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May 2017 Archives

Actor involved in federal money laundering probe

While many New York residents may have enjoyed Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street", few will be aware that the Oscar-winning actor is in some ways connected to a federal money laundering investigation over his involvement in the project. DiCaprio released a statement in October 2016 revealing that he has assisted investigators who are tracking about $3.5 billion that was allegedly misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

New policies could swell federal prison population

New York residents may be aware of efforts in recent years to ease overcrowding in federal prisons. This was done in part by limiting the use of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that had the potential to put nonviolent offenders behind bars for many years. However, in a two-page memo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has now directed federal prosecutors to seek the most serious charges against defendants.

RICO charges for drug arrests

New Yorkers arrested based on drug crime allegations may face additional risks. In some drug cases, federal prosecutors may decide to pursue RICO charges, increasing the level of potential penalties.

Life insurance investing firm settles with SEC

New York residents may be interested to learn that a New Jersey-based management firm along with its CEO have agreed to pay more than $4 million in order to settle charges after they were accused of being involved in a Ponzi scheme. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm used new investor money to pay earlier investors.

Arrests in drug trafficking operation

According to officials, 52 individuals were charged with multiple offenses related to almost 370 crimes as a result of a Central New York drug trafficking operation. The charges included selling drugs, operating as a major drug trafficker, drug possession and conspiracy to commit murder.

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