not providing them with workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Segundo Loja and Robert A. Lutz were arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court on February 6. According to court documents, Loja, who is the owner of NY Power Construction Corporation, allegedly submitted a fake certificate of insurance that showed his company had obtained both workers’ compensation and commercial general liability insurance coverage as required by law for any company with employees.

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appointment-book-blur-care-40568-300x200Federal prosecutors arrested the owners of two Georgia-based telemedicine companies on Feb. 4th on charges of conspiracy ranging from fraud to money laundering. Reinaldo Wilson, 51, and his wife, Jean Wilson, 49, allegedly led a scheme to receive kickbacks and bribes for ordering orthodontic braces through Medicare for people who didn’t need them. The indictment indicates the plan operated between March 2017 and April 2019.

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