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NBA Vets Charged with Health InsuranceFraud

Eighteen former NBA players have been charged with conspiracy to commit health insurance fraud and wire fraud. They were indicted in federal court in New York. The defendants include former players from the New Jersey Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics,...

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Inmate: ADOC Violates Release Credits Law

Carlos Hernandez is currently incarcerated in an Arizona (private) prison. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of possession of dangerous drugs and was sentenced to a term of 2.5 years. According to a complaint filed this week in Maricopa County Superior...

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COVID-19, Employment and Vaccine Mandates

As the pandemic continues, many employers are requiring their employees to be vaccinated (or submit proof of negative COVID test results) as a condition of continued employment. The reactions to these requirements vary, from those who believe the move will help end...

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Justice Department Investigating Phoenix PD

In a press release issued last week, the United States Department of Justice announced that it has opened an investigation of both the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. The announcement was made by Attorney General Merrick Garland and Kristen Clarke,...

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What is Credit Card Fraud in Arizona?

When most people hear about “credit card fraud,” they envision some complex scheme involving discovering your card number or other information through hacking. While that certainly does occur, and may constitute credit card fraud, the definition of the offense in...

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DUI in Arizona During the Pandemic

The number of arrests for driving under the influence, or DUI, has grown over the last couple of years not only in Phoenix, but throughout Arizona. An example is the number of DUI arrests over Memorial Day weekend this year, compared with last year. While a comparison...

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New Arizona Law Legalizes Fentanyl Testing Strips

A new bill signed into law last month by Governor Ducey legalized the use of testing strips to detect the presence of fentanyl in controlled substances. In the wake of skyrocketing drug deaths due to opiate overdoses, the new law will allow the purchase of the strips...

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What is Drug Paraphernalia?

We have all heard of drug paraphernalia, and most people think they understand what the term means. But a look at the statute in Arizona which makes possession of drug paraphernalia a crime, shows that the definition is much broader – and much less clear – than you...

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