When federal investigators dig into the details of an alleged crime, they may discover evidence they believe reveals additional unlawful actions. Therefore, it is not uncommon for someone in Florida who is already facing charges for white collar crimes to suddenly face additional charges. This may be especially true if the accused is someone who is in the public eye.
A state senator in another state already has charges against her for embezzling over $600,000 in federal funds from a for-profit institute for health care education, where she served as director. In the course of their investigation into this case, the FBI apparently uncovered information that led to additional charges against the woman. The charges include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.
How the scheme allegedly unfolded
Investigators believe the 40-year-old woman conspired with two other women to defraud a man of almost $15,000. The supposed scheme involved one woman, who had a romantic relationship with the man, telling him she needed the money to cover the cost of attending the educational institute of which the senator was the director. The man agreed and transferred the money to the institute, after which the senator allegedly divided the money among herself and the other two women.
While the public may already have made its decision about the case, everyone who stands accused of a crime in Florida and every other state has the right to a vigorous defense. White collar crimes carry significant penalties, including the potential for many years in prison. With so much at stake, obtaining skilled legal representation is a critical step.