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White collar felony charges leveled against four business owners

The New York Inspector General recently announced the arrest of four business owners on fraud and theft charges with respect to alleged violations of the state's workers' compensation system. The law requires that each employer must carry workers' compensation insurance coverage for benefits prescribed by state law to those who are injured at work. In one case, authorities charged the owner with grand larceny and falsifying business records, both felony charges, and with the failure to obtain compensation insurance, a misdemeanor.

Former lawmaker convicted of felony charges may get house arrest

Occasionally, a convicted defendant's terminal health condition will affect the nature of the sentence that is imposed. In one white collar criminal conviction in New York state, the U.S. Attorney has relinquished an attempt to have a former powerful state senator incarcerated due to the defendant's reportedly terminal cancer diagnosis. The U.S. Attorney stated that the decision -- made in the face of a conviction on felony charges for lying to the FBI -- was made after the prosecution's own medical expert agreed with the defendant's experts that the defendant has one year or less to live.

Felony charges against 17 for running Internet gambling ring

New York authorities on Oct. 29 participated in the arrest of 17 persons spread through four states for running what the police called a "highly sophisticated" crime enterprise centered around gambling on the Internet. The alleged group members used offshore gambling websites in their sports betting business. Police charged them in a 24-count indictment with felony charges called enterprise corruption .

Man charged with criminal offense in fraternity hazing death

It's not unusual to hear that excessive fraternity hazing resulted in death or serious injury. The subject is topical right now due to at least two deaths in the state attributed to hazing in the past year. The most recent event occurred in Nov. 2014 when a 19-year-old man died in a hazing incident that has netted five criminal arrests to date. The fifth arrest – made just recently by the Albany police – was of a 20-year-old male who, like the other four, had been a student at the State University of New York at Albany. The men are charged with the criminal offense of first-degree hazing, a misdemeanor.  

Parents arrested on felony charges in beating death of teen son

First degree manslaughter in New York is punishable by a sentence of  five to 25 years. The felony charges involve accusations that a person, with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, causes the death of such person. Serious physical injury under the state's Penal Law is defined as physical injury that results in death or creates a substantial risk of death.

Woman who helped convicts escape is sentenced on felony charges

For almost a month this past spring and summer, the nation was held captive to a news story out of northern New York involving the escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum security lockup. An important slice of the story pertained to a prison laundry worker who admitted to providing the two with tools that they used in their escape. The spectacle of the 51-year-old married woman was dramatically intensified by reports that she had apparently become close with both prisoners prior to their escape. The end game came into place on Sept. 28 in a state court when she was sentenced to 2 1/3 years to seven years in prison pursuant to a plea deal on the felony charges she faced.

Felony charges filed in AMBER alert for missing 4-year-old girl

When an AMBER alert is issued, the police in multi-state jurisdictions engage in a thoroughly cooperative effort to locate a missing child and apprehend the suspects. An example of that occurred on Sept. 5 when New York State Police apprehended a 47-year-old grandmother and her 61-year-old boyfriend on the New York Thruway in Onondaga County and filed felony charges against them. The AMBER alert was originated in Vermont where the couple allegedly absconded with the woman's 4-year-old granddaughter over whom she had no custodial rights.

Felony charges for mother who killed baby, lived with corpse

When a criminal defendant's actions with respect to the charged offense are bizarre and perhaps uncharacteristic of the person's general personality, criminal defense counsel must at least explore the possibility of a defense of insanity. One type of situation in which the insanity defense has been used is in the area of parents or guardians killing infants or very young babies for no explainable reason. The defense will not generally apply to an incident of child abuse or similar felony charges under New York law. Instead, the defense may potentially apply only where there is extremely unusual or shocking behavior seemingly caused by delusionary thinking that affects the person's ability to distinguish right from wrong.

Arson felony charges pursued for destroyed thruway salt shed

The crime of arson is generally the intentional setting on fire or bombing of the building or real property of another. The least serious arson charge in New York state is arson in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor charge. Arson in first through fourth degrees are all felony charges with differing punishments.

Visitors face felony charges on innocent gun violations

New York state's gun control laws are downright unfriendly to visitors from other states that have a more liberal concealed gun policy. For example, one former Marine from another state was arrested when trying to enter the Sept. 11 Memorial with two licensed guns in her backpack. She reported the guns to the security staff, but they arrested her on the spot for felony charges under the state gun laws. She found herself facing 3 ½ to 15 years in prison for doing something perfectly legal in her own state.

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