Florida

Criminal law news and events throughout the state of Florida

Daughter Left Out Of Will Accused Of Murdering Mother

A Fort Lauderdale woman stands accused of murder after Broward County authorities accuse her of fatally beating her elderly mother in a rage. Investigators say Gabriela Perero was informed by her mother Luisa on July 12 that she was not […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Faces DUI Charge After Allegedly Wrecking Stolen Car And Fleeing With Bottle In Hand

Clearwater police apprehended a man last week they say stole a vehicle, ran a red light, and careened into another vehicle prior to their arrival on the scene. Per the arresting officers, Rico L. Hayes drove the stolen vehicle with […]... [Read More]

Jacksonville Wound Care Provider To Pay Up To $22.51 Million To Settle Fraudulent Medicare Billing Allegations

A Jacksonville wound-care provider has agreed to pay up to $22.51 million in fines to settle federal charges that it fraudulently billed Medicare for medically-unnecessary treatments. Per Justice Department investigators, Healogics, Inc. submitted false claims to Medicare from 2010 through […]... [Read More]

Drug Warrant Yields Dozens of Cannabis Plants, Hundreds of Pounds Of Cannabis In Brooksville Home

Deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office say the execution of a warrant last week yielded a large quantity of cannabis plants and harvested cannabis prepared for distribution at a Brooksville home. Details were scarce, but the Sheriff’s Office says […]... [Read More]

Vero Beach Man’s Legal Loophole Fails To Prevent DUI Arrest

A Vero Beach man thought he had discovered a loophole to the state of Florida’s DUI laws last week. Sadly, the law enforcement personnel he soon encountered were not quite as convinced as he at the legal reasoning he employed, […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man’s Collision With HCSO Cruiser Yields DUI Charges

Hillsborough County deputies say a Tampa man was intoxicated when he crashed his vehicle into a department cruiser, causing several thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the car. Per the officers, Tyler Ray Conrad was piloting his 2005 Nissan […]... [Read More]

Ft. Lauderdale Doctor Convicted On Federal Drug Charges After Allegedly Illegally Prescribing Opioids

A Fort Lauderdale doctor was convicted last month by a federal jury for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to distribute illicit drugs. According to federal prosecutors, Dr. Andres Mencia and three of his office workers began performing fake consultations […]... [Read More]

Largo Man Arrested, Charged With Murder For Alleged Fatal Beating In June

A Largo man authorities say fatally beat his neighbor last month was arrested last week and charged with his murder. Largo police say they were summoned to a local mobile home park on June 9 to respond to the report […]... [Read More]

Botched Alleged Home Invasion Leads To Felony Murder Charges For Tampa Man

An alleged burglary that culminated in the death of a Tampa man’s accomplice in the undertaking has resulted in the laying of felony murder charges against him. Per Hillsborough County authorities, Earnest Eugene Cherry Jr. and Chike Tim broke into […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Arrested for DUI Manslaughter in Death of Motorcyclist

A St. Petersburg man is facing drunk driving and homicide charges after authorities say he was intoxicated when he struck and killed a motorcyclist. Pinellas County prosecutors say Dylan Charles Baron was driving southbound on Fourth Street N late on […]... [Read More]

Georgia Man Surrenders to Hamilton County Authorities on Murder Charges Relating to Hernando County Park Ranger

Although there remains a question of jurisdiction, the boyfriend of a Hernando County park ranger whose body was discovered afloat in a waterway in Georgia will face charges related to her death. Per authorities, Mitzi Marie Babb was last seen […]... [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]

Awaiting Trial for Over Seven Years, Wimauma Murder Suspect Finally Granted Bond

In the Hillsborough County Jail since late 2010, a Wimauma man was finally granted bail last week after a judge opined that the evidence prosecutors have presented against him to this point is too weak to deny it. Michael Edward […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Sentenced to Quarter Century in Prison for Federal Heroin Trafficking Conviction

A St. Petersburg man will be spending the next decade and a half in federal prison on drug-trafficking charges, as prosecutors say he moved 30 kilograms of heroin into the area over a year and a half. William Harold Wright […]... [Read More]