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June 2016 Archives

Star of "Dance Moms" enters guilty plea on fraud charges

California residents may know who Abby Lee Miller is thanks to her role on the Lifetime network reality series 'Dance Moms" and other spinoff shows. On June 27, Miller pleaded guilty to two fraud charges related to her Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Miller was charged with structuring an international monetary transaction and concealing bankruptcy assets.

Public intoxication charges and defenses

California residents who find themselves facing charges for public intoxication may be interested in considering how their case might be viewed in criminal court. A number of elements must usually be met in order for a public intoxication charge to be viable, and if one is not, then a legal defense could be raised that might potentially lead to a beneficial outcome for the charged individual.

Men accused of stealing Red Bull worth $4,700

Police in California have reported that four men and a juvenile were taken into custody on June 3 in connection with an alleged theft of a quantity of the popular energy drink Red Bull worth approximately $4,700. The men, who are all said to be Oakland residents, were transported to a Solano County detention facility after being processed. The minor was taken to a juvenile hall. The men are facing a variety of charges including conspiracy, being in possession of stolen property and suspicion of burglary as well as a number of probation and motor vehicle violations.

Former CalPERS CEO sentenced for bribery

On May 31, a federal judge sentenced the ex-head of the California Public Employees' Retirement System to four and a half years in prison for fraud and bribery. The judge called the defendant's crimes a "spectacular breach of trust" for the purpose of "self-enrichment."

'El Chapo" Guzmán cleared for extradition

Mexican drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo" Guzmán has been cleared for extradition and is now expected to answer charges in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California for cocaine importation. The notorious criminal will also face the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas for a range of charges, including murder, conspiracy and drug trafficking.

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