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Tech billionaire's lawyer wants drug trafficking charges dropped

Marketers want people in Florida who visit Las Vegas to think that what happens there stays there. This was not the case for a retired technology business billionaire who now faces charges of drug trafficking alongside his girlfriend after a stay at the Wynn Encore Casino Hotel on the Strip. His lawyer, who has defended other celebrities facing drug charges, said he will file a motion to dismiss drug trafficking charges because of insufficient evidence.

The arrest of the 60-year-old co-founder of Broadcom Corp, who reportedly has a $3.1 billion fortune, and his girlfriend occurred after hotel security allegedly found drugs in their hotel suite. The man had asked security to let him into his suite after getting locked out. Security guards told police that they saw his girlfriend passed out with a deflated balloon in her mouth. The man said she had been inhaling nitrous oxide, which only represents a misdemeanor offense.

Authorities charge woman with 2nd degree murder

Police investigators in Winter Park concluded that a 65-year-old man died at the hands of his wife. The 45-year-old Florida woman had reported his death via a 911 call, but her conversation with the 911 operator raised suspicions about the death.

After the woman said that her husband appeared to be dead in their home, the dispatcher asked if she had just found the body. According to the arrest warrant, the wife responded that the death had happened the night before. Investigators later estimated that the man died 11 hours before his wife called 911. During her conversation with the dispatcher, she allegedly said that her husband tried to choke and smother her. She grabbed a knife in self defense, but he took the knife away from her and apparently stabbed himself. She said that she hid in the bathroom after their fight and found him in a pool of blood when she came out.

Florida authorities crack medical insurance fraud ring

Florida authorities have arrested 10 people for allegedly operating a medical billing fraud scheme in Fort Myers. A local television station reported that state investigators are still searching for four other people who may have been involved in the operation.

According to state officials, the defendants stole the identities of doctors and set up 15 fake clinics to send fraudulent medical billings to various companies in Southwest Florida. They are further accused of stealing insurance policy information from various Florida residents. Over the course of three years, the defendants reportedly billed for around $42.7 million in false medical tests and procedures and actually took in around $10 million in stolen payouts.

Members of biker gang plead guilty to distributing meth

On Feb. 4, 14 Florida residents pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine in Central Florida. The pleas were announced in a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando.

According to the release, the defendants conspired to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine to various parties in Volusia County and Flagler County. Many of the defendants are members of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club, which authorities identified as an outlaw gang. One defendant is a member of the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club, which is associated with the Pagan's.

11 inmates freed after deputy fired for faking drug tests

A Florida sheriff has released 11 people from jail after a deputy was fired for allegedly falsifying drug tests in order to make arrests. The deputy was let go on Jan. 14.

According to media reports, a state attorney notified the Martin County Sheriff's Office that three drug cases handled by the deputy had suspicious lab test results. Following the tip, the office began looking more closely at the deputy's cases and found a pattern of questionable drug arrests. As a result, the sheriff terminated the deputy's employment and set 11 inmates free.

Florida man charged with killing parents, brother

A Florida man has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his parents and brother. The bodies of the victims were discovered on Jan. 25 in their Seminole County home.

According to media reports, the defendant, age 29, had recently been kicked out of the home he shared with his 59-year-old father, 61-year-old mother and 31-year-old brother. Apparently, he had stolen around $150,000 from his father and $50,000 from his brother to send to a Bulgarian woman he met on a porn website. He had also reportedly sold his brother's guns without permission.

Trial to begin in drug company kickback case

Former executives of Insys Therapeutics are on trial on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud. The individuals are alleged to have contributed to the opioid crisis that has impacted people in Florida and around the country. In addition to those who are on trial, the company's former CEO as well as a former vice president of sales have entered guilty pleas. They are both currently cooperating with authorities.

According to the complaint against the defendants, they were involved in a scheme to get doctors to prescribe a drug called Subsys. It was intended to treat patients for pain related to cancer, but the defendants attempted to get doctors to prescribe it to those who didn't have that disease. Monetary rewards were given to those who prescribed the drug to patients. The scheme was a result of sales figures in 2012 that the defendants were not satisfied with.

Man arrested in Florida for allegedly viewing child pornography

The coordinated efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of a 41-year-old man in Palm Bay on charges of possessing child pornography. Special agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement approached the man at his residence on Malabar Lakes Drive. They confronted him with evidence that he had been viewing child pornography on his father's computer in another state.

According to an affidavit, the man acknowledged that he had lived with his father for two months and used his computer. He said that he had been viewing adult pornography and might have accidentally seen pornography involving children. During these online sessions, he reportedly used the Tor browser because he thought that it would hide his IP address. He then gave his computer password to a special agent and allowed an inspection of his computer.

Florida man arrested after $1 million in marijuana seized

According to law enforcement authorities with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a 49-year-old man was taken into custody after more than $1 million worth of marijuana was found inside his home. The raid and subsequent arrest occurred on Jan. 16.

News sources reported that detectives executed a search warrant that was issued by the court on a home in Valrico. Inside, the officers reportedly found that two rooms had been converted for the cultivation of marijuana. Officers seized 41 cannabis plants with a combined weight of 522 pounds. Officials from Tampa Electric discovered an illegal electrical connection and reported that $7.713.57 worth of electricity had been stolen to power the grow operation.

Florida inmate enters guilty plea to attempted murder

A Florida inmate who pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Jan. 18 was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. The inmate, a 45-year-old man, has been serving time in Florida since 2004.

The inmate reportedly stabbed another inmate in 2017 while he was in prison. He was originally scheduled for trial to begin on Jan. 28. Before the man entered his guilty plea, he was set to be released from prison on Nov. 5, 2019.

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