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Former NYPD cop, four others charged with meth distribution

Federal authorities in New York have charged five people, including a former NYPD police officer, with operating a drug ring in Manhattan and the Westchester County area. Three of the defendants were taken into custody on Feb. 18, and another individual is already in state custody on unrelated charges. The former cop remains at large.

Former New York mayor receives probation in wire fraud case

The former mayor of Cohoes, New York, was sentenced to probation after a conviction in a wire fraud case, avoiding prison time in the matter. The former mayor was accused of taking campaign contributions for personal use, and he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in order to resolve the case. A federal judge sentenced him to 200 hours of community service and a $3,000 fine in addition to two years of probation.

What the law says about fraud

New York residents and others who lost something of value because of another person's false or misleading statements could be considered victims of fraud. A fraud victim may bring a civil lawsuit against the person who engaged in deceptive activity, and a government prosecutor may bring criminal charges against a person who acted in a fraudulent manner. In a civil suit, a plaintiff only has to prove that it was more likely than not that an act occurred.

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