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June 2016 Archives

Money laundering charges filed against affluenza mom

The notorious affluenza case brought national attention to Texas on multiple occasions, perhaps most recently when the affluenza teen and his mother were accused of fleeing the country. Initially, the mother was criminally charged for allegedly aiding her son with his flight, but at least one additional charge has been filed since then. Added by a grand jury, she is accused of committing money laundering.

CMS cracking down on health care fraud in Texas

As a result of increasing concerns about fraud, home health care providers in Texas will soon be under even more scrutiny than ever before. The initiative hopes to cut down on Medicare and health care fraud, but some worry that the move could have unintended consequences. The extra scrutiny could jeopardize health care providers' careers, as well as patient coverage.

Study links bail to outcome of state crime charges

To the average Texan, there might not appear to be any type of link between bail and how some defendants plea. However, a recent study found that whether people are assigned bail for their state crime charges greatly impacts the rate at which people plea guilty. This link has some questioning just how appropriate it is to continue booking people into jail when they are financially incapable of shelling out hefty fines.

Graffiti garners felony charge for teen boys in Texas

Graffiti from an apparent senior prank landed five teenagers in police custody. The graffiti -- which was spray painted on the building of an opposing high school -- apparently depicted vulgar imagery and included racially charged statements. Each of the five teen boys is currently facing a felony charge for his alleged involvement in the act.

Officers charged with drug possession with intent to distribute

Facing any kind of felony drug charge in Texas, whether at the state or federal level, can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person can endure. If the person charged is also a law enforcement officer, the pressure may even be greater due to concerns about incarceration. The recommended sentences for drug possession with intent to distribute are set very high, and many in law enforcement may feel that their sentences could be greater due to the fact they are held to a higher standard than common citizens.