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pexels-photo-534204-300x16729 current and former federal, state, and local officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Tallahassee, FL, last week for allegedly actively working to defraud the government and taxpayers of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The scheme was allegedly orchestrated by a County Executive Director of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, who is accused of stealing federal drought assistance funds and covering up his actions through identity theft, tax evasion, and other federal crimes with a criminal network of almost 30 people.

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action-adult-care-339620-300x169The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida has announced that Michael Jerome Atkins was arraigned on November 21 for allegedly defrauding a senior citizen out of her retirement savings.

Atkins, 60, was charged with mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. The press did not say if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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pexels-photo-164501-300x200David John Ridling of Vero Beach, FL, was indicted this month for his alleged connection to a scheme to defraud multiple banks, a financial services provider, and a business out of more than $50 million.

Ridling, 57, was charged with 10 counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, nine counts of money laundering, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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dollar-499481_1920-300x212People who lost money, cars, and homes to Philadephia’s civil asset forfeiture statutes are entitled to reimbursement if they file a claim by December 6.

The city settled a class action lawsuit last year and agreed to reform its civil forfeiture program—the legal practice that allows law enforcement agencies to seize cash, vehicles, and property that is suspected of being connected to a crime, sometimes without even charging or convicting the property owner for a crime.

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justice-2060093_1920-300x200A South Carolina judge has ruled the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws violate the state and federal constitutions.

Horry County Judge Steven H. John declared that the South Carolina’s forfeiture laws violate constitutional protections against excessive fines by allowing the government to seize amounts of cash and property disproportionate to the alleged crime.

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