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October 2015 Archives

Drug crimes and the federal prison population

Between 1980 and 2012, the number of detainees in federal prisons increased by approximately 800 percent. California residents may not be surprised that nearly half of these individuals are held on drug convictions. However, it might be surprising to note that more than one-third of the drug offenders held had little or no prior criminal history. The "War on Drugs" is credited with much of the effort to penalize those who traffic in drugs, the offense at issue in the majority of cases for current prisoners held on drug convictions.

California woman sentenced to federal prison for wire fraud

Court documents show that a 47-year-old businesswoman started a kiting scheme in 2007, submitting fake customer details on checks to a payment-processing firm. When she received the advanced funds, she would cover up the debt with more fake customer data. For allegedly stealing over $4.65 million in six years, a California district court judge has sentenced the woman to federal prison.

2 California residents accused of mail theft

It was reported on Oct. 13 that two California residents were taken into custody on Oct. 8 after they were accused of being involved in a spree of mailbox thefts. It was believed that the two targeted hundreds of residents in the Rancho Cucamonga area.

Man indicted in Native American artifacts case

A California man who is accused of stealing Native American artifacts is facing charges that carry penalties of up to 98 years in prison, although it is expected that federal prosecutors will seek fewer than 20 years. The 59-year-old man, an anesthesiologist, is allegedly pictured in photos digging an artifact from a High Sierra glacier.

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