When people are caught dealing drugs or using them, the best thing for them isn't always to be sent to prison. In reality, those using drugs often need substance abuse counseling and assistance to get their lives back on track.
In regards to the penalty, a white collar crime can be every bit as serious as one that entails physical violence or drugs.
The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) makes it illegal for any organized group of individuals that conspire with one another to engage in any unlawful act. So, too, does the California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act, Sections 186.2 and 186.3 of the state Penal Code.
A 35-year-old Visalia woman was charged with fraud, identify theft and drug possession after being arrested in the Mooney Boulevard Walmart parking lot at 3:40 a.m., on Friday, May 4. When police found her there, she apparently had as much as $95,000 worth of uncashed checks in her possession.