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WHAT MAKES SOMETHING A FEDERAL CRIME?

When determining whether to charge someone with a state or federal crime, in many cases, it comes down to jurisdiction — or the authority of a court to hear a case. Because the jurisdiction of state cases is much broader than it is for federal charges, most defendants’ cases are adjudicated in state court. Every case from shoplifting…

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FAYETTEVILLE MAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING THE VA SENTENCED THIS MONTH

A 74-year-old North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to embezzling from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was sentenced at the beginning of the year by a federal judge. He admitted last June to embezzling nearly $1 million over the years in health care benefits from the VA. The Fayetteville man was sentenced to five years probation and…

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DO YOUR LOVED ONES KNOW YOUR MEDICAL WISHES?

Everything from religion to family history and personal preference influence your feelings about medical treatments. For example, if you watched your grandfather struggle while caring for your grandmother on life support, you may have decided long ago that you don’t want your loved ones to take heroic measures to keep you alive. On the other hand, you may…

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IT’S ILLEGAL TO GIVE AWAY OR SELL UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Some prescription medications are expensive. Even if you have excellent insurance, you might have had to pay $100 out-of-pocket to get pain medication or other necessary prescription drugs. If it turns out that you have more medicine than you need to feel better, selling those extra pills to someone who might need them or even giving them to…

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