Finding FBI agents at your door is an intimidating experience. When the FBI arrives and tells you your house is going to be searched, it can feel like you have no rights at all. An FBI raid can discourage people from asserting their rights in a way that Raleigh police or North Carolina state police can't match. That should not be the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is restricted by Federal rules of search and seizure. They do not have unlimited rights to conduct a raid on your home whenever they please. The FBI can and should be held accountable if they violate your Civil Rights.
A routine traffic stop on Interstate 85 on the afternoon of Oct. 29 led to a federal investigation into human trafficking according to local media reports. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is said to have called in agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when the identification documents produced by the occupants of a van that had been pulled over for erratic driving raised the suspicion of a deputy.
North Carolina readers are likely aware of the Oct. 27 mass shooting that claimed the lives of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Now, federal prosecutors are taking steps to seek the death penalty against the alleged shooter, 46-year-old Robert Bowers.
On Oct. 26, federal authorities arrested a Florida man for allegedly mailing pipe bombs to CNN and several prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. While investigators described the bombs as crude, they also said they were not "hoax devices."
North Carolina readers may be interested to learn that four men are facing riot charges for their alleged actions at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. The charges were announced on Oct. 2.
North Carolina residents and those visiting our state should know that in certain situations, driving while impaired can be charged as a crime in federal court. Specifically, individuals can be charged in federal court with DWI or other criminal charge if the alleged offense occurs on federal land. North Carolina is home to numerous military bases and national parks including the Outer Banks where the federal government has jurisdication over criminal offenses that would otherwise be prosecuted in state court under state law. For this reason, federal courts in NC maintain busy dockets for DWI and other misdemeanor prosecutions.
A federal court has sentenced a 54-year-old man who founded a North Carolina electronic waste recycling company to 10 years in prison for defrauding investors and franchise owners. A news release from the U.S. attorney's office totaled the amounts owed to victims at $27 million. The offender had been convicted in December 2017 on charges of money laundering and conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud.
A 45-year-old man currently held in Caswell County jail has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Alamance County Superior Court for clerical errors related to his latest conviction. He wants damages of $850,000, removal from the sex offender registry and release from prison because the court should have recorded his crime differently.
A recent North Carolina case highlights how simple identity theft can lead to an extensive criminal enterprise involving multiple federal offenses. The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced in September that a Raleigh woman would be sentenced to 96 months in prison for profiting from stolen financial information.
A medical doctor who formerly worked in Lumberton received a 20-year sentence to federal prison after convictions on 20 counts of distributing the prescription narcotic oxycodone unlawfully. He came under official scrutiny for his prescribing practices in 2013, when a pharmacist complained to the North Carolina Medical Board about the doctor's large number of opioid prescriptions.