Sarasota County

Sarasota County, Florida criminal law news and events

Brunvand Wins Acquittal in Federal Murder Trial

Staring a life sentence in federal prison in the face, a St. Petersburg man is now awaiting sentencing on lesser crimes after a jury unanimously found him not guilty of murder. Corey D. Harris, a twenty-five-year-old, was acquitted after a […]... [Read More]

Sarasota Parents Accused of Selling Cocaine with Children in Vehicle

A mother and father from Sarasota County are residing in the county jail on charges of selling cocaine and child neglect. The duo is being held without bond. According to deputies, Destiny Dexter, 26, and Reginald Frazier, 29, both of […]... [Read More]

Sarasota Woman Faces Charges After Allegedly Passing Out in Car with Her Children

A Sarasota woman was arrested last week after allegedly being found unconscious in a vehicle with two young children and a variety of illegal drugs. Sarasota County sheriff’s deputies say Veronica Posey was discovered at half past seven in the […]... [Read More]

Sarasota Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Mortgage Fraud

A Sarasota man was sentenced to five years in federal prison this month for his role in a complicated mortgage fraud scheme. Arthur R. Seaborne had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud. In addition to the prison […]... [Read More]

Three Sentenced in Sarasota Mortgage Fraud Case

A Washington State couple and a Nokomis man were sentenced this week to federal prison for participating in a Sarasota mortgage fraud scheme. They were convicted earlier this year following a three-month jury trial in Tampa’s federal court. George Cavallo […]... [Read More]

Four Sarasota Residents Charged in Fraudulent Store Refund Scheme

According to law enforcement in Sarasota, four local men were charged last week with scheming to defraud in an alleged scheme to use trashed store receipts to make fraudulent refund requests. Brandie Horsley, Thomas Harrison, David Walshaw, and James Buck […]... [Read More]

Two Charged with Marijuana Cultivation in Sarasota County Grow House Case

Samantha Heather Nachman, a 25-year-old North Port woman was charged last weekend with cultivating marijuana for her participation in a marijuana growing operation at a Sarasota County home. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Nachman at her home in North Port. Detectives allege […]... [Read More]

Physical Therapy Clinic Owners Charged with Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors in Tampa unsealed a thirty-count indictment this week charging Luis Duluc, formerly of Weston, Florida, and Margarita Grishkoff of North Carolina with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and additional substantive counts of health care fraud, making false […]... [Read More]

Three Charged in Alleged Multi-County Check Fraud Scheme

Earlier this month, a Tampa federal judge sentenced three Michigan residents for bank fraud, mail theft, and aggravated identity theft that occurred in Duval, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole Counties between 2007 and 2009. […]... [Read More]

Sarasota County Woman Charged in Murder of Ex’s Girlfriend

Sarasota County authorities have charged Morgan Jane Smith of North Port with premeditated murder and attempted murder relating to a shooting over the weekend. Prosecutors allege that Smith pointed a 20-gauge shotgun at Andrea Stranko, the current girlfriend of Smith’s […]... [Read More]

Sarasota Grand Jury Returns First Degree Murder Indictment for June Homicide

A Sarasota County grand jury indicted David Myers of Venice, Florida, last week on on first-degree murder charges. He was previously charged with second-degree murder. The speculation is that prosecutors may now seek the death penalty for Myers. Prosecutors now […]... [Read More]