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Former University of Wisconsin athlete facing fraud charges

Football fans may be aware that a former college football and track star from the University of Wisconsin was indicted earlier this month on federal wire fraud charges. Although most wouldn't associate professional athletes with white collar crime, he's not the only NFL player to be accused by FBI agents.

Felony underage pornography charges filed against Fond du Lac man

People who use the Internet to engage in illegal activity should be aware that no matter how savvy they believe they are when it comes to computers, there's usually a law enforcement detective out there who's one step ahead.

Just-released Wisconsin sex offender found guilty of new charges

An eastern Wisconsin man previously convicted of a sex crime involving children is headed back to prison after being found guilty of child enticement. He faces up to 45 years in prison and another 30 years of extended supervision when he's sentenced next month.

Milwaukee child care providers plead guilty to fraud charges

You may have read about the increasing arrests in a scam involving Wisconsin's child care subsidy program. This week two more child care providers pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, and in light of news reports uncovering the scam, similar cases are expected to follow.

Federal agents crack down on 'synthetic' drugs in Wisconsin

When is a drug not a drug? Perhaps before the federal government bans it. Not so long ago, so-called "synthetic drugs" with nicknames such as Spice, K2 and bath salts were being sold out of smoke shops, gas stations and other locations. Although they were designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA (aka Ecstasy), they were still legal.

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to sex crime in Central America

Many people are under the assumption that if a crime is committed in another country, they can't be prosecuted for it by the United States government. But that's simply not true. In fact, those found guilty of such an offense can face penalties in both the U.S. and the country where it was committed.

Milwaukee County sergeant implicated in underage pornography ring

In previous posts we've discussed the damaging effects of criminal charges on a person's career, particularly those in positions of public authority. Facing those charges can be even more difficult when your employer is pressed to make a public statement to the media about your case.

Proposal to DNA-test Wisconsin sex crime suspects raises concerns

A proposal that would require police in Wisconsin to collect DNA samples for anyone arrested of a serious sex crime or other offense is getting some pushback from the American Civil Liberties Union and others concerned about the rights of suspects.

Hurting or addicted? Doctors torn over prescribing painkillers

If you've ever had a root canal, you know the agony that can trigger a need for pain medication. In fact, there are plenty of physical woes that disappear with a prescription for Vicodin or similar painkiller. There's just one problem: These medications can be so addictive that doctors now have to beware of dispensing the drugs to abusers.

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