Shannon Solo, a 27-year-old now former victim advocate at the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando was recently let go after word got out about her weekend-long cocaine and marijuana binge with her friends, who include other employees at the prosecutor’s office.Documents released by the State Attorney obtained by The Orlando Sentinel, show that Solo admitted that she and the others went to New Orleans, where they rented a house for the party, and that she used cocaine and Aderall. Another woman who was there said she witnessed Solo using marijuana too. The report said that the cocaine was kept hidden in a rubber ducky.Other women involved told investigators that there was plenty of drug use going on that weekend, as well as “a lot of drinking and dancing.”When Solo got back from her weekend of debauchery, her fiance broke up with her. Word of the party reached her office after she told a new boyfriend, who happened to be an Orange County deputy … [Read more...] about Prosecutor’s Office Employee Fired After Cocaine-Fueled Bachelorette Party
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Unconditional love, sad to say, isn’t what brings children to the offices of the King County Special Assault Unit.Yet that’s what they encounter there, thanks to resident therapy dogs Ellie (front) and Jeeter.Calm, cuddly and expertly trained, these two Labrador retriever mixes represent the softer side of Seattle’s bustling prosecuting attorney’s office.As unofficial employees of the office, they assist abused children throughout the entire legal process, standing by them during the initial forensic interview, sitting patiently with them in trial and even accompanying them into the witness box as they testify.The dogs have become a fixture in the 240-lawyer King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office thanks to the enthusiasm of Norm Maleng, who headed the office until his sudden death in late May. Staffers have started raising money to train a puppy as a service dog in his honor.The program started nearly four years ago when deputy prosecutor Ellen … [Read more...] about At this Prosecutor’s Office, a Furry Soft Spot for Kids
Authorities are investigating fires they say are suspicious that occurred within hours at a New Jersey law firm and prosecutor’s office late Tuesday and early Wednesday.Because it appears that there may be a connection between the blaze at the Vineland firm of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman and the flames spotted a few hours later at the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office in Bridgeton, authorities are coordinating their probes, according to NBC 40 and the Star-Ledger.Both fires were initially called in as burglary alarm alerts.The Helmer firm has 25 lawyers on its attorney roster and handles criminal defense, family law and other consumer matters, as well as business law and litigation. … [Read more...] about Were suspicious fires at law firm and prosecutor’s office related?
The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois recently announced the creation of a Health Care Fraud Unit—a team of five assistant US attorneys devoted to prosecuting all types of healthcare fraud cases, including fraudulent billing schemes and diversion of controlled substances.The announcement came just days after the largest US Department of Justice national healthcare fraud enforcement “takedown” action against 412 defendants across 41 federal districts for the alleged participation in schemes involving over $1 billion in fraudulent healthcare billing. Fifteen individuals, including two Chicago-area licensed physicians, are facing federal criminal charges and potential Office of Inspector General (OIG) exclusion as a result of this action. Nationwide, US Attorney offices have a major role in healthcare fraud enforcement. In Fiscal Year 2016 alone, US Attorney offices opened 975 new criminal healthcare fraud investigations and 930 new … [Read more...] about US Attorney’s Office in Chicago Announces Creation of Health Care Fraud Unit
The District Attorney’s office in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, paid nearly $1,400 in bitcoin to get access to its computer network, held hostage by criminals using an international computer malware ring known as the Avalanche.Court documents unsealed Monday referred to a ransom payment by a Pennsylvania prosecutor’s office, and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala confirmed the reference was to his office, report the Associated Press, Pennlive.com and TribLive.com.The U.S. Justice Department announced arrests and searches in four countries Monday as part of a international law enforcement operation targeting the Avalanche infrastructure. Cybercriminals used Avalanche in schemes involving malware for ransom, stolen banking passwords and laundering of money collected in malware attacks. A press release is here.Zappala said his office’s computers became infected and encrypted when an employee clicked on a link in an email, which installed the malware. … [Read more...] about Prosecutor’s office paid ransom to regain access to its computers; international network busted