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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.

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.


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