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April 2019 Archives

Louisiana woman who staged her own kidnapping sentenced

A 32-year-old Louisiana woman who admitted to faking her own kidnapping has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. The woman learned of her fate during an April 17 sentencing hearing held in a district court in East Feliciana Parish. Court records indicate that the Hammond resident entered a guilty plea to a charge of wire fraud in January.

Distracted driving is both prevalent and dangerous

There are many ways in which a person can become distracted while driving in Louisiana and across the country. According to a study from Zendrive, distracted driving rose in each area in which data was collected and analyzed. The research also found that motorists may engage in dangerous activities behind the wheel while also portraying themselves as safe drivers. Overall, 90 percent of respondents said that they considered themselves to be in that category.

Business owner pleads guilty to wire fraud

On April 5, a 55-year-old Louisiana business owner entered a guilty plea in federal court to a single count of wire fraud. He submitted a total of eight false applications to three different finance companies, and his fraud netted him $294,000. The owner of Ameritek Office Solutions acknowledged that there were no sales or deliveries of office equipment.

IIHS: newer pickups less safe for passengers than drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been crash-testing modern two-row pickup trucks for passenger safety, and their results may be discouraging to many Louisiana residents. It turns out that passengers in these pickups are more likely to suffer injury or death than the drivers.