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u-1604153_1920-300x228When Isiah Kinloch of North Charleston in South Carolina was recovering in hospital from a head injury he sustained while fending off a robber, law enforcement searched his apartment. The found $1,800 in cash and an ounce of cannabis. By the time Kinloch was released, police had taken his cash.

Law enforcement charged Kinloch with “Possession with Intent to Distribute.” Kinloch said the cash came from his job as a tattoo artist and that he was using marijuana to help him with the pain he suffered after a car accident. The police eventually dropped all charges against Kinloch, but they never returned his money.
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skyline-1509136_1920-300x231A company based in Houston, Texas has been ordered to pay a quarter of a million dollars after it was found to be involved in a workers’ compensation insurance scam.

The conviction was obtained by the prosecution unit of the Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). The DWC’s investigation showed that, in the four-year period between 2008 and 2012, John Stergion, an employee of Alpha Mar, had both misrepresented the number of people employed by the company and also concealed payroll. Stergion’s actions resulted in reduced workers’ compensation insurance rates.
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travel-778338_1920-300x200In February 2017, Ashley Tami Renee Phillips was stopped at Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson, Mississippi by a Transport Security Administration officer. The TSA had discovered Phillips was carrying $30,000 in cash in her checked luggage. He seized the cash.

Law enforcement attempted to take her cash using civil asset forfeiture. This is the procedure where police may take an individual’s money or property if they suspect it is involved in a crime. In Phillips’ case, the Jackson Airport Police Department brought in their drug dog to test the cash. When the dog detected narcotics on the money, the police had found their justification to take the cash. This is despite a study demonstrating that more than 75 percent of currency in the U.S. has cocaine residue on it.
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dayton-ohio-20694_1920-300x150The three owners of a bar in Middletown, Ohio have been convicted of committing workers’ compensation fraud after pleading guilty to not providing their employees with the required coverage.

In Ohio, all employers with at least one employee are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The Employer Fraud Team (EFT) of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation became aware that the Old Crow Bar at 1217 Jackson Lane in Middletown were operating without workers compensation coverage for their workers. The EFT then sent agents to interview Lynn Howard, age 69, of Franklin, together with Chris Kraft, age 47, and John House, 53, of Middletown who together owned the Old Crow Bar. Agents explained to the owners that they were not compliant with the law and gave them instructions on how to open a policy with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
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silverado-2629366_1920-300x200Even though he was acquitted of the criminal charge leveled against him, Aaron Dorn still lost his truck to a process known as civil asset forfeiture. Inspired by Aaron’s case, a North Dakota state representative is introducing a bill to reform civil forfeiture in the state.

Last summer, I reported on Dorn’s situation. In the fall of 2016, he had traveled from his home in New York state to join the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Aaron was arrested by a police officer who claimed Dorn had attempted to ram the officer’s police car with his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.
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