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February 2015 Archives

Prosecuting tax fraud a high priority in Minnesota

In our last post, we discussed tax fraud and how common it can be during this time of year. People make honest mistakes on returns while filing their taxes and end up facing the IRS, state authorities and severe consequences.

Embezzlement may start small, but it can have big repercussions

Every person knows that stealing is wrong. However, people can find themselves in desperate situations where they make some bad decisions they never thought they'd make. Maybe they have fallen behind on bills or a costly emergency has arisen and are in financial trouble. In some cases, a person can make the unfortunate decision of taking money from an employer or other party that has trusted him or her to manage an organization's finances.

Minnesota Ties to Overthrowing Gambian Government

Recently, several people have been indicted in the District of Minnesota for a violation of Federal Neutrality Act for conspiring in the country to overthrow the Government of The Gambia, a small country in West Africa. The Government has accused a number of American citizens of Gambian descent of planning a coup in The Gambia. This coup failed and several of the so called conspirators were killed. A number of relatives of the alleged coup conspirators have disappeared since the event took place and are presumed dead or worse. For background the government of The Gambia is ruled by a merciless dictator named Jammeh. He has had the position for many years. Although there is a relationship with our government it is not a good one as our government, as well as Amnesty International has repeatedly criticized Jammeh's maniacal and unmerciful rule. Nevertheless our government has chosen to indict these honorable people. The justification in the words of ours esteemed Attorney General, Eric Holter, is "We cannot let our private citizens set our foreign policy". The law firm's answer to that both in and out of court is "why not?" they would do a much better job. There are both defenses and mitigating factors to bring to bare in this matter and we will do our best to present both. 

Drug charges dropped due to questionable enforcement efforts

It is no secret that federal and state authorities dedicate vast amounts of time, energy and money to enforcing drug laws. Correctional facilities are overwhelmed by people who have been convicted of drug offenses and subjected to mandatory minimums thanks to these extensive efforts.

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