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Man Charged with Murder in Queens for Death of Infant with “Evil Eye” After Voodoo Ritual

Man Charged with Murder in Queens for Death of Infant with “Evil Eye” After Voodoo Ritual Sunnyside resident Jorge Baque, 36, was arrested late November in connection with the July death of his five-month-old infant daughter, Alaia Baque.  Baque has stated that the infant’s death was caused by a spiritual ritual intended to rid her of an “evil eye.”  Baque is being charged with assault, child endangerment, and murder for his suspected role in the...

Sentencing Guidelines for Sexual Abuse vs. Aggravated Sexual Abuse in New York

Sentencing Guidelines for Sexual Abuse vs. Aggravated Sexual Abuse in New York Sexual abuse and aggravated sexual abuse are serious sex crimes in New York, carrying the potential to be charged as violent felonies. If the defendant is convicted, he or she will face mandatory prison terms due to special sentencing guidelines which apply to violent felony offenses in New York. What is the Maximum Prison Term if I’m Convicted of Sexual Abuse in NY? Like many states,...

9 Arrested in Brooklyn in Largest Medicare Fraud Bust in U.S. History

9 Arrested in Brooklyn in Largest Medicare Fraud Bust in U.S. History On June 18, 2015, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch publicly announced the biggest Medicare fraud takedown in the history of the United States.  The sweep tops the scales for both number of defendants charged and dollar value lost, netting 243 suspects for a grand total of $712 million in false billings.  Nine were arrested in Brooklyn, New York amongst eight additional cities....

NYPD Harass Teen Girl, Want “Slow Death” for People Filming Police

NYPD Harass Teen Girl, Want “Slow Death” for People Filming Police On May 14, 24-year-old New York resident Michael Barber captured disturbing video footage of two plainclothes NYPD officers harassing a 14-year-old girl near the intersection of 140th St. and Hamilton Place in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan.  In response, Barber’s image was posted to the NYPD’s 30th Precinct Facebook page, which described Barber as “a...