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Fourth Circuit Affirms Sex Trafficking Convictions

US v. Michael Lawrence Maynes (No. 16-4732) “Michael Maynes was a pimp,” this opinion begins. It quickly goes downhill for the appellant from there. Maynes was convicted of sex trafficking by use of force, fraud, or coercion, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a). The allegations in this case were that Maynes convinced several women to

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Fourth Circuit Holds That Reckless Disregard for Minor’s Age Will Suffice for Sex Trafficking Conviction

U.S. v. Terrell Banker (No. 16-4413) Terrell Banker appeals his convictions for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1594; sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a); and enticement of a minor for illegal sexual activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §

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Fourth Circuit Affirms Convictions in Healthcare Fraud Case

US v. Beth Palin & Joseph Webb (No. 16-4522, No. 16-4540) Palin owned Mountain Empire Medical Care (“MEMC”), an addiction medicine clinic, and Bristol Laboratories (“the Lab”), which processed urine drug tests ordered by doctors. The Lab performed two types of urine tests: the basic, inexpensive “quick-cup” test and a more sophisticated, more expensive “analyzer” test. Referring

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