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Maryland man charged with federal crimes

Federal charges often have more gravity than equivalent state charges. Suspected interstate criminal behavior can complicate charges and worsen penalties, and federal prosecutors may prove more difficult to negotiate with for lower charges. Complex aspects of federal law, such as immigration or taxation, may require help to translate the meanings of charges and understand the impact of a prosecutor's evidence.

A resident of Maryland was recently charged with passport fraud and other crimes related to his residency in the United States. The suspect, a physician born in West Africa, was educated in his native country and worked in Maryland hospitals as well as his own clinic.

The common types of computer fraud

Computer fraud is a common crime all across the country these days. These crimes only continue to get worse as technology advances. Victims of computer fraud can be of any age, but many victims are senior citizens who fall for scams sent via email. Today, we will discuss the most common types of computer fraud in this post so you can be on the lookout at all times.

Phishing is one of the most common crimes committed using computers these days. Phishing occurs when digital communication is sent to potential victims. The digital communication, often in the form of an email, is masked to look like a legitimate sender (a relative or friend or company). The email requests money or personal information to resolve a problem.

Drug company executive charged in legal first

Federal prosecutors have just taken a step that many analysts believe is a legal "first." They've charged the former chief executive officer (CEO) of a drug company with crimes associated with the distribution of opioids nationwide.

America has been suffering from a drug crisis that has been heavily linked to the mass overprescription of opioid painkillers in past decades. In a nutshell, authorities believe that certain drug manufacturers, particularly those that produced oxycontin and similar opiates, totally misled physicians and consumers about the safety of their product. That lead doctors to write prescriptions with a relaxed hand and patients to consume drugs that they believed weren't easily addictive.

Here's why you should always bail out your loved one

What happens if you get a phone call telling you that your spouse, best friend or brother is in jail and needs help with bail? Should you do it?

Absolutely. Even though you may have emotional reservations about "bailing someone out" when they get into trouble (especially if they have a chronic problem) or financial concerns because of the expense, it's important to take advantage of bail whenever it's offered.

How often does crime happen at school?

You send your child to school, hoping it will be a safe place with good influences. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Your child could find themselves in a compromising position and could even be accused of a crime.

To get a better idea of the picture of criminal behavior in schools, let's take a look at one study that centered on the school year from 2015 to 2016. When looking at public schools, which most children attend, a full 79 percent said that they had one or more criminal incidents during the year. These included things like violence and theft.

It's time to turn over all your unused prescription drugs

Every year, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) joints forces with local agencies to provide citizens with a safe -- and legal -- way to dispose of their prescription drugs.

Prescription drug addiction is a serious problem in the United States. A lot of times, addiction starts because people gain access to "leftover" medication that's sitting around a friend's or relative's medicine drawer.

You can't fool a Breathalyzer as easily as you might think

There's a common misconception around Breathalyzer tests that has led people to try some outrageous -- and dangerous -- things to fool those machines if they've been pulled over for a traffic stop after they've been drinking.

A lot of people think that a Breathalyzer measures the smell of the alcohol from your mouth -- so they get the idea that if they can disguise the smell, they can fool the Breathalyzer.

St. Patrick's Day weekend sees over 100 DUI arrests in Maryland

St. Patrick's Day weekend is always a festive time when we wear green and enjoy lots of parties and nights on the town. When this holiday is combined with drinking -- as often occurs -- it presents a special challenge for people who need to get home after the night is through.

Because of the increased risk of drunk driving, the Maryland State Police joined forces with regional authorities to increase drunk driving enforcement. They conducted DUI checkpoints and put more officers out on the roads to identify and arrest inebriated motorists.

College admissions scandal rocks the nation

"Cheating on college entrance exams" seems like something that would involve some misguided teenagers and end in an expulsion or two -- not the sort of thing that catches dozens of high-profile adults across the nation in a net of charges that range from bribery to fraud.

Yet, that's exactly what happened. Approximately 50 people were investigated (and ultimately arrested) by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through what was known as "Operation Varsity Blues." In the end, 33 parents (many of them celebrities, company executives and doctors), a college administrator, nine coaches from various universities, two entrance-exam administrators and one exam proctor were arrested.

Tips for safety traveling with prescription drugs

Are you planning a road trip? Do you need to bring prescription medications with you? If you answered yes to these questions, it's important that you know how to safely transport prescription medication in Maryland. Take a look at the tips outlined below so you do not find yourself in trouble if stopped by a law enforcement officer.

Make sure you pack all of your prescription medications in their original containers for the trip. Even if you use a weekly distribution case, you still need to put the medication in the original containers. You can still bring the weekly dispenser. Just wait to set it up until you have arrived at your destination.

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