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Pain doctor arrested on drug charges after wreck

After a 68-year-old man caused a fatal wreck, police arrested the driver as well as a man who was nowhere near the scene of the accident -- the driver's doctor. Texas police arrested the doctor on multiple drug charges, including allegations that he overprescribed his patients. The driver who caused the wreck was supposedly under the influence of prescription medication at the time.

According to authorities, the pain medicine doctor might have been involved in the running of a so-called pill mill. These types of operations usually involve providing legal prescriptions for pain medication to patients; however, it is unclear why he is suspected of being involved. He has also been named as a suspect in the deaths of multiple deaths from prescription medication overdoses.

A dozen people indicted for health care fraud

For many elderly people in Texas who suffer from ongoing health problems, in-home health care can be an invaluable service. However, state authorities believe that one home health agency might have been submitting invalid claims for reimbursement. As such, a dozen individuals have been indicted on allegations of health care fraud.

Although the fraud allegedly began as far back as Aug. 2013, the 12 people involved in the investigation were not indicted until recently. According to investigators, the alleged operation lasted from Aug. 2013 until Nov. 2014, during which time employees with Three Angels Home Health supposedly sought out individuals who did not qualify for in-home care. Authorities claim that the agency then paid these people anywhere from $100 to about $200 in order to encourage them to sign up for Medicare insurance.

Facing a felony charge? Don't wait to act

While defendants facing any type of criminal charge in Texas should treat their allegations seriously, certain charges do require an exceptional commitment to defense. Whether a misdemeanor or felony charge, accusations involving the loss of a life are some of the most serious offenses in the state of Texas. These types of charges can stem from a variety of situations, including car accidents.

Even if a death was the result of an accident, the state can still bring criminal charges against an individual that it believes is responsible. For instance, if a death arises from a car accident, a driver accused of causing the wreck could possibly face vehicular manslaughter charges. In other situations where a person loses his or her life, evidence obtained by the police might lead them to believe that a manslaughter or even murder charge is warranted.

Traffic stop results in drug possession charges for 2 people

Two people are in police custody after a traffic stop allegedly led to the discovery of illegal substances. In addition to the drugs that the police claim they found, they also found a firearm in a somewhat surprising location. Both the driver and his passenger are currently still behind bars on charges for drug possession.

Texas authorities did not disclose what factors might have led them to initiate the traffic stop, although they did note that it was within about 1,000 feet of a nearby elementary school. These areas are typically referred to as drug-free zones. At some point during the traffic stop, police searched the vehicles and found various amounts of methamphetamine as well as a digital scale, which was presumably intended to weigh the illegal substance.

Misdemeanor charge a possibility after players tackle referee

Two high school football players from Texas made national news after tackling a referee during a game. While that act has drawn widespread criticism, it also produced a somewhat surprising aftermath -- a misdemeanor charge. Texas is one of 24 states that have laws addressing assaults against sports officials.

The incident was captured on video and subsequently uploaded to YouTube, where it soon spread across the Internet, gaining views as it went. Although it is not entirely clear why the two players decided to tackle the attending referee, records indicate that he had ejected two separate players with not much time left on the clock. After the game, the coach apologized, and both players have since been suspended.

Sexual assault charges filed against former band teacher

A Texas high school band leader resigned from his position following serious criminal allegations. Charged with multiple felonies for what was described as an inappropriate relationship with one of his students, he is currently still behind bars. The investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a teenager is still ongoing at this time.

Police say that the relationship between the instructor and 16-year-old girl began over text messages. The two exchanged texts of an apparent sexual nature for approximately nine months before it is believed that anything further happened. In an affidavit, the former teacher allegedly admitted that he had touched the student underneath her clothing while the two were in his school office.

With 1 felony charge remaining, Rick Perry files for dismissal

It is not uncommon for defendants who believe that there is no credible evidence against them to request that their charges be dismissed. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has already had one felony charge dismissed, and he is currently requesting that the other be dismissed as well. The possible dismissal is currently pending with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

In 2014, Perry was indicted by a grand jury on two federal charges -- coercing a public servant and abusing power. The charges ultimately stemmed from a county district attorney who, after pleading guilty on drunk driving charges, did not resign. Perry vetoed over $7 million of public integrity funding when the resignation he had requested did not come. His veto of the funding was ultimately followed by the series of criminal allegations.

I've been charged with racketeering, what does that mean?

Falling under the umbrella term of white-collar crimes, racketeering typically refers to one of two situations. Often prosecuted under specific laws and statutes, racketeering charges are also handled according to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. For defendants facing allegations of racketeering, RICO drastically altered the playing field.

One type of racketeering involves an illegal business run by some type of organized group such as a gang. These so-called rackets have not changed much over time in Texas, and they still include covers for other activities such as drug, sex or weapons trafficking. Part of a racket's staying power is typically in the large number of people working for it. A common tactic for those heading up rackets is to bring in as many workers as possible in order to make arresting everyone involved an almost impossible task.

Two Texas men behind bars on drug charges

Two men are in police custody on allegations that they both took part in activities related to organized crime. In addition to drug charges, the pair are also accused of cock fighting. It is possible that the two might have also been involved in a suspected drug trafficking operation.

Multiple departments in Texas participated in an investigation into suspected drug trafficking activities that apparently led them to the two men. Authorities made the arrests at a residence, although it is unclear if the home belonged to either of those arrested. Although several different drugs were supposedly being trafficked from that specific location -- including marijuana, cocaine, prescription medications and methamphetamine - - police only recovered methamphetamine, various drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

Driver faces DWI charges related to fatal accident

Police have arrested a driver that they claim might have played a role in the death of a motorcyclist. The deceased victim was apparently not wearing any type of helmet at the time of the deadly accident, which is illegal in Texas except under certain circumstances. The driver suspected of striking the motorist was initially arrested on allegations of intoxicated assault, although those DWI charges were upgraded following the motorcyclist's death.

The 59-year-old man had supposedly made a fast-food purchase just before the accident. After picking up his order in a drive-thru lane at a fast-food joint, police say the driver then pulled out of the parking lot and onto an adjacent street. However, he allegedly cut a motorcyclist off, causing the motorcycle rider to strike his vehicle.