White Collar Crimes

Houston Patient Recruiter Sentenced To 9 Years In Federal Prison For Allegedly Defrauding Medicare Of $3.6 Million

A Houston woman was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison after being convicted on charges that she was involved in a scheme to defraud Medicare of $3.6 million. According to federal prosecutors, patient recruiter Mercy O. Ainabe sold personal […]... [Read More]

Pair Of Clearwater Employees Charged With Separate Instances Of Theft From The City

A pair of employees of the city of Clearwater government are facing felony charges related to alleged theft of money and materials from their employer. Investigators say Christopher Andrew Pieslak altered two checks written to the city government by replacing […]... [Read More]

Tampa Woman Faces Charges After Allegedly Defrauding Eight Seniors Out Of $200,000

A Tampa woman is facing charges of fraud over allegations by investigators that she defrauded several elderly individuals out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Azalea Lashawn Brown fraudulently obtained the personal information […]... [Read More]

Pennsylvania Firm To Pay $13 Million To Settle Charges Of Operating A Medicare And Medicaid Kickback Scheme

A Pennsylvania-based long-term care and rehabilitation hospital operator has agreed to pay over $13 million in fines to settle charges that it paid to obtain referrals for services and items covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Federal investigators say Post Acute […]... [Read More]

Mississippi Hospital Pays $1.1 Million To Settle Charges Of Submitting False Claims To Medicare

A Mississippi hospital has agreed to pay $1.1 million in fines to settle claims made by the Federal government that it billed Medicare for services that were not medically necessary nor reasonable. The United States Justice Department said last week […]... [Read More]

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]

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]

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]

Three Texas Medical Professionals Convicted in Alleged $12.3 MM Medicare Fraud Case

A trio of Texas medical professionals were convicted by a federal jury of charges relating to a home health care fraud scheme in which federal prosecutors say they were involved. Kelly Robinett, M.D., Kingsley Nwanguma, and Joy Ogwuegbu were convicted […]... [Read More]

DOJ Charges 601 Individuals in Department’s Largest Health Care Fraud Bust Ever

A recent crackdown on health care fraud by the United States Department of Justice led to over 600 arrests on federal fraud charges, including thirteen in the Tampa Bay area. Per the Justice Department, last week’s arrests are collectively the […]... [Read More]

Largo Couple On the Lam After Allegedly Fraudulently Leasing Same House to Fifteen Different Families

A Largo couple is being sought by police on suspicion of fraudulently leasing the same house to over a dozen different families. Largo police allege that Nicole and David Johnson knowingly agreed to rent to at least 15 different families, […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Facing Charges After Allegedly Purloining $30k in Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets

A St. Petersburg man was arrested last week on suspicion of absconding with $30,000 in scratch-off lottery tickets from a local supermarket. Investigators say Soulkhan Vorasane broke in to the store’s lottery kiosk on several occasions, making out with a […]... [Read More]

Former CareerSource Employee Charged with Stealing Thousands of Dollars From Gift Cards

St. Petersburg officials say a well-tenured employee of the county’s jobs agency stole thousands of dollars in gift cards from the agency for her own personal use. Danielle Robertson stands accused by Pinellas County prosecutors of stealing $6,700 from gift […]... [Read More]

Two Former Florida Gator Football Players Agree to Plea Deal in Alleged Credit Card Fraud Scheme

A pair of the nine now-former Florida Gators football players accused of credit card fraud came to an agreement with prosecutors on a plea deal that will keep them out of prison. Jordan Smith and Kadeem Telfort pled no contest […]... [Read More]

Unlicensed Sarasota Doctor Charged with Defrauding Tens of Thousands of Dollars from Kansas Man via False Cancer Diagnosis

Sarasota authorities say a local physician who was in the process of losing his medical license cheated a Kansas man out of tens of thousands of dollars by falsely diagnosing him with cancer. Investigators say an unnamed man from the […]... [Read More]