Government Fraud

Guilty Plea to Tax Fraud Charges Earns Owner of Accounting Firm with Tampa Office Two Years in Federal Prison

The owner of a public accounting firm with an office in Tampa was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges. Walter Drakeford, Sr. entered a guilty plea on one count of interfering with […]... [Read More]

West Palm Beach Doctor Faces Over Six Centuries in Prison on Medicare Fraud Charges

Facing up to 610 years in federal prison, prominent South Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen’s trial on charges of Medicare fraud began last week. According to prosecutors, Melgen defrauded the government out of $190 million in Medicare payments between 2004 and […]... [Read More]

Prosecution Agrees to Plea Agreement for Ex Tampa Cop Accused of Tax Fraud Scheme

A federal judge will hear the details of a plea agreement later this month that may avoid a trial on the merits of a former Tampa homicide detective who has been accused of filing fraudulent tax returns. Eric Houston is […]... [Read More]

Tampa Postal Worker Found Guilty in Theft of $2MM in Social Security Checks

A former federal mail handler was convicted of charges relating to the theft of thousands of Social Security checks worth approximately $2 million dollars on Wednesday. A federal jury found Stacy Darnell Mitchell guilty of theft of government property and […]... [Read More]

Tampa Woman Convicted of Fraudulently Charging $2.5 MM to Medicare

A Tampa woman is awaiting sentencing on a conviction of fraud and money-laundering charges relating to her alleged participation in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme. Pilar Garcia Lorenzo was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit health care […]... [Read More]