White Collar Crimes

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]

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]

Tampa Attorney Pleads Guilty After Falling Victim to DEA Sting

A prominent Tampa attorney pled guilty to charges of hiding proceeds from illegal drug deals last week after agreeing to help a DEA agent and an informer set up a private trust for holding cash proceeds from sales of drugs […]... [Read More]

Former CEO of Hillsborough Program for Disabled Adults Indicted on Charges of Fraud Against Government

The man widely considered to be behind the success of a Hillsborough county program for adults with developmental disabilities has now become the fourth person to face charges for defrauding the federal government. Sixty-nine-year-old Richard Lilliston, once the CEO of […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Man Arrested for Living Under Deceased Man’s Identity for Two Decades

Richard Hoagland sits in a Pasco County jail cell today. Declared legally dead in 2003, state and federal authorities say that he has been living life as Terry Jude Symansky, who has been deceased for 25 years next Saturday. According […]... [Read More]

Tavares Mayor Suspended After Arrest for Insurance Fraud

Florida governor Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday suspending Tavares mayor Robert Wolfe after his arrest the afternoon before on one count of felony insurance fraud. According to investigators, Wolfe received $17,234.65 from his homeowner’s insurance policy to repair […]... [Read More]

Valrico Couple Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding HSBC

Valrico resident Michelle Guy was sentenced this week to 48 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Her husband and co-defendant Kevin Guy was sentenced last month to 37 months in prison for his […]... [Read More]