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Money laundering in Ohio can result in felony conviction

When a person obtains money illegally, they may attempt to hide the money through various financial transactions. The idea is to avoid detection and keep law enforcement officials and financial institutions in the dark by putting the "dirty" money into a regular business.

For example, if you obtained thousands of dollars from selling heroin, you may decide to put the money towards a local car wash or restaurant. From an outsider's point of view, everything generally appears normal. The money earned from the criminal activity is combined with the legitimate money from the customers of your business, and the commingled funds will be put towards business-related expenses. This makes it difficult for authorities to determine the original source of the income.

Ohio Senate bill attempts to put an end to cheating drug tests

Possessing or distributing controlled substances in the state of Ohio is an illegal act that could result in criminal charges. Many employers, courts, and law enforcement officials require drug testing to ensure that people do not have illegal drugs in their system. However, many Ohio residents struggle with drug addiction, as the number of drug overdose deaths in the state reached 4,854 in 2017. Some drug addicts do whatever they can to beat the test, from using synthetic urine to using additives to defraud the screening test.

A new Ohio Senate Bill could make selling, creating, or possessing synthetic urine a crime in the state of Ohio. The bill would also prohibit using someone else's urine or using additives to beat the test. There is concern that by cheating a drug test, an employee could put their own lives and the lives of others at risk, particularly if they are operating machinery or operating a vehicle.

City billing clerk charged with embezzlement

City employees in Ohio are often trusted to handle significant amounts of money and ensure that the money is spent as intended. Using money intended for another purpose or for your own personal benefit is considered a form of embezzlement and can result in criminal charges.

According to reports, a woman who formerly worked as a senior billing clerk with the City of Bedford reportedly faces charges for tampering with records and falsification and theft in office, after she reportedly stole thousands of dollars from the city. The woman was fired in 2016 after making a number of false statements, which prompted the internal investigation. According to prosecutors, the investigation revealed that the clerk allegedly falsified payment records in the city's utility billing and cash receipt systems to embezzle over $10,000 from the city's water department.

Are you facing a misdemeanor or felony theft charge?

Facing accusations of taking something that did not belong to you may have been something you experienced since a young age. You might have had siblings who accused you of taking their toys or candy, or you may have even faced such accusations from your parents or other adults. At a young age, you may have already been forced to defend yourself in some way.

Of course, accusations of theft as a child and as an adult differ greatly. Now, if you face charges for theft, the allegations likely come from police officers, and you face the possibility of serious consequences if convicted. Plus, you likely also have to defend against those accusations more stringently than a child.

What are some defense strategies for drug crime cases?

Ohio residents facing drug possession or distribution charges worry about the consequences they will face if they are convicted. With jail time, fines, and a criminal record on the line, they have reason to be concerned. However, many drug charges are dismissed thanks to the use of an effective defense strategy.

One of the most common defenses used in drug crime cases is the "the drugs are not mine" defense. It may seem simple, but it can be extremely effective in many cases. Drug crimes in Ohio require the prosecutor to establish the element of possession. For example, if you have been charged with drug distribution, the prosecutor will have to show that you knowingly had the drugs in your possession, or within your control. However, if you had no knowledge that the drugs were there or if they belonged to someone else, it can be argued that you did not actually have possession of the drug.

17 people charged in Ohio for involvement in car theft ring

According to Ohio prosecutors, 17 people are facing charges for their participation in a car theft ring. The alleged thieves apparently stole high-end vehicles, including cars made by luxury car companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi, from residents and car rental companies in several states. They would also apparently use third parties to lease vehicles without intending on returning the cars to the dealerships.

Those participating would then reportedly drive the vehicles to Hamilton County, Ohio, where they would alter their vehicle identification numbers and fraudulently use title paper and documentation stolen from Georgia motor vehicle offices to create fake titles and registrations.

Permitting drug abuse on your property and the consequences

Many people mistakenly believe that as long as they themselves are not using, possessing or distributing drugs, they will not face criminal charges. However, according to Ohio Rev. Code 2925.13, permitting drug abuse on one's property is a crime.

The statute states that knowingly allowing someone to use their vehicle or property to commit a felony drug crime is against the law, even if they are not a drug user and are not directly involved in the drug crime taking place. Permitting drug abuse here is generally classified as a first-degree misdemeanor, but more serious offenses may be classified as a fifth-degree felony. One can be charged for drug use or distribution in one's home, business, vehicle or any other property.

Medical professionals charged for illegal prescriptions

Doctors and pharmacists are trusted professionals in our community that have people's lives in their hands. Due to this responsibility, medical professionals are legally obligated to only prescribe and dispense medication for legitimate medical purposes. Illegally prescribing medications is a drug crime and can lead to jail time and other serious consequences.

According to Federal prosecutors, 60 medical professionals, including dentists, podiatrists, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists, were involved in illegally prescribing and distributing medications that lead to multiple deaths.

Consultant accused of misappropriating funds from consumers

When an individual or company illegally and intentionally used funds of another party for their own use, they could be charged with misappropriation of funds. Misappropriating funds is a form of embezzlement, and you could face criminal charges in the state of Ohio. The severity of the penalties will depend on the amount of money involved and other circumstances surrounding the incident.

The president of a license insurance agency, Oliver Financial Services Corporation, as well as the company itself, is facing state regulatory action following the alleged misappropriation of $500,000 from Ohio consumers without their consent and other fraud-based crimes. According to authorities, the president apparently worked as a financial services consultant for the company and used forged documents to get policyholders to designate him as the beneficiary of the annuities sold by him.

Crimes committed using the USPS can lead to serious penalties

Are you currently facing criminal charges that involve mail fraud? If so, you may be unsure of what you are up against and how you can fight back. Mail fraud may not sound that bad, but in reality, it can land you in prison and leave you facing other serious penalties if convicted. It is in your interests to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible.

Mail fraud is a type of white collar crime that involves using the United States Postal Service to get information, money or assets through deceptive means. The government views the misuse of the USPS as a serious criminal offense. Because this type of crime involves an entity of the federal government, it is a federal charge. If you are up against these allegations, your future is on the line, but you do not have to face it alone.

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