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taxi-2118183_1920-300x185Two owners of transport and taxi companies in northern New York state have pleaded guilty to various fraud charges, including workers’ compensation and Medicaid fraud. These pleas are the latest developments in a two-year investigation into fraud led by the New York State Police in the Capital and Adirondack regions of the state.

Arshad Nazir, age 54, of Plattsburg is the owner of Capital Medallion, which does business under the name Avalanche Taxi. Nazir pleaded guilty to the federal felonies of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and to Pay Healthcare Kickbacks and Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud. As part of his plea agreement, at a later date, Nazir will also plead guilty to charges leveled by the state—Failure to Secure Workers’ Compensation and Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Nazir will be sentenced on June 18. He faces a fine of up to $250,000 and ten years in prison.
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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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action-athlete-competition-158976-300x200At first glance, trainer Robertino Diodoro’s achievements in horseracing in New York should have made him a great success. Since early 2017, his horses have earned around $3 million, and he has won 69 races.

When asked if these wins have brought him money, his answer is simply: “I don’t think so.” The reason is how expensive it is to race horses in the state, especially factoring in the high cost of workers’ compensation insurance. New York has the highest workers’ compensation premiums in the country.
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art-creative-creativity-20967-300x200The federal government seized a painting that was reportedly stolen by Nazis during WWII after it was put up for auction in New York City by a Chilean art dealer.

Prosecutors in the case are facilitating the return of the artwork to the heirs of a renowned Jewish art collector Adolphe Schloss. The forfeiture case was announced on October 19 by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.

Berman wants to return the 1639 painting by Salomon Konick, titled “A Scholar Sharpening His Quill,” to the heirs of Schloss. He told news sources that the artwork was stolen from Schloss by the Nazis in France and ended up in Adolf Hitler’s personal collection in Munich.

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automotive-bmw-car-113176-300x200Shortly after unveiling reforms to civil forfeiture procedures in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the county. The lawsuit argues that the county has been inappropriately disposing of vehicles seized using civil asset forfeiture.

Civil asset forfeiture is the legal process where law enforcement may take possession of an individual’s property if that property is suspected of being involved in a crime. In most states, neither a criminal conviction nor even criminal charges are required in order for property to be seized. In New York, 60 percent of the proceeds from civil asset forfeitures go to law enforcement. There is little oversight on how this money is spent. This has led to criticisms from across the political spectrum that law enforcement has an incentive to seize property.
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