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Authorities charge six people allegedly involved in fraud scheme

When you have been charged with a crime, it is wise to speak to an attorney about your options. It is likely that legal counsel was part of a case involving six individuals from Louisiana who recently pleaded guilty to the charges that were filed against them. Each of them was accused of some form of fraud charge, including wire fraud, mail fraud and health care fraud. According to authorities, the group of individuals - varying in age from 25 years old to 54 years old - were involved in several staged automobile accidents.

Officials blame alcohol for many hit-and-runs in New Orleans

It seems that a considerable portion of fatal traffic accidents in New Orleans are hit-and-run situations. The Department of Transportation reported the average percentage of fatal accidents dubbed hit-and-run falls somewhere between 3.5 and 4.5 percent. In New Orleans, though, over the past three years, about 18 percent of fatal accidents have been deemed hit-and-run situations. This year alone, the city has seen six fatal accidents that involved a driver fleeing the scene of the crash. In total, there have been 31 deadly crashes this year so far.

Guilty plea gets college athlete probation, community service

A tailback for Louisiana State University has been suspended from the team after getting into legal trouble. According to reports, the man was accused of simple battery after being involved in an altercation with another individual. A cell phone video released by the Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office showed the defendant punching the man on the side of the head. The man pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges associated with this case.

BP wants settlement decision reversed due to fraudulent claims

The tragedy at Deepwater Horizon is still playing out in courts and if BP has its way, it may have some companies in Louisiana slapped with fraud charges. According to the oil giant, the settlement that was approved last year is being taken advantage of thanks to a decision made by the judge presiding over the case. BP alleges that the judge and the appointed claims administrator have misinterpreted the settlement and fictitious claims have been filed and paid due to this alleged misinterpretation.

Man accused of dealing drugs gets six years instead of 15

Drug charges can be a tough crime to defend against, especially if the authorities have the suspect seemingly pinned with evidence. In this case, it may be best for a defense team to attempt to have the sentence lessened from the desired penalty of the prosecution. Attorneys who specialize in criminal defense often know when to make this call and it can prove very beneficial for defendants as it did in the recent case for an individual charged with dealing drugs.

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