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In Florida, the list of felonies include faking own death

A man in Florida was recently accused of faking his death to avoid criminal charges, which is a felony. Police said the man did this by renting a boat and then smearing the boat with his blood. The boat was then reportedly left at sea. When people are accused of felonies, they are always presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in criminal court.

According to police, the man, who used to be a financial advisor, had been charged with forging signatures, as well as altering customer file information to withdraw a total of $15,000 from elderly clients' accounts. At that point, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority began to investigate him. At that time, he is said to have tried to fake his own death.

Authorities said the man rented a boat, put blood on the boat and left his car keys and wallet on the boat before letting the boat go out to sea. However, police became suspicious when they learned that the man had purchased a separate inflatable boat before disappearing. The man later confessed the drama to police. The man now faces federal charges related to the communication of false distress and has to pay for the $400,000 search costs associated with his purported disappearance.

As the case moves forward, the man facing the serious charges has the right to go to trial to contest the charges. Alternatively, people charged with felonies may decide to accept plea deals offered by prosecutors, which may result in lighter sentences than what would be imposed following guilty verdicts at trial. The decision of whether to accept plea deals, if offered, rests solely with the accused in Florida.

Source: sakshipost.com, "Man fakes his death by smearing rented boat with own blood to escape criminal charges", March 4, 2016

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