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Embezzlement in Florida: Former State Representative Indicted

By Deric Zacca, PA |

In a case Americans have come far too accustomed to hearing in the news, another politician has been charged in connection with the embezzlement of campaign funds. The case involves former Florida State Representative Dwayne Taylor of Daytona Beach. Mr. Taylor was indicted on nine counts associated with a scheme to move funds from… Read More »

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You’ve Been Arrested, What Are Your Rights?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

In the event that you have been arrested, there may be hundreds of thoughts racing through your mind as you try to cope with the reality that your freedom may be in jeopardy. During this time period it is common for people to experience extreme stress and anxiety as uncertainty sets in, however, it… Read More »

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What if I Violate My Federal Probation?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Probation is typically a part of a sentence and normally follows incarceration. Due to the serious nature of sentencing, the violation of probation can have severe consequences. Recently, the United States Attorney’s office has been paying increased attention to tracking down individuals who have violated their probation. Although by no means an excuse, there… Read More »

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What Should You Do if Police Ask to Search Your Vehicle?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

During routine traffic stops a police officer may ask to search your car if they believe there are weapons or narcotics in the vehicle. Fortunately, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution generally protects against random police searches like this. If an officer were to search your car without permission, the search would be in… Read More »

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Can The Police Request A Blood Draw If I’ve Been Arrested For DUI?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Typically, when an individual is suspected of driving under the influence, the police administer a breathalyzer and field sobriety tests in order to see if the suspect had been drinking, however, due to extenuating situations the police may be unable to perform field sobriety tests. Situations like this are typically common when a suspect… Read More »

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Counterfeit $100 Bills In Cooper City

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Authorities are searching for a man who was passing counterfeit $100 bills recently in Cooper City.  According to reports, the man tried to use the bill to make a purchase at a local business and, despite the cashier using a counterfeit pen to test the bill and it passing the test, the cashier noticed… Read More »

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MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Federal Mail and Wire Fraud Charges in Connection with Purported Jamaican Lottery A 49-year-old Miramar, Florida resident was recently arrested following the return of a federal indictment on two (2) counts of mail fraud and ten (10) counts of wire fraud – in connection with a fraudulent lottery scheme tied to Jamaica. The federal indictment… Read More »

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Federal Healthcare Fraud

By Deric Zacca, PA |

A Florida ophthalmologist faces 76 counts of Medicare-related charges, for fraudulent bills totaling $190 million – based on unneeded treatments, filed claims for procedures that were never performed as well as medicine that was never purchased. If convicted, the 62-year-old, currently free on an $18 million bond, faces up to 610 years in prison…. Read More »

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Identity Theft

By Deric Zacca, PA |

United States Postal Service Letter Carrier Convicted of Access Device Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft On March 9, 2017, a West Palm Beach USPS letter carrier was convicted at trial of conspiring to commit access device fraud, access device fraud, and five counts of aggravated identity theft.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 19, 2017,… Read More »

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Cooper City Teen Enters Plea In Friend’s Death

By Deric Zacca, PA |

A Cooper City teenager who had been facing manslaughter charges in the death of his best friend has been sentenced to probation after entering a plea of guilty to a lesser charge. The teen, according to reports, was involved in an incident in 2015 in which he and his best friend were playing with… Read More »