Many Pennsylvania readers are aware that federal investigators have been looking into the operations at the Penn National racetrack for several years. Recently, a former employee of the track was sentenced on fraud charges, after he was accused of accepting items of value in exchange for information about the horses who were slated to race at the facility. The sentencing took place nearly five months after the man entered a guilty plea in relation to the charges last fall.
A man who works as a counselor in a Pennsylvania prison has been accused of the possession and distribution of drugs. While the full details of the case have not yet been made public, the prison worker has been placed on administrative leave and will not be paid while the matter is resolved. Should he be convicted on these serious federal drug charges, he would lose his position with the prison after completing nearly 29 years of service.
As tax season rolls around once again, the Department of Justice is cracking down on schemes that aim to steal tax returns from individuals around the nation. According to the IRS, more than 5 million tax returns were filed in 2013 using stolen identities, which resulted in close to $30 billion in improperly issued tax refunds. A joint investigation into these types of schemes has led to the arrest of two Pennsylvania men for income tax return-related fraud.
A Pennsylvania woman is facing serious federal charges connected to her former employment as the manager of a credit union. She is charged with both tax evasion and embezzlement, and it appears that she is willing to accept a plea agreement to resolve those charges. She is expected to be arraigned soon, and there is no word on what punitive measures may be in store for her.
Drug abuse is a significant problem in this country, and stemming the tide of drug-related deaths and crime is a top priority of both law enforcement and the courts. However, in the desire to save lives and slow drug trade, decisions are sometimes made that are questionable. Such may be the case in the example of two Pennsylvania medical professionals who stand accused of unlawfully distributing drugs. The federal drug case has made headlines across the nation and sparked debate among many.
News has hit that new criminal charges have been filed against scientists who authorities believe shared trade secrets with foreign entities. The case reminds many in Pennsylvania of similar charges that were dropped in 2014. Some speculate that these recent federal white collar crimes charges will suffer a similar fate.