The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is based in Philadelphia and has jurisdiction over courts in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Recently, with regard to an alleged string of pharmacy burglaries, the federal appeals court ruled that investigators violated a man's Fourth Amendment rights by placing a GPS tracking device on his van without a warrant.
Federal authorities aggressively investigate and prosecute property crimes. In these cases, to achieve the best possible outcome for the accused, it is often necessary to look beyond the evidence presented in court. People accused of federal crimes have families and personal stories that could factor into a decision by a judge or a jury, and one defense strategy is to effectively tell the defendant's story.
Money can sometimes drive people to curious and often illegal courses of action. When these actions involve potentially stealing money from the government, though, then the repercussions for committing such federal crimes can be much more severe. Two Pennsylvania women have recently been accused of obtaining funds from the government to care for a child but spending the money on themselves, instead.
When someone is accused of committing a crime, even if they are not guilty, their entire life can be permanently affected. One young man in Pennsylvania is facing weapons charges for reportedly stealing guns and rifles from a home. The man was arrested and was held pending further legal proceedings in his case.
Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania are saying that a one-time physician charged with stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy was driven to commit the thefts due to a drug addiction. The suspect allegedly stole several doses of oxycontin and Fentanyl, as well as medical equipment, over several incidents.
Many white collar crimes are federal felony offenses that can result in lengthy prison sentences. In criminal cases involving financial crimes, evidence plays a crucial role. Evidence in financial crimes cases, including cases alleging fraud, is usually based on paper trail evidence that follows the flow of money.
The paper trail began in 2008, when police searched an auto-body shop in North Philadelphia. They expected to find stolen vehicles, and they did. But they also found something they did not expect. They found stockpiles of building supplies with bills from Home Depot made out to the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Needless to say, the PHA does not officially sanction chop shops, so what were these supplies doing there?