Criminal law blog

Maryland Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Non-Profit

December 2, 2013

Ephonia M. Green, 44, pleaded guilty on November 25th to embezzling over $5 million from her employer, the Association of American Medical Colleges.  The announcement was made in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen, JR. and Valerie Parlave, the Assistant Director in charge of […]

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Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud in Embezzlement Case

November 20, 2013

James R. Cooley, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of federal wire fraud connected to his embezzlement of almost $700,000 from his employer.  Cooley also pleaded guilty to a tax crime after he failed to report the income he received from his fraud. According to the plea agreement, Cooley worked as the regional […]

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Pastor Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Ponzi Scheme

November 1, 2013

Federal law enforcement agents have announced that Pastor Charles Lawrence Kennedy, Jr., of Tampa, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud before United States District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello.  Kennedy was indicted by a federal grand jury in March along with co-defendants Stanley Wayne Anderson, and Edwin Alexander Smith  Smith previously pleaded […]

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Ozark Man Convicted on Counts of Rape, Sodomy

September 30, 2013

Christopher Carroll Lively, a 36-year-old Ozark man, was convicted this week of five sex-related charges the Dale County Circuit Court. It took the jury less than 30 minutes to return guilty verdicts on all five counts. The charges included first-degree rape and sodomy. According to authorities, the crimes were ongoing for almost a decade, as […]

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Business Owners Guilty of Money Laundering

August 29, 2013

Three Shreveport business owners, William Paul Boyter, Michael Paul Boyter, and Anthony Reuben Riley, have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, money laundering, tax evasion, wire fraud, and failure to comply with federal banking regulations. The guilty pleas were entered on Tuesday before United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote.  Also charged as defendants in […]

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Punitive Bond in Alabama

August 28, 2013

Criminal defendants who are arrested in Alabama generally have the right to post a bond to be released from jail while their criminal case is pending. Alabama criminal attorneys in Birmingham and elsewhere know that the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “Excessive bail shall not be required. . .” Also, Rule 7 […]

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Sherriff’s Deputy Fired after DUI Arrest

August 20, 2013

Jason Williams, a Knox County sheriff’s deputy, was fired Monday after being jailed on a DUI charge and three counts of theft.  Williams, 40, is accused of trying to steal a car and attempting to drive it while intoxicated.  The former Knox County Corrections officer is currently being held on a $17,000 bond in the […]

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California Man Sentenced for Ponzi Scheme

July 30, 2013

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the prison sentence for a Northern California convicted of defrauding the elderly out of more than $90 million. James Koenig, 60, was sentenced to nearly 42 years in prison by the Shasta County Superior Court on Friday for his role in this Ponzi scheme that was operated in the Bay […]

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Republican Party Suspends Spokeswoman after DUI

July 29, 2013

Kelsey Christine Cooper, the spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky, has been placed on a two week unpaid suspension after being arrested on DUI charges in Lexington last Saturday night.  Cooper, who was hired by the Republican Party earlier this year, was arrested by Lexington police and taken to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Jail.  Records […]

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Richmond Financial Manager Charged with Wire Fraud

July 12, 2013

The United States Attorney’s Office has charged Richmond businessman, Getty Andrew Rothenburg, with one count of wire fraud for allegedly skimming nearly $200,000 from a celebrity client’s personal accounts.  The charges were filed in the Charlottesville Division of the U.S. District Court and stem from Rothenberg’s work as a financial manager for Dave Matthews Band […]

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