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Two men, including one from Oregon, face conspiracy charges

A 40-year-old man from Portland, Oregon, and a 65-year-old man from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, are facing wire fraud conspiracy charges for allegedly defrauding Kinesio USA LLC, a medical tape and related products manufacturer. The indictment alleges that the two men set up a fake international brokerage company that was to help Kinesio find a manufacturer overseas. Now the two men are facing conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering charges.

Oregon court repeals guilty plea in federal drug charge

Here in Multnomah, Oregon, when authorities arrest a person suspected of committing a crime, they must inform the accused of his or her Miranda rights. However, when communication barriers are present, those rights may lose their value and may result in a mistrial. In a recent turn of events, a loosely translated Spanish version of the Miranda rights prompted the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction of an Oregon man accused of federal charges based on his guilty plea given after a faulty Miranda warning.

Two suspects plead not guilty to Oregon robbery charges

In Multnomah, Oregon, people accused of robbery face different levels of punishment, depending on the value of the stolen property and whether it is a first-time or repeat offense. The severity of the suspect's sentence may also be based on whether there is significant use of force or weapon, which can result in an armed robbery charge. Two men, suspected of armed bank robbery at Key Bank in Corvallis, Oregon, pled not guilty in their Benton County Circuit Court arraignment.

Redefining Internet crime charges with Aaron's Law

The way Oregon courts and courts throughout the country handle Internet crimes may soon change. That is, after Aaron's Law, a new law, is passed. The proposed law will correct some of the flaws within the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Currently, the unauthorized access of a computer -- whether there is intent to commit abuse. fraud or not -- is a federal computer crime. Once the bill passes into law, the violation of terms of service, employment agreements or contracts that deal with Internet or computer data, will no longer be considered a federal offense. The bill also aims to avoid the redundancy of being charged for the same offense multiple times.

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