Two consumers filed federal complaints against an Internet-based company and associated individuals for allegedly creating fraudulent digital checks in a payday lending scheme. However, the judge recently dismissed many of the accusations against the company and their supposed accomplices in a Northern California federal court. The individual defendants' motions to dismiss were granted based largely on their specific involvement in the Internet crime scheme.
Since the financial crisis started several years ago, there has been intense scrutiny place on those thought be guilty of committing white collar crimes in Sacramento and across the country. The Securities and Exchange Commission invests a significant amount of resources into investigating suspected individuals and trying to secure their conviction.
Federal law enforcement officials recently arrested numerous people on suspicion of drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Four Californians were charged by federal officials with the money laundering charges and only three of them were charged with conspiring to distribute PCP and methamphetamine. The California residents were arraigned in the Sacramento federal court and they pled not guilty to all of the charges.
Anyone accused of a crime in Sacramento, or anywhere in the country, receives a promise to be treated fairly under the law. A defendant is innocent of a crime until proven, beyond any doubt, that they are guilty. Yet if someone is found to be guilty, they should receive a sentence that matches the magnitude and circumstances of their supposed actions. Unfortunately, when being prosecuted for federal crimes, those accused do not always receive fair or consistent sentences.