On March 28, a New York woman pleaded guilty to embezzling $4.1 million from her employer. Officials from the Erie County District Attorney's Office said it is one of the largest individual embezzlement cases prosecutors can recall handling.
A case that was investigated by the New York State Police has ended with three men being sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. The men were charged with the offense for allegedly being involved in a major grow operation of the drug.
Two New York City businessmen were indicted on March 7 for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme that involved purported investments in Broadway show and concert tickets. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that the two men took in $97 million through the scheme from 138 investors from 17 states.
Drug addiction starts small but often grows over time to be out of control. If you need money to support a drug habit, you may turn to dealing or other crimes to get the cash. This often leads to criminal charges and a record that can affect your ability to get a job or live a successful life once you are clean. While you may have been unaware of how addictive the drug could be when you starte d it, it is never too late to learn more about what you are dealing with and how to get help.
In New York in 2016, 14 people were exonerated for crimes they did not commit. African-Americans may be more likely to be wrongly convicted of a crime, according to a study that was released on March 7. The study, performed by the National Registry of Exonerations, looked at data from 1989 to 2016 and found that 47 percent of the 1,900 people exonerated were African-American. This is three times their population in the country. African-Americans were 12 times more likely to face wrongful conviction in drug crimes and seven times more likely to face a wrongful murder conviction compared to whites.