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At the end of 2022, former federal agent Joseph Albert Fuchs III was sentenced to 126 months (10.5 years) imprisonment after an investigation revealed that he had been sending money and eliciting sex from a 14-year-old in the Philippines. The charges of enticement of a minor and sex tourism resulted in an elevated sentence because of his prior role as a federal agent for the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.
Sex Tourism Is An International Issue
While many people are tempted to engage with sex workers abroad, international sex tourism is a longstanding problem in the international
Continue Reading Former Federal Agent Is Sent To Prison For Sex Tourism: Here’s What You Should Know

Athletes across the world watched this month as elite horse trainer Jason Servis plead guilty to doping related charges. For years, the horse racing community has known service as a premier horse trainer, leading dozens of horses to victory and winning millions in prizes. His case has far reaching implications, not just for horse racing, but for sports in general both in the US and abroad.
Doping cases are rarely about just one athlete
From a federal prosecutor’s perspective, pursuing doping charges for just one athlete is almost never worth the time and resources; issues like that are often
Continue Reading What Does The Servis Horse Doping Case Mean For Other Sports?

It was no secret that the controversial Safe-T Act would be subject to judicial review, both on the face of it and as the state implements it. Mere weeks after its initial passage, the new law had already been brought to the Illinois Supreme Court for alleged constitutional violations. Now, in addition to these challenges, legislators have amended the law to “clarify misinformation” and avoid similar legal action moving forward.
Understanding the controversy
The Illinois state legislature passed the Safe-T Act in 2021. While most of the law has already taken effect, its most controversial component, which ends cash bail
Continue Reading What the new Safe-T Act revisions mean for the law and its future in court

Social media helps us connect with loved ones and friends; it can even play a role in our professional lives. There are certain things we share online that we expect will remain within our friend groups — but is this expectation reasonable? This is a question that often comes up in cases where the police use social media platforms to gather evidence to build a criminal case.

These efforts are more than just a national issue, they are present right here in Chicago. The Chicago Police Department even has a specialized social media task force that monitors online activity; so
Continue Reading Police investigations and social media: 3 things to know

Tracing a gun to a purchaser is not always a simple matter. When someone is shot, investigating officers often track a suspect by looking at the gun used. Ballistic evidence can often help determine if a specific gun was used in the shooting, but that only helps if they have the gun to test.

If they do have the gun, however, that is not the only thing they may look into. They may also try to figure out where the gun came from, whether it was purchased legally and who sold it to the suspect. A recent story regarding the
Continue Reading How Do Police Trace An Illegal Gun Purchase?

This past July, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier in Miami was robbed at gunpoint for her master keys. In a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, three blue postal drop boxes were broken into and emptied and a mail carrier had keys stolen in May. Over a dozen mail carriers in Chevy Chase, Maryland have been robbed of mail and keys this year. Postal inspectors across the country are seeing a rash of mail theft, including mail stolen out of residential boxes, key theft and theft from blue drop boxes.
What is the purpose behind the thefts?
For the most part,
Continue Reading Postal inspectors around the country are investigating mail theft

The state of Mississippi is investigating what it says is the state’s largest welfare fraud case in state history. State Auditor Shad White is alleging involvement by the former governor, Phil Bryant, and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. Although the state is calling it “welfare fraud,” the case does not involve anyone falsely claiming support benefits. Instead, it involves using taxpayer money to pay individuals for supposed work done one behalf of non-profit organizations using money meant to help the poor. The result has been multiple charges against several people for a variety of white collar crimes.
Continue Reading Mississippi’s largest welfare fraud case leads investigators to Brett Favre

Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, an Illinois appeals court held that “the smell of the burnt cannabis, without any corroborating factors, is not enough to establish probable cause to search [a] vehicle, and the [trial] court did not err in granting the motion to suppress” filed by the defense. This holding reversed long-held precedent in Illinois and will be a game-changer for police officers and motorists.

In this case, the People of the State of Illinois v. Stribling, the motorist was pulled over by police after allegedly violating several traffic laws and the officer claimed to have detected a
Continue Reading Smell of Burning Cannabis Alone No Longer Satisfies Probable Cause for Search of a Vehicle In Illinois

Generally, once a jury delivers a verdict and a judge delivers a sentence in a criminal trial, the case is over. In a federal criminal case, if an appeal of the sentence or conviction and post-conviction efforts are unsuccessful, a person is convicted of a crime, the sentence is intact and they are generally left without recourse unless changes in the sentencing law are made that apply retroactively by an act of Congress, the Supreme Court, or the United States Sentencing Commission. Even if the laws by which you were convicted change in the time you are serving your sentence,
Continue Reading You might be able to get your federal prison sentence reduced

Although potentially lucrative, creating, selling and prescribing unauthorized medications is an illegal activity that will garner attention from federal investigators.
Last week in Miami, a man was arrested for distributing $230 million worth of adulterated drugs. The suspect allegedly obtained HIV medication illegally, created his own labels for the drug and sold the medication to distributors who then distributed the drugs to their clients without their knowledge. According to the DOJ report, the suspect could be sentenced up to 100 years in prison.
Common forms of this type of medical fraud
There are a few common forms that this type
Continue Reading Counterfeit drug supply chains will get the attention of federal authorities

The United States Supreme Court decided an interesting case that discusses the issue of double jeopardy and how it works. While some of the core issues involve dual sovereignty matters that don’t come up that often, the case involves a basic understanding of double jeopardy and how it could play out in the court system

Many people facing state and federal charges for a single illegal act are surprised to learn that they are not protected by double jeopardy.
Denezpi v. United States
In Denezpi v. United States, the court looked at a criminal case involving a Navajo Indian
Continue Reading Double jeopardy might not provide the legal protection you think

Americans take elder abuse seriously. When evidence arises of possible exploitation, neglect or abuse of someone over aged 65, the reaction is generally swift and aggressive.

For those facing accusations of elder abuse or financial exploitation of the elderly, these accusations can come in both criminal court and in civil court. Further, the public perception is usually one of outrage. When facing allegations in the criminal courts, it takes an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows how to find the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case to help you avoid a conviction and prison time.
South Florida financial exploitation
Continue Reading Fighting back against elder abuse charges

The neglect of the elderly is a common problem, especially in larger urban areas. When the people who are being paid to provide care for the elderly are the ones who are apparently at fault for injuries and deaths occurring to the elderly, the normal recourse resides in the civil courts.

But when does neglect of the elderly, negligence or recklessness surrounding their care and/or nursing home neglect rise to the level of criminal activity? Can a nursing home or a member of its staff be charged with a crime when their negligence results in injury or death to nursing
Continue Reading Can nursing home negligence be a crime?

Although most of the panic around the COVI-19 pandemic has subsided, some issues continue to linger. One remaining effect of the pandemic has been the ongoing targeting and prosecution of fraud stemming from federal relief programs for American businesses. If you were involved in these loans at all, it is important to know how the investigators and prosecutors handle these cases.
Federal loan assistance programs
The federal government responded to the pandemic with significant relief for businesses, mostly in the form of tax credits and low-interest or forgivable loans for small and medium sized businesses.
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief,
Continue Reading The federal government is attacking COVID-relief fraud aggressively

The recent news story about the Supreme Court’s opinion in progress will certainly polarize the already divided American public regarding abortion rights and the right to life throughout the country. However, another story less discussed is the fact that the reported leak of this kind might represent any number of serious federal crimes.
The case
According to Fox News online and many other sources, an early draft of the Supreme Court Justices’ majority ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has been leaked to the public this week. The case itself, challenging the constitutionality of Mississippi’s prohibition
Continue Reading Is the recent Supreme Court leak a criminal offense?

For many people accused of computer-related crimes, and even for many criminal defense attorneys, the evidentiary issues around computer-related crimes seem mysterious and often difficult to sort. However, computer and technology cases involve similar evidentiary issues as any other type of case. Admittedly, some of the details can become complicated, but the fundamental issues are the same.
How was the evidence gathered?
Like most of the cases I have handled over the years, computer crimes and other criminal cases often hinge on how the police conducted the investigation, the arrest and the search – how they gathered evidence. There are
Continue Reading How to challenge evidence in computer cases