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edgar-soto-gb0BZGae1Nk-unsplash-300x168Federal prosecutors in Miami have announced charges against the owner of a cryptocurrency firm who allegedly operated a $25 million diamond investment Ponzi scheme.

Jose Angel Aman, 51, of Washington D.C. was charged with wire fraud on September 11. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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sterling-davis-4iXagiKXn3Y-unsplash-300x180A mother and son who owned and operated two construction businesses in San Ramon, CA, have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their alleged refusal to pay for workers’ compensation coverage and payroll taxes.

Selina Singh, 57, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, payroll tax fraud, and insurance premium fraud. Her son, 30-year-old Kabir Singh, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit insurance premium fraud and insurance premium fraud. They both also admitted to an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement for a loss exceeding $500,000 through a pattern of alleged criminal activity.

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tobias-zils-FZRvB6KoRxE-unsplash-300x200A Florida couple is suing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after the agency reportedly seized more than $43,000 in cash at the airport without charging them with a crime.

According to news sources, Stacey Jones and her husband were stopped by airport security and questioned about the cash, which they had with them in a carry-on bag. Airport security called the police, who eventually alerted the DEA.

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morning-brew-gpNGuzXYhEA-unsplash-300x200Three Florida men face federal charges in Cincinnati, OH, for their alleged role in a financial fraud conspiracy that involved stealing identities in order to fraudulently obtain tax refunds, coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus checks, and credit cards.

Adesh Alvin Bissoon, 41, of Miami Beach; Michael Jacques Joseph, 37, of Miami Beach; and Victor Torres, 38, of Apollo Beach are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud affecting a financial institution, and aggravated identity theft. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.

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neonbrand-yDekvyZ52dU-unsplash-300x181Kevin McBride of Tucson, AZ, wasn’t around when police seized his 2000 Jeep Wrangler in May 2020 after his girlfriend allegedly used the vehicle for a $25 marijuana sale. Even though the charges against her were dropped, the vehicle was still held as a party to that alleged offense, and McBride was required to pay to get his property back.

Until last month, the Pima County Attorney’s Office was demanding a $1,900 fee for the return of his vehicle, saying “an outright return of the vehicle is inappropriate in this case.” Fortunately, McBride received legal assistance from an attorney, who threatened to sue on his behalf, arguing the state’s civil forfeiture laws unconstitutionally require property owners to prove their innocence.

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