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Several arrests for felonies, other crimes made at festival

Several people were arrested during a recent Minnesota festival highlighting camping and country music. According to authorities, multiple people were charged with felonies at the yearly WE Fest, which was held at a ranch. In addition, several others were charged with less severe crimes during the festival.

Authorities ended up stopping 1,461 cars during the 37th yearly festival. This is an increase from the more than 1,300 cars stopped in 2018, but it is also a decrease from the 1,469 cars stopped in 2017. These stops led to nine felony arrests involving drugs.

Man charged with drug-related felonies after traffic stop

Minnesota authorities recently accused a 24-year-old man of taking heroin and then driving while intoxicated. They thus arrested him on felony charges of drug possession and DWI. However, like anyone else in Minnesota who is accused of felonies, the man is presumed innocent until and unless the government can prove his guilt in court.

The recent DWI arrest occurred when police observed a car parked in the wrong direction in a fire lane one day. When the police approached the car, they reportedly saw a man who had many signs of being impaired. For instance, he was allegedly shaking, was sweating heavily, had fresh injection marks and had constricted pupils.

Couple accused of fraud following alleged welfare scheme

A couple in Minnesota were recently accused of engaging in a scheme involving welfare. Their alleged scheme caused a Minnesota county to lose over $20,000. The two individuals now face felony fraud charges in connection with the reported scam.

According to authorities, a husband and wife did not tell the truth about their earnings, all in an effort to receive financial assistance from the government. Authorities filed charges against them for illicitly getting food stamps totaling over $21,000. The accused also allegedly received medical assistance totaling more than $7,500 even though they did not actually qualify for it.

Minnesota passes bill to address opioid epidemic

On May 19, 2019, a major step toward fighting the opioid crisis was reached as Minnesota lawmakers passed a bill to address the ongoing issue. The bill, aimed to raise and invest money into addiction and preventative services, will do so by raising fees on drug makers.

Much of the funding received by the higher fees would fund strategies to reduce and prevent these overdoses. The rest of the money would go toward reimbursing Minnesota counties who put funds toward aiding families hurt by the epidemic. The state is set to collect around $20 million per year from opioid manufacturers and distributors due to registration fees -- and another $250 million from collections and court settlements with drug manufacturers.

Former chiropractor sentenced for wire fraud

A former chiropractor in Minnesota was recently sentenced to prison for engaging in fraudulent activities as part of his practice. Specifically, the 36-year-old man was sentenced to 27 months behind federal prison bars for committing wire fraud. He will also have to spend a year under court supervision and pay restitution as part of his plea agreement.

The man, during a plea hearing back in January, said he billed health insurance companies over $3 million for treatments that he did not provide, or he overbilled for treatments he performed. The criminal activity took place over the course of two years. The wire fraud charge has to do with his billing Blue Cross for services he actually did not provide to a particular four-member family.

Man sentenced to prison for felonies, namely robberies

A man who robbed automobile parts stores in Minnesota was recently sentenced to two decades behind bars. The sentence came in federal court after he was convicted on six robberies in the state. However, people who are accused of these types of felonies are always presumed innocent unless prosecutors can prove that they are guilty in court.

The man who was recently sentenced to prison for committing multiple robberies apparently went on a robbery spree that ended in November of 2017. Authorities said the 33-year-old man targeted automobile parts stores in Minnesota over the course of several months. The man then allegedly committed several other robberies in two other states.

Felonies involving terroristic threats lead to jail time

A man in Minnesota was recently sentenced to jail time for threatening teenagers with a gun at a McDonald's restaurant. The man was charged with making felony terroristic threats in connection with the incident, which took place in Nov. 2018. Fortunately, when people are accused of these types of felonies, they are always presumed innocent until and unless their guilt can be proven in court.

The man, 55, ended up pleading guilty to a felony count back in March after he was accused of making an ethnic slur at a teenager in November. Authorities said that after the teenager confronted him, he waved a gun at her and her group of friends before leaving the restaurant. Police were able to recover a loaded handgun from him.

Former Mayo Clinic manager charged with fraud

A woman who used to work at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota was recently accused of stealing nearly $72,000 from the hospital. She allegedly did this by committing mileage claim-related fraud from 2015 to 2018. The woman facing fraud charges once served as the hospital's nurse manager.

According to authorities, the woman, 50, did not have to travel much in her role. However, authorities discovered that she submitted several mileage claims featuring exaggerated mile amounts. The woman is also accused of submitting mileage claims for days when she was receiving paid time off.

Just because you deposited money doesn’t mean it’s in the bank

Long gone are the days of hiding your money in a coffee can. If you want to be able to show that you possess the ability to finance a house, new vehicle or college education, you must provide financial statements to your potential lender.

Although you are likely aware that your financial accounts are insured up to $250,000, you may not consider that there could be a problem with a person to whom you entrust your money. However, just because someone works at a bank or credit union does not mean you can trust them.  

Man accused of committing drug-related felonies

A man in Minnesota has been accused of committing a serious drug crime. He now faces charges of felonies following police's alleged discovery of methamphetamine in his home. However, the 23-year-old man is presumed innocent until and unless his guilt is proved in a court of law.

Police said they stopped the man's car on a Tuesday afternoon after learning that he was driving with a revoked license. They then executed a search warrant on the man and his car. Authorities said they ended up discovering what appeared to be methamphetamine in a couple of small plastic bags.


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