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Baton Rouge women charged defrauding IRS for $1.4 million

Decades of prison time and tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties are punishments levied for tax crimes. A federal tax fraud or tax evasion charge has the potential to ruin or destabilize families, professional and social reputations and finances. Without a rock-solid criminal defense strategy, a tax error conviction can be as devastating as conviction for a purposeful crime.

Accusations suggest fraud in BP claims process

The 2010 oil spill is still affecting people more than three years later, but in a different way than some might think. According to allegations, a former senior attorney involved with the Court Supervised Settlement Program for the BP oil spill was involved in a fraud scheme that allowed him to receive a kickback of $40,000 for his efforts on a claim worth almost $8 million. Fraud charges were not filed until officials conducted an internal investigation and discovered that there was room for conflicts of interest.

Teens charged with hate crime after pellet gun incident

Earlier this month, police arrested five teenagers for allegedly shooting a man in New Orleans with a pellet gun while he sat on his porch in the French Quarter. Authorities have charged the teens with a hate-crime, a felony charge for those that were not juveniles. According to the reported victim, a car rolled up in front of his house in the 1100 block of Burgundy Street around 11:30 p.m. The man said that the occupants began shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him before shooting pellet guns at him. He was reportedly struck a number of times, suffering both bruises and cuts from the incident.

Heroin seizures in Baton Rouge at higher levels than last year

Police have reported a rise in the amount of heroin they are seeing in southern Louisiana, particularly in the Baton Rouge area. This is highlighted by recent criminal charges filed against a 24-year-old man from Denham Springs, Louisiana, who allegedly injected his 19-year-old girlfriend with a dose of heroin that killed her. Though a district attorney has said that such a case is hard to make, it has been done in the past. The 24-year-old was charged with second-degree murder. The charge was allowed under a law that gives authorities the ability to accuse someone of murder if they are suspected of distributing an illegal drug that contributed to someone's death.

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