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Boy charged with felonies following alleged stabbing

A teenage boy in Minnesota was recently accused of stabbing a woman at an elementary school playground. He is also accused of selling a drug near the school. The boy now faces charges of felonies in connection with the alleged crimes.

According to police, the stabbing took place on a Tuesday night. When they arrived at the school, they reportedly discovered the boy with a knife in his hand. In addition, the woman was allegedly unconscious beside him on the ground, and a knife-inflicted wound was in her abdomen.

Fraud accusations against a Minnesota public servant

A public official finds herself in a difficult position after allegations of wrongdoing on her part and the part of the organization she runs, the Department of Human Services, have come to light. Specifically, these accusations related to potential fraud in how the DHS investigates Minnesota child care organizations. This official adamantly maintains her innocence and claims the probe is simply an effort to derail her political career.

At this point, there are no specific accusations against her, and no charges have been filed. However, a group that that looks at government organizations believes it is possible that fraudulent activities took place in specific child care programs run by the state. At this time, it appears that she is on leave while there is a continued investigation into DHS and this situation.

Former executive of credit union charged with fraud

A Minnesota credit union's former chief executive officer (CEO) and president has been accused of stealing more than $2.5 million. She is therefore scheduled for an arraignment in late March on a felony charge of fraud. The arraignment will take place over five years following the credit union's financial collapse.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation began to investigate the credit union back in January of 2014. Still, the alleged fraud did not receive public exposure until early 2016. That is when authorities reportedly uncovered an embezzlement scheme in which the former executive was engaged. She allegedly diverted credit union money and deposited it into her own accounts, members' accounts and family members' or friends' accounts. In addition, she is accused of using unwitting members' accounts to develop phony loans or boost legitimate loans' balances.

Fraudulent medical billing could jeopardize your career

There are several laws governing you as a medical professional. Since you are involved in healthcare, you are probably familiar with the False Claims Act (FCA), which serves to protect the government from being provided poor-quality goods or services. In your field, you might deal with the FCA more as it relates to the illegality of knowingly submitting fraudulent claims for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

If you are accused of violating the FCA, the potential consequences you could face include fines up to an amount three times greater than the programs’ loss, imprisonment and additional $11,000 penalties for each claim filed.

Felonies may include possession of large quantities of drugs

A Minnesota Vikings player was recently accused of possessing marijuana in his home. He now faces a felony charge as a result. However, individuals who are accused of committing felonies are always presumed innocent until and unless their guilt can be proved in a court of law.

Police reported that they obtained a warrant to search the apartment of Roc Thomas in mid-January after allegedly receiving complaints about the smell of marijuana coming from his apartment. At that time, they reportedly found several glass jars that contained marijuana along with marijuana wax. These jars held over triple the quantity of marijuana necessary for someone to be charged with a felony.

Felonies in Minnesota include operating while intoxicated

A man in Minnesota was recently accused of operating a vehicle while driving intoxicated for the ninth time. He thus faces a felony charge of OWI. However, individuals in Minnesota who are accused of felonies are always presumed innocent until and unless their guilt is proved in a court of law.

In the recent case involving operating while intoxicated, police reported that they stopped the 48-year-old man after discovering that his driver's license had been revoked due to prior OWI convictions. Police said they saw that he was holding a beer can that had not yet been opened. However, the man allegedly told police that he had already consumed several beers.

Grain elevator manager accused of fraud, tax evasion

A grain elevator manager in Minnesota has been accused of treating himself to safaris with the millions of dollars he allegedly stole from the company over a period of 15 years. However, he recently decided to surrender to federal officials after being formally charged with mail fraud and tax evasion. He will reportedly plead guilty to the crimes in mid-February.

According to federal officials, the 56-year-old man used his elevator company position to write himself and third parties checks that were phonily represented as being used to purchase operating expenses, such as corn and soybeans. After writing the checks to himself, he allegedly cashed them and used the money to renovate his home and a cabin used for hunting. He is also accused of using the money to cover the costs of all-terrain vehicles, jewelry and exotic trips.

2 men in Minnesota accused of committing felonies, misdemeanors

Two men in Minnesota, ages 34 and 30, were recently accused of committing serious crimes, including drug possession. They have also been charged with driving while intoxicated. Their arrests for committing both felonies and misdemeanors occurred following traffic stops by Minnesota State police.

According to authorities, a police officer stopped the men's truck at a little past 10 p.m. on a Thursday when he noticed that no light was illuminating their license plate. The officer reported that the 34-year-old man's eyes appeared to be glossy and that he had slurred speech. After completing four sobriety tests, he reportedly failed three of them. Police reported that they also found drugs in his car, and the additionally learned that there was a warrant out for his arrest for a charge of domestic assault. Police ended up arresting the man at the scene of the traffic stop.

3 women charged with fraud after allegedly stealing from charity

Three women in Minnesota have been accused of stealing money intended to help homeless individuals. They currently face fraud charges. According to federal prosecutors, the women pilfered thousands of dollars while working at Catholic Charities.

One of the women reportedly provided her Social Security number and name to a charity worker, who completed fake Internal Revenue Service forms as well as lease agreements. The worker then allegedly made it possible for the woman to receive checks. Over the course of 3.5 years, the woman reportedly stole nearly $36,000 from the charities.

2 individuals accused of committing felonies in Minnesota

Two individuals were recently arrested for allegedly committing several serious crimes in Minnesota. Specifically, they reportedly committed the felonies of assault, aggravated robbery and burglary. The two individuals facing these charges are a 38-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman.

According to police, a woman reported being assaulted by the 27-year-old woman outside of a bar at around 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday. A couple of hours later, police were called to the assaulted woman's home after she had reportedly been shot in the leg. The 38-year-old man allegedly shot the woman because she had reported the assault on the 27-year-old woman, who was apparently his cousin.

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