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August 2018 Archives

FBI constantly developing methods to investigate cyber crimes

Cyber crimes encompass many criminal activities that happen online or through computer networks. These crimes include the hacking theft of valuable data and proprietary information, ransomware attacks, identity theft and distribution of child pornography. The FBI has the task of monitoring and intervening in these activities. The bureau established the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance in 1997. From its base of operations in Pennsylvania, the alliance shares resources and expertise and develops strategies for counteracting cyber criminals.

Pennsylvania judge orders man to jail after crash

A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 55 days in jail for violating his probation in a 2014 DUI case. The violation occurred in 2015 when the man crashed his 2006 Mazda 6 near Pittsburgh. A 23-year-old passenger died in the accident, and the man was charged with vehicular manslaughter. In the 2014 case, authorities say that the man had a blood alcohol content of .20 percent when he got into an accident in Stafford.

What penalties might you face for a wire fraud conviction?

If you live in Pennsylvania and are currently facing fraud charges relating to your use of email, phones, texts or another type of electronic communication, you may have valid concerns about the possible penalties you may face, if convicted. Wire fraud is a serious federal offense, and typically, authorities must prove several specific things in order to make a successful case against you.

Ankle bracelets can come at a heavy cost

Many people in Pennsylvania and across the country have been interested in electronic ankle bracelets as an alternative to imprisonment. Commonly used in white-collar cases, people like Paul Manafort and Harvey Weinstein have been released on bail while their movement is tracked. A more controversial use of the systems arose when Immigration and Customs Enforcement began using the ankle bracelets for undocumented immigrant families after the scandal around the separation of parents from their children.

Man charged with DUI has multiple prior convictions

A 50-year-old Pennsylvania man with multiple DUI convictions dating back to the 1990s was taken into custody on July 25 after he ran a red light. The incident occurred in Lower Saucon Township, and he was detained after performing poorly on field coordination exercises. He is facing DUI charges, and officers say his blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.

Pennsylvania traffic stop leads to DUI and drug charges

A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man is facing drunk driving and drug possession and distribution charges stemming from a routine traffic stop in Northampton County on the afternoon of July 5. Pennsylvania State Police troopers say that the Easton resident's car was pulled over in Williams Township for an expired registration. Reports indicate that the man's bail has been set at $100,000 and he is being held at the Northampton County Prison.

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