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July 2018 Archives

Open-source ancestry websites help to solve cold case felonies

The body of a 12-year-old girl was found in a fire pit in 1986, and police had no suspects. Only in 2006, sometime after law enforcement in Michigan and across the country started using DNA to solve felonies, police had a test done on DNA found at the murder scene, but there was no match in existing databases at the time. With advancing technology, open-source ancestry sites became available for people who wanted to learn more about their roots.

DNA might be the answer for wrongful convictions for felonies

The National Registry of Exonerations is a jointly run organization by Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and a university in another state. They determined that almost a third of the 2,245 people who were exonerated since 1989 were convicted for felonies based on mistaken identities. A significant number of these wrongful convictions were overturned upon presentation of post-conviction DNA evidence. An organization in another state called the Innocence Project focuses mostly on sex crimes and homicides. It claims that eyewitness misidentification was a factor in 71 percent of exonerations.

White collar crimes: Doctor pleads not guilty in federal court

Amid the growing national opioid epidemic, the U.S. Department of Labor became suspicious when it was determined that the Federal Employees' Compensation Act's spending on compound medicines skyrocketed from $2 million in 2011 to $263 million in 2016. A federal investigation was launched, and Michigan readers might be interested to know that a general surgeon in another state is one of several doctors under federal indictment for white collar crimes. The labor department alleges this doctor is part of an alleged scam that arranged false prescriptions for U.S. armed service members for compound medications they did not need -- to the value of $39.7 million.

Defenses re charges for computer and internet crimes

Felony convictions bring penalties, and some are more severe than others are. Using a device such as a computer or a smartphone to commit crimes can lead to enhanced penalties. For that reason, anyone in Michigan who is being investigated for computer and internet crimes is best advised to seek legal counsel immediately.

Bulk mail scheme operators face white collar crimes charges

Anyone in Michigan who learns that he or she is being investigated for fraud will want to secure criminal defense counsel -- even before an arrest. Hefty fines, restitution orders and even incarceration can follow a conviction, and acting early may prevent or limit any consequences. Three men in another state who are accused of white collar crimes are facing federal charges for alleged postal fraud conducted over a period of approximately five years.

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