White Collar Crimes

Tampa Man Sentenced to Almost a Decade in Prison on Federal Wire Fraud Conviction

Already serving a sentence for allegedly engaging in a similar scheme, a Tampa man received almost a decade more to serve in federal prison last week for a new conviction on charges of investment fraud. Anthony J. Klatch Jr. stood […]... [Read More]

Palm Harbor Cancer Specialist Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison for Chemotherapy Fraud

A Palm Harbor oncologist was sentenced to almost six years in federal prison after being convicted of fraudulent charges to Medicare for unapproved overseas cancer medications. Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs will remain free while her case is appealed. According to […]... [Read More]

Former HARC Exec Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison After Guilty Plea

The former chief financial officer of a private agency dedicated to helping the mentally disabled will be spending two years in federal prison for allegedly illegally diverting Social Security payments from individuals under their care. Frank Pannullo was also sentenced […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Sentenced to 5-1/2 Years in Prison on Federal Money Laundering Charges

A Tampa man was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in federal prison last week after admitting in January to laundering money for financial hackers. Anthony R. Murgio wept as he told a U.S. district judge in Manhattan that he made significant […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Man Charged with Elder Exploitation After Alleged $100K Theft from Father

A Spring Hill man was arrested late last month and returned to Hernando County over a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations that he stole over $100,000 from his father. Vincent James Caliendo was arrested […]... [Read More]

USF Football Player Charged with Credit Card Fraud After Allegedly Using Card of Another at IHOP

A walk-on football player for the University of South Florida stands accused of credit card fraud after allegedly attempting to use a card that was previously reported as being stolen. Adrian Dejuan Palmore was arrested last Monday evening at an […]... [Read More]

Trial on Fraud Charges Ahead for Former Gainesville Employee After Allegedly Spending City Funds on Augmentation Surgery on Her Rear

A now-former employee of the city of Gainesville is facing felony fraud charges after an investigation uncovered instances of her allegedly spending city funds on, among other things, buttock augmentation surgery. Initially described as a competent employee who was always […]... [Read More]

Former FDOT Employee and Spouse Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

A Lakeland husband-and-wife duo were indicted by a federal grand jury last week as they are alleged to have used her position at the Florida Department of Transportation to illegally funnel tax money into his own pockets. Tracy Dean Tronco […]... [Read More]

Sextet Charged with Stealing Credit Card Numbers from Hillsborough Co., Pinellas Co. Gas Pumps

Six Hillsborough county residents are facing fraud charges and a seventh individual is still being sought for the same for allegedly participating in a scheme to illegally harvest credit card numbers using scanning machines placed on gas pumps. Investigators with […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Accepts Plea Agreement Relating to Deepwater Horizon Fraud

A licensed tax preparer from St. Petersburg pled guilty to federal charges related to fraudulent claims he allegedly filed for businesses attempting to recover non-existent losses from the Deepwater Horizon blowout and resulting oil spill. Joseph Bassler inked a plea […]... [Read More]

Navy Officer Charged with Fraud, Arson After House Fire

A twenty-six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy was arrested and charged with arson and insurance fraud last week after investigators say he set fire to his home in order to claim insurance benefits. Lieutenant Nolen John Zander’s home caught fire […]... [Read More]

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]

Prosecution Pending of Pinellas Prisoner for Possibly Purchasing Personal Products for Peers with Purloined Proceeds

A Clearwater man who is already a guest of the Pinellas County Sheriff stands accused of using stolen credit card numbers to purchase supplies for others within the county’s jail. Robert Bryan Kinzinger was booked into the Pinellas County Jail […]... [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]

St. Pete Man Among Seventeen Defendants Charged in Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme

A St. Petersburg man is one of seventeen defendants facing charges of mortgage fraud stemming from loans taken out on condominiums on Florida’s west coast. Carlos Mesa, Jr. is accused by attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern […]... [Read More]