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Boynton Beach man charged with 10 counts of possessing child porn

Computers have become a part of the everyday lives of Americans of all ages, even in Florida and other states with large numbers of senior citizens. Unfortunately, some people use computers to satisfy certain appetites that are criminal in nature, including child pornography.

A Boynton Beach man now faces serious legal trouble after he was arrested for just that --possession of child pornography. According to Boynton Beach police, the 38-year-old man took four laptop computers to a Best Buy shop in Boynton Beach and reportedly asked technicians to transfer all of the images from the laptops to a new computer. The Best Buy employees allegedly noticed more than 20 sexually explicit photos of young girls. Police claim, the girls have been identified as sexual abuse victims.

State authorities charge 3 for alleged insurance fraud scams

Fraud is a problem whenever large amounts of money seem easily obtainable with little real effort on the part of enterprising criminals. For that reason, the insurance industry sees considerable fraud every day in Florida and elsewhere in the country. While these white collar crimes can harm both the companies and those who pay for insurance, they can also harm an innocent person's reputation when false allegations of fraud are thrown around.

Florida's Chief Financial Officer recently announced the arrests of three Fort Lauderdale residents in relation to an alleged insurance fraud scheme involving a staged accident whose supposed victims allegedly submitted more than $80,000 from different clinics in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. A fourth man, a Jacksonville recruiter for the Indian Rehabilitation Center, has already been convicted of participating in the scheme.

Alleged murder in Miami-area hospital leads to roommate's arrest

Whether in Florida or elsewhere in the country, when people are admitted to hospitals they expect to receive medical treatment for their illnesses or injuries. No one expects a hospital or other medical facility to be the scene of violent crimes.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently found itself in the headlines after a 32-year-old patient was allegedly murdered by his roommate in the hospital's psychiatric unit. Aventura police charged the 31-year-old roommate with first-degree murder. Police say he shared a room with the victim, who had been recently admitted for treatment. A housekeeper found the victim unresponsive and face down on the floor, however, hospital staff were unable to revive him. According to the police report, a witness said the suspect had told her he had killed somebody. The accused later told authorities that he had strangled the victim using his hands and a bed sheet. According to hospital authorities, the defendant was admitted to the hospital that morning and placed in the same room as the victim. The suspect was found showering in the room's bathroom after the victim was discovered.

Video of alleged sex party with underage girls leads to charges

A growing number of criminal enterprises have expanded their scope in Florida as elsewhere in the country. Now stalking, fraud and identity theft have become crimes online as much as offline.

Consider the case of a 19-year-old woman who faces Internet crime charges in Miami after police discovered evidence online that she and two men, ages 18 and 19, had allegedly engaged in sexual activities with three underage girls. According to the Miami-Dade bureau of sexual crimes, the Miami woman, who allegedly describes herself as a "porn diva," reportedly took the three girls -- ages 12, 13 and 14 -- to the residence of the 19 year old, where the group allegedly engaged in group sex. A cellphone video of the alleged incident taken by the 18 year old was reportedly put online, prompting the Sexual Crimes Bureau to investigate.

Three people arrested in Florida for alleged drug offenses

Drug offenses come with serious consequences. Whether it's in Florida or elsewhere, state and federal law enforcement agencies do not leave any stone unturned in gathering evidence against a person apprehended for drug-related offenses. If the person is found guilty of drug charges, that person can expect a number of years in federal or state prison and a deeply affected family life.

Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Border Patrol and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office conducted a joint operation for over a year and arrested three residents of Florida for allegedly trafficking drugs worth millions of dollars between a border town in another state and Southern Florida for over ten years.

Alleged lottery scam puts central Florida woman behind bars

Crimes that target innocent victims, particularly senior citizens, are seen by most people as among the worst nonviolent crimes that anyone can commit. A wide variety of white collar crimes bilk people of millions of dollars every year across the country, including in Florida. Whether someone is arrested for running a Ponzi scheme, stealing someone's identity, committing fraud or operating some other scam, he or she will be facing white-collar crime charges that could net him or her several years in prison as well as heavy fines.

A good example is the 48-year-old central Florida woman who was recently arrested in North Miami for violating the terms of her probation following a 2013 conviction for exploiting an elderly woman. She now faces one count each of grand theft and fraud following an incident involving a 56-year-old alleged victim. Authorities claim the defendant approached the victim in March 2013, asking if she could speak Spanish. The suspect then told the woman that she worked for a Latin American Christian foundation and took the victim to a vehicle being driven by another woman.

Miami man allegedly shoots friend and friend's mother to death

In well-populated areas, such as Miami, Florida, crimes such as murder, rape and assault plague various neighborhoods and threaten the safety of residents who often feel trapped in their homes. For this reason, law enforcement authorities continuously look to find and arrest anyone committing these crimes.

Unfortunately, not even well-prepared police can prevent the sort of violence that recently occurred in one Miami neighborhood. According to police, a 21-year-old man shot a high school friend and his mother to death in their home in Arbor Courts, southwest of Miami. just after 4 a.m. in the belief that the son was Satan. The man has been charged with one count of armed burglary and two counts of first-degree murder.

Regional Internet investigation leads to arrests for fraud

Internet crimes, such as identity theft, scams and the dissemination of child pornography, are becoming increasingly common, making these activities as a growing problem for many Americans who end up as victims. Because of this, federal and state authorities are more vigilant, working harder and smarter to stop cybercrimes from threatening the community.

Take, for example, the recent investigation conducted by a regional task force in Miami, nearby areas in South Florida and Atlanta. Eight people were arrested on a variety of charges. A 49-year-old Miami man is facing charges of selling and using counterfeit credit cards. Other people are charged with cell phone insurance fraud. Six people who previously worked as call center agents at AT&T have been charged with stealing customers' personal information from the company's database. Five of the former call center workers are facing charges of conspiracy to sell stolen customer information.

County worker arrested on drug charges

Florida residents know they can always turn to pawnshops and pawnbrokers when they need cash, if they face unexpected expenses. One Miami-Dade man, however, allegedly used pawnshops to sell supplies he stole from his county job to buy cocaine.

The arrest of the 56-year-old Doral resident, an electrician and employee of the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Plant, followed from an investigation by the Miami-Dade Public Corruption Unit. The 22-year employee allegedly stole items from his job, and then sold the items at various locations, including pawnshops, around South Miami-Dade County. Authorities allege the suspect has been stealing materials off the job for nearly 10 years and has pawned items worth approximately $5,000.

Florida woman's criminal situation is linked to PIP fraud

Florida's Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law mandates each vehicle owner in the state, including those in Miami, Florida, to maintain Personal Injury Protection. PIP is extended car insurance that covers medical costs and other damages incurred in a vehicle accident without establishing fault. Much like any other insurance coverage in the U.S., there are alleged fraud cases linked to PIP.

For example, a Florida woman's case was linked to PIP fraud. The woman was arrested for allegedly organizing a fake accident. According to the Florida's Chief Financial Officer, the accused individual reportedly organized and billed for an accident that never happened. The woman may be sentenced to 235 years in prison for her participation in the alleged fraud scheme. Her fraud arrest was part of an operation known as Operation No-Med Services.

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