Felonies

Long-Time Clearwater Parks And Rec Supervisor Charged With Defrauding Department Of $148,000

A former Clearwater city employee was charged with defrauding the government of tens of thousands of dollars over several years in his position as a Parks and Recreation employee. Per investigators, a department employee noticed an odd discrepancy in a […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Facing Felony Charges After Allegedly Selling Fake Cocaine

A St. Petersburg man is facing felony drug charges after deputies say he sold them a substance purported to be cocaine, but wasn’t. Pinellas County deputies say Tomas L. Phillips offered to sell an undercover officer what he claimed was […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Deputies Say Drunk Driver Initiated Fatal Four-Vehicle Wreck

Pinellas County authorities say alcohol may have been involved in a car accident that killed two individuals and injured a third. Deputies say Edward Delzer was driving his 2001 Lexus westbound on Park Boulevard with his father, Harvey Vern Delzer, […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man With Mortgage Fraud Record Pleads Guilty To Charges Relating To Stolen Church Money

A Tampa man with a long history of mortgage fraud is again returning to long-term state custody after entering a plea of guilty to wire fraud. Investigators say Victor Thomas Clavizzao accepted over $16,000 from a church intending to use […]... [Read More]

D.C. Medical Device Provider Pleads Guilty To Defrauding $9.8 Million From Medicaid

The owner of a D.C.-based medical equipment provider pled guilty last month to fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in Medicaid payments. Waveney Blackman entered the plea on July 25, conceding to the government’s allegations that her company WaveCare Health Services […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Faces Felony Murder Charges After Argument Allegedly Leads To Murder

A Tampa man who allegedly gunned down another individual in the street last week was apprehended after a cooperative effort between the Tampa Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. According to investigators, Sergio Rashad Green and Glennis Leon Mays […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Nurse Charged For Allegedly Purloining 10,000 Pain Pills From Employer

A nurse in Spring Hill is facing charges after Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies say she stole thousands of pills of pain killers from her place of work. A local rehab clinic reported the theft of a long list of pain […]... [Read More]

Daughter Left Out Of Will Accused Of Murdering Mother

A Fort Lauderdale woman stands accused of murder after Broward County authorities accuse her of fatally beating her elderly mother in a rage. Investigators say Gabriela Perero was informed by her mother Luisa on July 12 that she was not […]... [Read More]

Duo Of Medical Consulting Firms And Nine Other Nursing Companies Pay $10 MM To Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations

A pair of Alabama consulting companies and nine nursing facilities affiliated with them have agreed to pay $10 million in fines to resolve allegations by the United States Justice Department that they submitted a raft of false claims to Medicare […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Faces DUI Charge After Allegedly Wrecking Stolen Car And Fleeing With Bottle In Hand

Clearwater police apprehended a man last week they say stole a vehicle, ran a red light, and careened into another vehicle prior to their arrival on the scene. Per the arresting officers, Rico L. Hayes drove the stolen vehicle with […]... [Read More]

Jacksonville Wound Care Provider To Pay Up To $22.51 Million To Settle Fraudulent Medicare Billing Allegations

A Jacksonville wound-care provider has agreed to pay up to $22.51 million in fines to settle federal charges that it fraudulently billed Medicare for medically-unnecessary treatments. Per Justice Department investigators, Healogics, Inc. submitted false claims to Medicare from 2010 through […]... [Read More]

Drug Warrant Yields Dozens of Cannabis Plants, Hundreds of Pounds Of Cannabis In Brooksville Home

Deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office say the execution of a warrant last week yielded a large quantity of cannabis plants and harvested cannabis prepared for distribution at a Brooksville home. Details were scarce, but the Sheriff’s Office says […]... [Read More]

New York Health Care Providers Pay $14.7 Million To Settle Fraudulent Medicare Billing Charges

A pair of New York health care providers agreed last week to pay the United States Justice Department over $14.7 million in fines to resolve allegations that it submitted fraudulent claims to federally-funded health care programs. Health Quest Systems, Inc. […]... [Read More]

Mental Health Clinic Head Sentenced To 82 Months In Federal Prison For Fraud

The former director of a Philadelphia mental health provider will spend almost 7 years in federal prison after being convicted of fraudulently redirecting over $2 million of the clinic’s earnings to her own bank account. On July 12 U.S. District […]... [Read More]

Hospice Chain Settles Charges Of Submitting False Claims To Medicare For $8.5 Million

A major regional hospice care provider settled with federal prosecutors late last month to end prosecution for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare for patients who were not terminally ill. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District […]... [Read More]