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Man Sentenced To 8.3 To 25 Years For Scamming Customer Out Of $5 Million Lottery Ticket

At the time he won a $5 million lottery jackpot on a scratchoff ticket, a Syracuse, N.Y. man says that he was buying a lot of lottery tickets and also using crack. He claims that the store owner’s sons took the ticket and held on to it for six years. Now one of the sons has been convicted and sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison for criminal possession of stolen property. [More]

Circle K Helps Place Bounties On Heads Of Anonymous Thieves On Facebook

Circle K Helps Place Bounties On Heads Of Anonymous Thieves On Facebook

Figuring cops shouldn’t be the only ones chasing down criminals via Facebook, convenience store chain Circle K has started going after small-time alleged thieves by posting surveillance video footage on Facebook. The chain’s partner, crime fighting nonprofit Silent Witness, gives as much as $100 to those who spot acquaintances and soon-to-be-former friends making off with beer. [More]

Lessons Learned From A DUI

Lessons Learned From A DUI

Although those who are pulled over for driving drunk seldom realize it at the time, they’re incredibly lucky. A fine along with a possible license suspension and jail time are preferable to suffering a car wreck or being charged with aggravated assault or worse for crashing into an innocent victim. [More]

For Robbers, Spider-Man Masks Are "In"

For Robbers, Spider-Man Masks Are "In"

In the realm of armed robbery, it’s become a fashion “do” to don a Spider-Man mask while committing the deed. A rash of robberies in a few states have started to portray the comic book crime fighter in a poor light. [More]

Author Crafts Modest Proposal For Police Officers To Consider

Author Crafts Modest Proposal For Police Officers To Consider

Law enforcement officers put themselves at great risk, perform a vital public service and give society the peace of mind to be able to function with confidence. Even so, it has been said that some cops have been known to do things that could be classified as annoying or abusive. [More]

Former D.C. Tax Examiner Admits To Stealing $400K In Tax Refunds

Former D.C. Tax Examiner Admits To Stealing $400K In Tax Refunds

A former tax examiner for the Washington, D.C. government was efficient enough at collecting funds, but not so great at handing them over to her employer. That was the case for a woman who pleaded guilty to wire fraud, swiping $400,000 over four years in fraudulent refunds. [More]

Feds Deport Record Number Of Immigrants

Feds Deport Record Number Of Immigrants

The United States gave away a record number of its poor, tired, hungry and huddled masses in the fiscal year that ended in September. According to the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency deported nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants, adding that more than half of the deported had convictions of felonies or misdemeanors. [More]

The Punishment For Selling An iPhone Prototype: $250

The Punishment For Selling An iPhone Prototype: $250

When a pre-release iPhone 4 prototype went missing at a beer garden last year and ended up being sold to Gizmodo, the stakes seemed high. Investigators seized an editor’s computers and charged two men with crimes connected to the alleged theft. But several months and an entire newer iPhone model release later, the drama turned out to be much ado about very little. Two men accused of selling the device were sentenced to a year of probation, 40 hours of community service and a not-so-whopping $250 restitution they must both pay to Apple. They pleaded no contest to charges of misdemeanor theft. [More]

Feds Charge 37 Boeing Workers In Drug Bust

Feds Charge 37 Boeing Workers In Drug Bust

Giving headline writers an excellent opportunity to make puns about aerospace workers getting high, federal agents arrested 37 Boeing workers in a drug bust at a plant near Philadelphia. The undercover operation was a four-year sting meant to expose a ring of prescription drug abuse. [More]

Texas Kills Off Ritual Of Special Last Meal For Those About To Be Executed

Texas Kills Off Ritual Of Special Last Meal For Those About To Be Executed

Deciding to take away a final creature comfort from death row inmates on the verge of execution, Texas has eliminated the traditional last meal ritual, in which the condemned got to choose a favorite dish before he departed. [More]

Copy "Wedding Crashers" Prank, Get Charged With A Felony

Copy "Wedding Crashers" Prank, Get Charged With A Felony

In the movie Wedding Crashers, Owen Wilson’s character pours eye drops into an enemy’s drink to put him out of commission and is rewarded with audience laughter. In real life, a Wisconsin college student does the same to her roommate and is charged with a felony that stuck her with 90 days in prison and 30 months of probation. [More]

Medicare Fraud Sting Hauls In 91 Suspects

Medicare Fraud Sting Hauls In 91 Suspects

Medicare has enough sustainability problems when used by the book, so the government-subsidized healthcare plan is in no position to absorb massive fraud. In an effort to rein in misuse of the program, federal agents led a 400-plus agency national sting operation that yielded 91 arrests of alleged fraudsters. [More]

Teen Sentenced For 2 To 6 Years For Mugging Man For 7 Cents

Teen Sentenced For 2 To 6 Years For Mugging Man For 7 Cents

A New York judge got tough with a 15-year-old boy convicted of mugging a 73-year-old man, sentencing him for 2 to 6 years in juvenile detention. The judge said he would have given the boy the same 1 to 4 year state prison sentence as a youthful offender that he gave his accomplice if he had taken responsibility for the crime rather than taking back his initial confession. Because the boy with the 2 to 6 year sentence was not convicted as a youthful offender, his crime — unlike that of his accomplice — will stay on his record after he serves his time. [More]

Idaho Woman Faces As Much As 10 Years In Prison For Stealing A Beer

Idaho Woman Faces As Much As 10 Years In Prison For Stealing A Beer

An Idaho woman suspected of swiping a single can of beer from a grocery store last week was charged with a felony punishable by as many as 10 years in prison. [More]

Two Charged In Swiping Of iPhone 4 Prototype; Neither Are Bloggers

Two Charged In Swiping Of iPhone 4 Prototype; Neither Are Bloggers

When a pre-release iPhone 4 prototype wound up in the hands of Gizmodo last year, authorities began an investigation that led to the seizure of an editor’s computers. Authorities allege that an Apple engineer left the prototype at a bar. Gizmodo admitted paying someone to get the phone, stating it didn’t realize the prototype was stolen. Now Gizmodo editors can breathe easy, because the San Mateo County District Attorney has not brought charges against anyone from the site. [More]

Cops Use Facebook To Track Down Criminals

Cops Use Facebook To Track Down Criminals

Facebook has become an effective crime-fighting tool for law enforcement officers, not only allowing cops to profile suspects but providing convenient ways for victims to report crimes. [More]

Florida Authorities Find Meth Smuggled In Meow Mix Bag

Florida Authorities Find Meth Smuggled In Meow Mix Bag

According to the Lake County, Fla. Sheriff’s Office, drug smugglers in Arizona sent 260 grams of meth to Florida via FedEx in a Meow Mix bag. The package was sent to a title company and was addressed to one of the business’s clients who resided in D.C. An employee thought the package looked suspicious, so he turned it over to authorities. [More]

Liposuction Doctor Convicted Of 2 Murders, Manslaughter In Practice

Liposuction Doctor Convicted Of 2 Murders, Manslaughter In Practice

Liposuction turned fatal for three Phoenix patients, and the allegedly sloppy doctor who worked on them was convicted of second-degree murder in two deaths, and manslaughter in another. He’ll be sentenced Aug. 19. [More]