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Former Ohio State football player faces drug charges

A former Ohio State football player and another man were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop. Former defensive lineman Michael Hill, and his passenger, were pulled over after Hill allegedly ran a red light near an interstate off-ramp.

The officers on the scene reportedly found a revolver that was allegedly stolen under the front passenger seat, as well as approximately 1.5 pounds of a substance authorities believe to be methamphetamine in the trunk of the vehicle. Both men were arrested and now face charges for possession with intent to deliver meth.

Pyramid and Ponzi schemes could lead to investment fraud charges

We've all heard of scammers using pyramid or Ponzi schemes as a way of taking advantage of hopeful, unsuspecting investors to get rich. What you may not know is that there are many laws in place in Ohio that prohibit these fraudulent activities.

Under the Ohio Anti-Pyramid Sales Act and Business Opportunity Purchaser's Protection Act, as well as many other fraud laws, pyramid and Ponzi schemes are considered fraudulent investment operations and forms of embezzlement and those running these operations could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

Ohio Representative charged with DUI, felony drug possession

Ohio State Representative Sedrick Denson, D-Bond Hill, reportedly faces criminal charges after a routine traffic stop earlier this month. Denson apparently was stopped for speeding and driving outside lane lines. Denson apparently submitted to a number of field sobriety tests, including the finger-to-nose, walk-and-turn and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. However, Denson allegedly refused a chemical test, according to the police complaint.

The officer allegedly determined that Denson failed one or more of the field sobriety tests and arrested him. According to the dash cam video, Denson claimed he had two glasses of wine at a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. the day before, and said that he normally did not drink wine. The traffic stop occurred at approximately 2:48 a.m. Denson also apparently said that the reason he was driving outside the lines was because he was checking his GPS.

College admissions fraud touches many parents

More parents seem to be feeling the pressure for their children to receive a degree from an exclusive college or university. These institutions have exceedingly high standards that often go beyond SAT test scores. Like many Ohio parents, you want the best for your child and would be willing to do whatever you had to if it meant obtaining admission for your child into an Ivy League or other prestigious school.

As recent headlines show, some of the lengths to which parents go to get their kids into Yale, Stanford or other elite universities include committing fraud and other white-collar crimes. While the recent admissions scandal involved the use of a nonprofit company created to assist kids on their path to college, parents, coaches and even students now find themselves defending their actions. You may have concerns if you are facing accusations of involvement in a similar scheme.

New drug bill may reclassify minor drug possession in Ohio

All across the nation, lawmakers are making an impact on criminal justice reform, particularly when it comes to minor drug crimes. Many people in possession of drugs for their own personal addictions have been charged with felonies in the state of Ohio. However, lawmakers recently introduced Senate Bill 3 in an effort to make many minor drug possession charges misdemeanors rather than felonies. Lawmakers hope the Senate passes the bill by June of this year.

Under the new bill, anyone caught with small amounts of drugs in their possession may be able to avoid a criminal conviction by undergoing treatment for their addiction. Judges will be allowed to put a drug possession case on hold while the defendant undergoes court-ordered treatment for his or her addiction. If the defendant successfully completes the treatment, the judge may dismiss the case or order further treatment if necessary to encourage the defendant's recovery.

What is embezzlement?

Taking money or property that doesn't belong to you and using it for your own gain, with no intent of giving it back, is generally considered a theft crime in the state of Ohio. Embezzlement is similar to other crimes of theft and/or larceny, but differs in that it typically occurs when one party has legal access to someone else's money or property for management purposes, but ends up illegally diverting funds or otherwise using the other party's money for themselves without permission. With other crimes of theft, the offending party generally does not have legal access to the other party's money or property.

In other words, embezzlement essentially requires a violation of trust. An embezzler is typically someone who was trusted to manage or protect someone else's assets, but chose to violate their duties and take the money for themselves.

Identity theft can result in serious penalties

There are many forms of identity fraud, but generally, a person may face criminal charges if they wrongfully collect and use another person's personal information to commit a fraud.

According to Ohio identity theft law, it is against the law for someone to use, possess or obtain someone's personal identifying information without consent. This information typically includes the person's Social Security number, birth date, driver's license number, PIN numbers and credit information. Many offenders access this information by stealing someone's wallet or purse or rummaging through someone's trash for bank statements and old tax records.

Drug charges dropped against Browns wide receiver

If you were arrested for drug possession or any drug-related charges, there is every chance that your charges could be dismissed with the right defense strategy. Antonio Callaway, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, was facing a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession following a traffic stop in August of last year, but has since had the charge dismissed.

Callaway apparently was stopped by a police officer for allegedly failing to yield to oncoming traffic. During the stop, the officer reportedly found a small amount of marijuana under the driver's seat and discovered that Callaway had a suspended license. Callaway was charged with the drug crime of marijuana possession and driving without a valid operator's license. He pleaded not guilty to these charges, and also pleaded not guilty to a speeding charge from October 2018.

What opioid abuse can do to your body and life

Perhaps you suffered an injury in a crash, a work-related accident or some other accident. In the alternative, you may suffer from a medical condition such as cancer that causes you intense pain. In order to help you control your pain, your doctor prescribed you an opioid.

The medication did its job. Your pain is under control, and you are on the mend. However, while you took the drug, you became addicted to it, and you continued using it long after your pain disappeared. Now, you have a problem. Part of you wants to quit taking the pills, but another part of you doesn't or can't. Other than potentially facing a variety of criminal charges associated with an addiction to pain medication, you may wonder what it will do to your body.

Local men face federal charges for drug trafficking

Three men here in Ohio are facing federal charges for possession of drugs. The FBI raided a regular neighborhood hangout and allegedly seized drugs and more than $10,000 in cash from two homes connected with the case. All three of the men suspected by the authorities to be involved have been charged with federal drug crimes and may face a prison sentence ranging from 10 years to life if they are convicted.

According to the investigators, the place was on the radar of the police department for several years. All three men apparently have prior criminal records, and one of them was also accused of running an illegal gambling operation. That man is also charged with illegal gun possession. According to the FBI, it was a long-term investigation targeting these men for their narcotics distribution. Specifically, they were charged with bringing into the area, packaging and attempting to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl.

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