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St. Cloud offers identity theft training program

There are a number of crimes that fall under the umbrella of so-called "white collar crimes." For the most part, white collar crimes include things like embezzlement, tax evasion and other illegal activities that are often accomplished through deceit, and many times fraud. Fraud is another broad criminal category, but it generally occurs through the deceit of someone for financial gain. Identity theft is just one example of fraud and the St. Cloud Police Department is hosting an educational session to address identity theft in the community.

The police department is offering a number of these education sessions to teach Minnesota residents about the various ways local businesses, residents and the general public can prevent crimes. The "Identify Theft Awareness and Prevention Measures" session is part of the series and it specifically addresses the issue of preventing identity theft. Law enforcement officials hope to teach the public about how they can reduce their own chances of becoming a victim of identity theft.

New drug, Khat, invades St. Cloud

As the culture and times change, so do the types and methods of criminal activity. In this day and age, there is more focus on online criminal activity and Internet crimes than 20 years ago. So is the case with drug charges. While certain substances, like marijuana, are becoming increasingly legal, all the while new products are entering the scene. Law enforcement officers must adapt to these changes in the laws and climate of crime in our society.

St. Cloud, Minnesota, recently came to know a new drug, which is called Khat. A 54-year-old man allegedly brought the drug into the community from the Minneapolis area. Khat has similar effects to amphetamine use. The green leafy product is usually chewed to ingest the drug.

Boat chase leads to domestic violence charge

When people think of domestic assault calls and incidents, it usually conjures up an image of disputes at home or in private. Private relationship disputes might quickly turn into an escalated fight and possibly a domestic violence charge.

Recently, there were reports of a domestic incident taking place not at a home or residence, but on a boat in Minnesota. The alleged incident occurred on Lake Minnetonka. According to the local Hennepin County authorities, the Sheriff's Water Patrol reached the boat around 9:00 p.m. on the night of July 4 in response to a domestic incident report.

Domestic violence charge against U.S. female athlete

Domestic violence is a crime that can occur in a wide variety of circumstances, regardless of age, race and socioeconomic levels. Even knowing this, however, it is usually surprising when a celebrity is involved in a domestic dispute.

Minnesota readers may have heard the news about Hope Solo, the U.S. women's soccer star, when she was recently arrested for domestic violence. According to law enforcement authorities, Solo allegedly assaulted her sister and a younger nephew during an incident at her sister's house in Washington.

Recommended release of man from MN sex offender program

When one thinks of criminal defense, they often think of defendant's being interrogated or preparing for trial. But those accused of sex offenses, and other criminal activity, have rights that extend well beyond the initial stages of the criminal charges.

A good criminal defense, or more importantly protecting a person's legal rights, does not end at the time of a conviction or guilty plea. Individuals who are charged or convicted with sex crimes in Minnesota may find themselves involved in the state's sex offender program. This program does not require indefinite participation and there are conditions for release from the program.

Minnesota police officer accused of giving money to inmate

Sometimes the most unsuspecting people are accused of breaking the law. Criminal charges are particularly shocking when they are filed against certain types of professionals whose careers are geared specifically toward upholding the law, such as a law enforcement officer.

A cop in Minnesota was recently charged with electronic use of false pretense to obtain identity, as well as forgery. The female cop works in St. Paul and was accused of stealing another person's identity in order to wire money to a prison inmate. The inmate at issue was a gang member who was in prison on an attempted murder charge. More recently, he was also charged with a felony connected to a few drive-by shootings.

Minnesota government jobs don't ask about criminal conviction

First there is the arrest, then the criminal charges, then a conviction, and finally a served sentence (if any). But conviction and sentence is not the end of the story. A conviction creates a criminal record, which follows a person around indefinitely. A criminal record can impact a person's housing opportunities, as well as employment opportunities, not to mention his or her reputation in the community.

On many job applications around the U.S., there is a box to check if the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. In Minnesota, individuals with a criminal record are given a little reprieve with what is known as "ban the box" legislation. Within the last five years, a number of states, including Minnesota, have passed this legislation, which removes the felony conviction question from job applications for most jobs in government. There is debate in many places about whether to extend that ban to private employers, as has occurred in some areas of the country.

St. Cloud men indicted on firearms-related charges

Both Minnesota and the United States regulate gun ownership. Under the Brady Act, which is a federal law, it is illegal for a person to have a gun if they were convicted of a crime that carries a prison sentence of over one year.

Four men from St. Cloud recently ran into some trouble because of this law. A federal grand jury indicted the men in May, each on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The first indictment dealt with three of the defendants and alleges that law enforcement found the men in possession of certain firearms. The second indictment charged the remaining defendant.

Minnesota man facing gambling charges

The internet has simplified a great many things, including everything from buying a plane ticket to conducting research to connecting with people across the globe. However, along with its benefits come risks as the internet has also made it easier for people to become involved in criminal activity, sometimes almost unknowingly. When Minnesotans find themselves facing criminal charges for internet crimes and related criminal activity, it is important to aggressively defend against the charges and protect their interests.

A man from Bloomington, Minnesota has been indicted in the U.S. District Court for several gambling-related charges, including conducting a sports betting business, interstate and international wire wagering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the indictment, the man allegedly accepted bets over the internet, email, and phone. He often worked in cash but when the amounts grew too large, he allegedly instructed bettors to advise their banks that they were making "investments" and to wire money to accounts he held overseas.

Man faces more legal trouble after domestic violence conviction

A domestic conflict between partners can have serious and lasting consequences if the conflict gets out of hand. Once police are called, there is a good possibility that one of the partners will get arrested. Depending on the severity of the dispute and the intentions of the alleged victim, the arrested person could face domestic violence charges. A conviction for domestic violence often results in a no-contact order, which creates the potential for more legal problems down the road.

In March 2013, a 23-year-old man from Little Falls, Minnesota, was convicted of domestic assault. The Stearns County judge ordered him to have no contact with the victim as part of his probation. The no-contact order was later amended to permit personal contact in the presence of an adult supervisor. However, during a welfare check last September, an officer discovered that the man was violating the order by speaking with the victim with no adult supervision. In early May, the man was convicted of violating the order and was sentenced to jail time, a fine and five years probation.