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Founder of drug company accused of bribery

According to prosecutors, the founder of a drug company that sold powerful drugs gave cash to doctors in exchange for prescriptions. As a result, use of fentanyl spiked, causing addiction and even death for many users. While this is just one component of the current opioid epidemic in New York and throughout the country, federal prosecutors believe that it's important to stamp down on the problem wherever they can.

Child pornography laws in New York

People accused of crimes related to child pornography may face New York state charges as well as federal charges. Under the New York Penal Code, Article 263 defines offenses involving the sexual performance of a child. These crimes include production, distribution, promotion and knowing possession of child pornography. Child pornography does not involve any form of nudity of a child; the material prohibited by this law involves actual or simulated sexual conduct by a child younger than 16. The law applies to children under 17 if the person is accused of authorizing or inducing the child to create the pornographic material. It also applies to children under 17 if the person is accused of producing, directing or promoting the pornography.

The difference between tax fraud and negligence

According to the IRS, about 17 percent of taxpayers don't follow the tax code in a given year. However, less than 1 percent of taxpayers are convicted of tax fraud or other tax code violations annually. This is because not all violations of the tax code are the same. To rise to the level of fraud, a taxpayer in New York or elsewhere must willfully ignore or violate some portion of the tax code.

Identity theft remains a thorny problem

Identity thieves in New York and around the country have been the targets of FBI investigations for decades, but the problem has become far more serious in recent years as more and more Americans handle their financial affairs online. The Federal Trade Commission says that the number of complaints it received about identity theft almost doubled between 2010 and 2015, but experts believe that the true number could be much higher than government figures indicate because many victims never learn that their identities were stolen.

Man receives federal drug charges

A 36-year-old man was taken into custody by New York state police after a drug raid during which authorities found a gun, drugs and drug paraphernalia. There was also ammunition for the DPMS LR-308 semi-automatic assault rifle as well as a scope and tripod for the weapon. The man was not supposed to be in possession of the gun or the ammunition because of a previous conviction according to authorities.

Kidnapping as a federal crime

In certain circumstances, federal authority may be exercised if a New York resident is kidnapped. This may be true if a person is taken across state lines or if the kidnapping involves a protected foreign national. In some cases, the federal government will get involved in cases where a parent has taken a child out of the country if that child is under the age of 16.

Federal carjacking offenses

In New York, carjacking is a crime that can be prosecuted under state law. It may also be prosecuted as a federal offense if certain circumstances apply. People who are charged with carjacking under federal law may face substantial penalties if they are convicted of the offense.

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.

How a person can be charged with computer fraud

There are many ways in which a New York resident could be accused of using a computer to commit fraud. Computer fraud is a broad term that encompasses acts of theft, deception, misrepresentation and harm. Some people could be accused of committing a simple act of computer fraud with one email while others are charged for orchestrating complex scams over the Internet.

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