White Collar Crimes

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]

East Tampa Restaurant Owner Facing Decades in Federal Prison Over Alleged Tax Fraud Scheme

The proprietor of an East Tampa soul-food restaurant is accused by the Federal government of falsifying scores of tax returns using stolen identities and retrieving the fraudulent refunds via debit card transfers at her restaurant. Natalie Rene Panko pled guilty […]... [Read More]

Brooksville Apartment Complex Manager Charged with Purloining Property’s Payments

Brooksville police say a local property manager stole tens of thousands of dollars in rent and fees while working as a property manager earlier this year. According to Hernando county authorities, Maria Danielle Marriage absconded with around $45,000 in the […]... [Read More]

Trio of Former Hernando Beach VFD Chiefs Accused of Thousands of Dollars of Fraud

Investigators of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office allege that three of the former fire chiefs of the now-defunct Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department defrauded the local government of over $225,000 in a span of just under three years. According to […]... [Read More]

Texas Woman Sentenced in Tampa to 40 Years in Prison on Fraud Convictions

A Texas woman was sentenced to four decades in federal prison in a Tampa courtroom last week after being convicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges. According to federal prosecutors, Priscilla Ann Ellis was part of a three-person conspiracy, […]... [Read More]

Nine Florida Football Players Accused of Credit Card Fraud

Several members of the University of Florida football team are facing dozens of charges of credit card fraud after authorities say they used others’ credit cards to add thousands of dollars to their bookstore debit accounts. According to the State […]... [Read More]

Tarpon Springs Woman Accused of Defrauding PTA of $5,000

A Tarpon Springs woman has been accused of stealing money from her parent-teacher association to pay personal bills. Pinellas County deputies say Lisa Enger McMenamin defrauded the Brooker Creek Elementary PTA out of over $5,000 between October 2015 and July […]... [Read More]

Tampa Coin Dealer Accused of Grand Theft After Allegedly Defrauding Customers Out of $220,000

A local coin dealer is being charged with a raft of grand theft counts as police say he defrauded over two dozen customers out of a combined total of almost a quarter million dollars. Pinellas County investigators allege the 55-year-old […]... [Read More]

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]