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November 2012 Archives

Homeless center claims residents were target of fraud

A New Orleans center serving the homeless, known as the Harry Tompson Center, claims that a number of its residents have been targeted in an identity theft fraud scheme. Its executive director says that homeless people staying at the shelter have been approached by unidentified people and offered cash payments if they will help negotiate the cashing of fake or purloined checks or assist in the handling of stolen merchandise.

Baton Rouge sisters sentenced to federal prison on fraud convictions

Earlier this month, two Baton Rouge sisters were sentenced to time in federal prison after they admitted to stealing other people's personal information in order to defraud banks of a total of $148,935. The fraud reportedly occurred over a three-year period.

Federal response to marijuana legalization unclear

Users of marijuana nationwide are waiting with great interest to see what the response of the federal government will be to the state law legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. The measures approved the legal possession of small quantities of the drug by adults for private recreational use, going beyond previous changes in the laws of 18 states which permitted the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes such as relief of pain.

Harsh crackdown on drugs by Baton Rough law enforcement

Law enforcement authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish have recently stepped up their efforts to enforce drug laws in the area, targeting both those they claim are involved in drug trafficking as well as those charged with drug possession. Recent harsh enforcement efforts have focused both on cocaine and heroin and on various synthetic drugs.

Baton Rouge crime rates soar, says FBI

Newly released statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show that Baton Rouge crime numbers surpassed those of nearby New Orleans. That city, which is often maligned for its high crime rates, actually had a lower rate of violent crimes when compared to the Baton Rouge metro area. New Orleans' violent crime rate was about 800 per 100,000 residents, while Baton Rouge had about 1,065 per 100,000. Those violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, assault and aggravated assault, among others.

Murder suspect legal team replaced

A man accused of shooting several people at a construction firm where he was previously employed has received a new team of lawyers. The man, who faces homicide charges in connection with the incident, received the new legal representation at the request of the Louisiana Public Defender Board. He will now be represented by the Baton Rouge Capital Conflict Office, according to state officials.

Louisiana nurse acquitted in Medicare fraud trial

Found not guilty on all federal Medicare fraud charges, a Baton Rouge woman was previously accused of taking part in a scam involving 91 people in eight cities. The nurse was accused of being part of a larger plot in which Medicare was billed for care never given to patients. Convictions for the other defendant included conspiring to defraud the country or receive health care kickbacks, while the jury was undecided on whether she and her husband committed health care fraud.

Drug possession charges follow unrelated investigation of Louisiana men

On Oct. 22, four former Louisiana State University (LSU) football players were arrested and charged with marijuana possession. One of the suspects was arrested at his apartment near the LSU campus, after police arrived to investigate an argument he got into with a maintenance worker at his apartment complex. In the process, 10 bags of marijuana were discovered.

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