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Former Police Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion

Tonia Bright pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining information from a protected computer for a fraudulent purpose.

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Florida Man Sentenced to More than 14 Years in Prison for Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

A Land O Lakes, Florida, businessman was sentenced by a judge in federal court in Tampa today to 174 months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme.

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Orlando Man Sentenced for Receiving Child Pornography

Orlando, Florida U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced David Ryan Alberts (43, Orlando) to 10 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.

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Former Fugitive Pleads Guilty in Florida Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme

A Cuban national who fled the United States and had been wanted since 2013 on federal criminal charges relating to a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme in the greater Tampa Bay, Florida, area pleaded guilty today for his role in the scheme.

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St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Child Pornography Offenses

Tampa, Florida U. S. Senior District Judge Richard A. Lazzara has sentenced Jetmir Qose (23, St. Petersburg) to 8 years in federal prison for transportation and possession of child pornography.

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St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years for Child Exploitation Offenses

Tampa, Florida United States District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich has sentenced Tom Kelly (St.

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Polk County Man Charged in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

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Holiday Man Indicted for Multiple Bank Robberies

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Florida Audiologist Sentenced to 94 Months in Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

A Florida audiologist was sentenced to 94 months in prison today for her role in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme.

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North Miami Man Sentenced to Five Years for Identity Fraud and Tax Fraud Scheme

<p class="rtejustify">Orlando, Florida U. S. District Judge John Antoon II today sentenced Joseph A. Johns to 5 years in federal prison for possession of 15 or more fraudulent debit cards and aggravated identity fraud.

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Virginia Man Arrested at Jacksonville Airport for Assault on Flight Crew

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Fort Myers Urologist Agrees to Pay More Than $1 Million

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Former Seminole County High School Teacher Sentenced to 27 Years on Federal Child Exploitation Charges

Orlando, Florida U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Gregory A. Vaughn (59, Seminole County) to 27 years in federal prison for enticement of a minor and production of child pornography.

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Conspirators in Illegal Commercial Driver's License Scheme Sentenced

<p class="rtejustify">Orlando, Florida U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton has sentenced Ellariy Medvednik (49, Oviedo) to one year in federal prison and a fine of $30,000 for conspiring to aid and abet the unlawful production of Florida driver licenses and commercial driver licenses ( ).

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Temple Terrace Men Convicted in String of Armed Robberies

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Bradenton Man Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

<p class="rtejustify">Tampa, FL U. S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Nathan Bryan (40, Bradenton) to life in federal prison for producing child pornography and attempting to entice a minor for illegal sexual activity.

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Former Real Estate Associate Sentenced to Federal Prison for His Role Tampa Mortgage Scheme

Tampa, Florida U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich has sentenced Joseph Pasquale (39, Worcester, MA) to four years and nine months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud.

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Pasco County, Florida Man Sentenced to Prison for Cross Burning

The Justice Department announced that Pascual Carlos Pietri, 53, of Port Richey, Florida, was sentenced to 37 months in prison by U.

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Orlando Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

<p class="rtejustify">Orlando, Florida U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. yesterday sentenced Shantrell Sharae Stephenson to three years in federal prison for stolen identity refund fraud.

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Two Orlando Men Involved in the Carjacking of a Federal Officer Plead Guilty

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Colombian Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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Former Longwood Police Chief Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison

Orlando, Florida Senior U. S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Thomas S. Jackson to four years in federal prison for conspiracy and bribery of an agent of a local government receiving federal funds.

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St. Petersburg Real Estate Agent Sentenced for His Role in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

Tampa, Florida - U. S. District Judge James S. Moody has sentenced Gary Blankenship (45, St. Petersburg) to eight months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud.

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Orlando Woman Charged with Multiple Crimes, Including Acting as an Illegal Agent of a Foreign Government and Conspiracy

Amin Yu is charged with multiple crimes, including acting in the U.S.as an illegal agent of a foreign government without prior notification to the Attorney General.

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Bonita Springs Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

Fort Myers, Florida U. S. District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced Christopher Hall (45, Bonita Springs) to eight years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Threatening to Firebomb Two Mosques and Shoot Worshippers

The Justice Department announced today that Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, pleaded guilty to a hate crime in the Middle District of Florida for calling two mosques located in Pinellas County, Florida, and threatening to firebomb the mosques and shoot their congregants.

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Former Real Estate Associate Convicted of Bank Fraud in Tampa Mortgage Scheme

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Operation Smokin’ Bones Drug Conspirator Pleads Guilty

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Naples Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years for Operating an $8 Million Investment Scheme

Fort Myers, Florida United States District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Dorian Garcia (31, Naples) to six years and six months in federal prison for wire fraud.

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Tampa Man Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Tampa, Florida U. S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Major Dixon to five years and one month in federal prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

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Indiana Woman Convicted in $3 Million Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Linda Deavers (61, Fishers, Indiana) guilty of 10 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of money laundering.

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Fort Myers Couple Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced Alan Robert Johnson (35) to 50 years in federal prison and Jennifer A.

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Mortgage Fraud Ringleader and Title Agent Convicted in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that yesterday, a federal jury found James Fidel Sotolongo (48, Port Orange) guilty of one count of conspiracy and 11 counts of bank fraud.

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South Florida Man Sentenced to Prison for $10.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA south Florida man was sentenced today in federal court in Tampa, Florida, to serve 48 months in prison in connection with a $10.

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Pinellas Man Found Guilty of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

TAMPA United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Sami Osmakac (27, Pinellas Park) guilty of attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and possession of a fully automatic firearm.

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Convicted Sex Offender from North Port Sentenced to 14 Years for Transportation of Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Alexander Vugler (45, North Port) to 14 years in federal prison for transportation of child pornography.

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Three California Residents Plead Guilty to Sex Trafficking-Related Offenses

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Vincent Hudson, a/k/a (20, Stockton, CA) pleaded guilty today.

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Florida Man Admits Role in International Murder Conspiracy and Sale and Smuggling of Deadly Toxins

TRENTON, NJA Florida man today admitted producing and selling potentially deadly toxins ricin and abrin for use as weapons and conspiring to kill a woman in the United Kingdom, U.

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Orlando Credit Union Robber Pleads Guilty

ORLANDO United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Raulier Rivas Lopez (28, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to one count of credit union robbery with assault and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of the robbery.

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Sanford Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years for Aiding and Abetting Commercial Robbery

ORLANDO, FL Senior U. S. District Judge John Antoon, II today sentenced Jacques Maddox (23, Sanford) to six years and six months in federal prison for aiding and abetting the attempted robbery of a Walgreens store in Orlando.

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Lutz Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

TAMPA United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Patricia M. Syling (44, Lutz) yesterday pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

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Former American Airlines Pilot Sentenced to 21 Years for Child Pornography Offenses

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Donald Edwin Gallagher, Jr. (52, St. Petersburg) to 21 years in federal prison for production, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

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Colombian Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Importation Conspiracy Charge

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Richard Mosquera Mosquera (44, Colombia, South America) today pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it would be unlawfully imported into the United States.

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St. Petersburg Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Charges

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Derrick L. Hayes, a/k/a (27, St. Petersburg) pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of children by force or coercion, and two counts of sex trafficking of children by force or coercion.

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St. Petersburg Man Arrested for Attempting to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Robert Jay Berman (64, St. Petersburg) has been arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with attempted persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

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Leader of Colombian Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 18 Years in Federal Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Vinston Boxton-Moises (49, San Andres Island, Colombia, South America) to 18 years in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that the cocaine would be unlawfully imported into the United States.

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Indiana Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison in $3.5 Million Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL Chief U. S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Linda Deavers (61, Indiana) to six years and six months in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering.

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Bank Robber Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

ORLANDO, FL Senior U. S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp has sentenced Duwane Edward Gilmore (27, Mount Dora) to 10 years in federal prison for two counts of bank robbery.

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FBI Launches National Campaign to Address Laser Threat to Aircraft

The FBI today announced a national campaign to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft, a federal violation that presents danger to pilots, passengers, and those on the ground.

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Security Guard Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Coercing and Enticing Minors into Prostitution

TAMPA United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Naba Raheem Lewis (34, Tampa) was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for coercing and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.

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Shell Company Operator Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

WASHINGTONA Florida managing member of a shell company pleaded guilty today in federal court in Tampa for his role in a multi-million dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Armed Robbery

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Darin Leon Givens (32, Orlando) to a total of nine years in federal prison for the robbery of a retail store and the use and carrying of a firearm during that robbery.

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Seattle Man Pleads Guilty to Voter Intimidation and Identification Fraud for Letters Sent to Florida Residents in Conjunction with the 2012 Federal Elections

WASHINGTON James Webb Baker Jr. , 58, of Seattle, pleaded guilty today to one count of voter intimidation and one count of identification fraud in the U.

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Two Brevard County Residents Plead Guilty in $18 Million Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Donald Ray Babb (58, Merritt Island) and Ralph Victor Ruth (61, Melbourne) have pleaded guilty to an Information charging them with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Plant City Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years for Armed Robbery

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington has sentenced Reginald Lynn Gaines (24, Plant City) to 11 years and nine months in federal prison for robbing a convenience store, and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during that robbery.

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Orange County Gang Members Convicted of Sex Trafficking of a Minor

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, announces that a federal jury has found Xavier Francisco Villanueva, a/k/a (25, Orlando) guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, for which they each face up to life in prison.

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Owner of Energy Crop Company Sentenced to Prison

FORT MYERS, FLUnited States District Judge John E.

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Largo Man Sentenced to More Than Eight Years for Accessing and Viewing Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington yesterday sentenced Eric Thomas (37, Largo) to eight years and one month in federal prison for accessing with the intent to view child pornography.

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Former Art Gallery Employee Indicted for More Than $1 Million Embezzlement

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Jeffrey Hall (48, Maitland) with five counts of mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud.

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Three California Residents Sentenced for Sex Trafficking-Related Offenses

ORLANDO, FL (20, Stockton, CA) for sex trafficking-related offenses.

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Former Owner of Physical Therapy Clinic Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Health Care Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA Florida man who was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud was sentenced to serve 27 months in prison today in federal court in Tampa, Florida.

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Former Chief of Longwood Police Department Indicted

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Thomas S. Jackson (57, Longwood) and Samer S.

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168 Juveniles Recovered in Nationwide Operation Targeting Commercial Child Sex Trafficking

During the past week, the FBI; its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VIII (OCC-VIII), a week-long enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States.

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Merritt Island Resident Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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Six Individuals from Americana Corridor of South Orlando Indicted for Federal Firearm and Drug Trafficking Offenses

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of six separate indictments charging Rodney Griffin (33, Orlando), Felix Warren (40, Orlando), Dave Stephen Alfred (27, Orlando), Junior Jeffrey Alexis (20, Orlando), Donte Antwan Gedeon (24, Orlando), and James Edward Walker (32, Orlando) with firearm and drug trafficking offenses.

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Pinellas Man Sentenced to 40 Years’ Imprisonment for Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Sami Osmakac (27, Pinellas Park) to 40 years in federal prison for the attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, and possession of a fully automatic firearm.

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FBI and Law Enforcement Partners Seeking Information on Multi-Jurisdictional Serial Bank Robber

The FBI and local law enforcement authorities in nine Florida cities are jointly investigating a series of bank robberies committed throughout the East Coast and Central Florida region.

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BioScan Principal Pleads Guilty in Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

WASHINGTONA Florida managing member of a shell company pleaded guilty today in federal court in Tampa, Florida, for his role in a multi-million dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme.

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Orange County Gang Members Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

ORLANDO, FL Chief U. S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced four individuals to federal prison for their participation in the sex trafficking of a minor.

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Leader of Colombian Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Benjamin Renteria-Arboleda (54, Colombia, South America) has pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

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Two Florida Men Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Guillermo Rincon (36, Miami) and Enrique Hernandez (34, Tampa) with one count of mortgage fraud conspiracy involving mail and bank fraud, and other related substantive charges.

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Former President and Owner of Rehabilitation Clinic Pleaded Guilty in Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

The former president and owner of a rehabilitation therapy services clinic pleaded guilty in Tampa today to health care fraud and money laundering charges.

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Second Conspirator Pleads Guilty in Lakeland SNAP Fraud Ring

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Basem Abualteen (48, Lakeland) pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

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Apopka Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery

ORLANDO, FLSenior United States District Judge Gregory A.

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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to More Than 24 Years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

ORLANDOUnited States District Judge John Antoon, II yesterday sentenced Todd Leslie Kroeber (43, Port St.

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Brevard County Man Convicted at Trial for Attempting to Entice a Minor

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury found Matthew Steven Howard (26) guilty of attempting to persuade, induce, and entice a person he believed to be 14 years of age to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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Colombian Maritime Narcotics Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Arley Fernando Garces (34, Colombia) to 25 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine while on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and conspiracy to do the same, in violation of the U.

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High-Ranking Guatemalan Drug Trafficker Extradited to Face Federal Drug Charges

TAMPA United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Juan Alberto Ortiz-Lopez, a/k/a (43, San Marcos, Guatemala) has been extradited to the Middle District of Florida to face federal drug trafficking charges.

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Clearwater Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Charge

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Gerald Eugene Mayham (41, Clearwater) pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking a child.

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Venice Escrow Agent Sentenced for Role in Wire Fraud Investment Scheme

TAMPA, FL Senior U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Stephen J. Cormier (42, Nokomis) to three years and five months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Four Connected to River Otter Preppers Sentenced

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced four individuals with connections to the organization.

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Leader of River Otter Preppers Sentenced

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington has sentenced Martin Howard Winters (55, Valrico), the leader of the River Otter Preppers organization, to 30 months imprisonment for manufacturing and possessing destructive devices.

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Former Art Gallery Employee Pleads Guilty in More Than $1.5 Million Embezzlement Scheme

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jeffrey Hall (48, Maitland) has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

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Winter Springs Man Sentenced to More Than 21 Years for Attempted Production and Distribution of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron yesterday sentenced Kevin Reynolds (40, Winter Springs) to 21 years, 10 months in federal prison for attempted production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

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Leader of Colombian Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 27 Years in Federal Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Jose Samir Renteria-Cuero (51, Cali, Colombia), a/k/a to 27 years in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

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Former Wellcare Chief Executive Officer Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

WASHINGTONFormer WellCare chief executive officer Todd S.

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Colombian Boat Captain Sentenced to More Than 18 Years in Federal Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Juan Yover Estrada-Mancilla (35, Colombia, South America) to 18 years and nine months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine while on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Robbing Credit Union

ORLANDO, FL Chief U. S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Raulier Rivas Lopez (28, Orlando) to 14 years in federal prison for one count of credit union robbery with assault and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of the robbery.

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Transport Company Executive Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Karl Stehlin (59, Tampa) with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.

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Naples Man Indicted for Two Armed Bank Robberies

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Laser Strike on a Law Enforcement Helicopter Leads to Arrest

Within 36 hours of the FBI Tampa Field Offices Laser Threat Public Awareness press conference, a local man was arrested for lasing a Tampa Police Department helicopter.

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Orlando Rapper ‘Fella’ Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery

ORLANDO Senior U. S. District Judge John Antoon, II today sentenced Dewarren Antoine Lewis, a/k/a (28, Orlando) to 35 years in federal prison for two counts of bank robbery with assault and two counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

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Lakeland Mail Carrier Arrested for Theft of Mail and Treasury Checks

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest of Franklin C. Barnes (48, Winter Haven) on a federal complaint charging him with theft of mail and government property in the form of U.

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Orlando Felon Sentenced for Possession of Firearm and Impersonating a DEA Agent

ORLANDO Senior U. S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Benjamin William Mejias (43, Orlando) to 18 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and for impersonating a DEA agent.

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Tampa Woman Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Tax Fraud

TAMPA U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Tiki Simone Dennis to six years and two months in federal prison for tax fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Principal in $28.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

WASHINGTONA Florida owner and operator of multiple physical therapy rehabilitation facilities was sentenced in federal court in Tampa today to serve 11 years in prison for his role in organizing a $28.

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Former Owner of Durable Medical Equipment Company Arrested in Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

WASHINGTONA Miami man was arrested today on health care fraud and money laundering charges in connection with an alleged $24 million scheme to defraud Medicare.

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Clermont Woman Convicted of Tax Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Tanya Fox (38, Clermont) guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, five counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of theft of government property, and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft.

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Advertising Company Executives Arrested for Fraud

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Gary Todd Smith (45), a/k/a Todd, and Gary Truman Smith (69), a/k/a Gary, both of Fayetteville, North Carolina, with wire fraud affecting a financial institution.

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Orange County Gang Members Charged with Sex Trafficking of a Minor

ORLANDO United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that on April 23, 2014, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Xavier Francisco Villanueva, a/k/a Keith E.

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Ocoee Man Convicted of Aiding and Abetting Attempted Commercial Robbery

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Jacques Maddox (22, Ocoee) guilty of one count of aiding and abetting the attempted robbery of a Walgreens store located at 5501 South Kirkman Road in Orlando.

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Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography on MacDill Air Force Base

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Erich Clifford Mandell Ramos (27, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.

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Owner of Tampa Contracting Company Pleads Guilty to Paying Illegal Kickbacks for Fraudulent Training Certificates

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Paul R. Pinet (67, Tampa) yesterday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and to making false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements.

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Disbarred Attorney Sentenced to Prison for Her Role in $28.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA disbarred Florida attorney was sentenced in federal court in Tampa, Florida today to serve 70 months in prison in connection with her role in a $28.

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St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to Nine Years for Child Pornography Offenses

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Richard Wayne Johnson (68, St. Petersburg) to nine years in federal prison for transporting and possessing child pornography, followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

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Tampa Man Sentenced in Bank Fraud Conspiracy

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Guerryson Torres (50, Tampa) to 33 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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Manatee County Man Charged for Attempting to Entice Minors

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that William Daniel Thompson (67) was arrested on September 11, 2014, for attempting to persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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Developer Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison in Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich yesterday sentenced Joseph Daniele (42, Tampa) to 10 years and 1 month in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Tampa Woman Sentenced to More Than Four Years for Tax Fraud

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Erica Lambert (31, Tampa) to four years and two months in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States Treasury, and to commit wire fraud in connection with filing fraudulent tax returns.

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Winter Haven Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for the Attempted Sexual Enticement of a Minor

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron today sentenced Edward Alan Vadney (23, Winter Haven) to 17 years in federal prison for the attempted sexual enticement of a minor.

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Florida Correctional Officer Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud Using Inmates’ Identities

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. has sentenced Jerry St. Fleur (26, Tampa) to four years and three months in federal prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Minnesota Sex Offender Indicted for Traveling to Engage in Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Tampa Minor

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Matthew William McLean (25, Minneapolis, Minnesota) with the attempted transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, interstate travel to meet a minor with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and committing a felony sex offense as a registered sex offender.

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Florida Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud Using Inmates’ Identities

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jerry St. Fleur (26, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Two Arrested in Illegal Kickbacks Case Involving Clinical Laboratory Testing

A Florida man who is already facing health care fraud and money laundering charges in federal court in Tampa was arrested again today, along with the owner of a health care marketing company, in an alleged illegal cash-for-patients kickback scheme involving clinical laboratory testing.

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Colombian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Federal Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich yesterday sentenced Alex Gonzalez-Arango (39, Buenaventura, Colombia) to 19 years and seven months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine while onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

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Colombian Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Importation Conspiracy Charge

TAMPA United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Vinston Boxton-Moises (48, San Andres Island, Colombia, South America) today pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing that the cocaine would be unlawfully imported into the United States.

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Melbourne Man Pleads Guilty to Producing of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Eugene Edward Hudome (60, Melbourne) has pleaded guilty to using a minor to produce images of child pornography.

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Orlando Man Pleads Guilty to Two Bank Robberies

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Keith Earle Young (57, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery.

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Palmetto Woman Arrested for Embezzlement of Funds from Local Company

TAMPA United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest of Beverly Sue Gingell (60, Palmetto) on a federal complaint charging her with committing wire fraud.

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Worship Minister Charged with Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Mark Daniel DeHaven (33, Winter Garden) with two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to More Than 24 Years for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced Louie Anthony Salemi (33, Orlando) yesterday to 19 years and seven months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography, to be followed by a consecutive term of four years and 10 months imprisonment for possession of child pornography.

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Department of Defense Contractor Sentenced to 30 Years for Production of Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Michael C. Vella (36, Riverview) to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

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Neo-Nazi Sentenced for Sending Gruesome Threats to Florida Officials and Their Families

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge John Antoon, II today sentenced William A. White (38, Roanoke, VA) to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for sending interstate threats with the intent to extort and using personal information without lawful authority in furtherance of a crime of violence.

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Department of Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Michael C. Vella (36, Riverview) today pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.

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Former Hillsborough County Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bank, Wire, and Mail Fraud

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Brandon Bolger (40, Chicago, IL) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire, mail and bank fraud.

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Tampa Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography on MacDill Air Force Base

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentenced Erich Clifford Mandell Ramos (27, Tampa) today to 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography.

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Tampa Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison for String of Bank Robberies

TAMPA U. S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington sentenced Cara Lee Williams (29, Tampa) yesterday to five years in federal prison for conspiracy to obstruct, delay, or affect commerce by robbery.

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Clearwater Man Sentenced to 90 Years for Production of Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Steven Edward Speer (28, Clearwater) to 90 years in federal prison for five counts of producing child pornography.

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November 2014 Elections

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Robert Mosakowski will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 4, 2014 general elections.

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Convicted Money Launderers Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Health Care Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONTwo Florida men were sentenced today in the Middle District of Florida for their roles in a fraud scheme involving the submission of more than $10 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for physical therapy.

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Orlando Man Convicted of Shining Laser at Orange County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Joseph Parrott (31, Orlando) guilty of aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.

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Two Sentenced to Prison in More Than $7.2 Million in Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron today sentenced Brian Newton (58, New Smyrna Beach) and Victoria Snow (55, Clearwater) for their role in defrauding more than 60 victims out of over $7.

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United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Florida-Based Dermatology Practice for $3 Million

ORLANDO, FLThe United States has settled a lawsuit brought by three whistleblowers that alleges a central Florida based dermatology practice knowingly billed the government millions of dollars for procedures that lacked basic indicia of medical necessity and, in some cases, had been performed by unlicensed, uncredentialed, and unsupervised employees.

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Brevard County Men Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Operating $18 Million Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL Senior U. S. District Judge John Antoon, II today sentenced Donald Ray Babb (58, Merritt Island) and Ralph Victor Ruth (61, Melbourne) to ten years and one month in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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U.S. Attorney Presents Equitable Sharing Funds to Law Enforcement Partners

United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Acting Special Agent in Charge A. D. Wright, DEA Miami Field Division, and United States Marshal William Berger today announce the distribution of more than $2.

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Sarasota Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Mortgage Loan Applications

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Randy Platfoot (54, Clearwater) today pleaded guilty to making false statements in mortgage loan applications.

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Orlando Man Charged with Investment Fraud

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Dante S. Giovannetti (50, Orlando) with five counts of wire fraud.

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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 25 Years for Receipt of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Ismael Rivera (29, Orlando) to 25 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

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Former Bradenton Housing Authority Project Director Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Stephany West (51, Bradenton) today pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds.

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Former Seminole County High School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Enticement of a Minor and Production of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Gregory A. Vaughn (58, Seminole County) has pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor, and production and receipt of child pornography.

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Worship Minister Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Mark Daniel DeHaven (33, Winter Garden) has pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.

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Federal Officials Close Investigation Into Death of Trayvon Martin

The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb.

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Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 10 Years

TAMPA, FLUnited States District Judge Mary S.

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Naples Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Receiving and Distributing Child Pornography

FORT MYERS, FL Senior U. S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced Sean F. Desa (29, Naples) to 10 years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.

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Tampa Coin Dealer Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

TAMPA, FLUnited States District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Mark Yaffe (55, Tampa) to 20 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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Former Telemarketing Manager Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Federal Prison

ORLANDO, FL Senior U. S. District Judge John Antoon, II has sentenced Mark Gardner (29, Osteen) to seven years and three months in federal prison for his role in the operation of a boiler room.

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Orange County Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice Minors to Engage in Sexual Activity

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Jonathan S. Bergeron (30, Orlando) to 12 years in prison for attempting to persuade, induce, and entice two minors he believed to be 12 and eight years of age to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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Two Convicted by Federal Jury in More Than $6 Million Fraud Scheme

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Brian Newton (57, Port Orange) and Victoria Snow (55, Clearwater) guilty of 1 count of conspiracy, 13 counts of mail fraud, and 11 counts of wire fraud.

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Former Manager of Telemarketing Room Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Money Laundering

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Mark Gardner (28, Osteen) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering for his role in the operation of a boiler room.

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Tampa Woman Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Rita Girven (33, Tampa) to 12 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Port Charlotte Man Sentenced to Life in Sexual Exploitation Case

FORT MYERS, FLSenior United States District Judge John E.

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Orlando Man Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Dante S. Giovannetti (50, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

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Three Orlando Residents Charged with Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Shantrell Sharae Stephenson, Lori Ann Dilworth, and Richard Damarick Mitchell with conspiracy, submitting false claims to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), theft of government property, and aggravated identity theft.

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Sanford Man Pleads Guilty to Producing and Receiving Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Douglas Scheels (43, Sanford) pleaded guilty today to producing and receiving child pornography.

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Tampa Man Indicted for Receipt of Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Andre Eugene Favreau (30, Temple Terrace) with receipt of child pornography.

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Imposter Sentenced to Prison for Resume Fraud and Fake Badges

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Roy Antigua (55, Miami) to one year and one day in federal prison for making a false statement in a matter within the jurisdiction of the federal government and for wrongfully possessing federal government identification badges.

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Child Pornography Distributor Indicted

FORT MYERS, FLUnited States Attorney A.

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Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Theft of Government Property Offenses

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jarvos Leonard White (25, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition after a felony conviction and theft of government property.

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Four Charged in Series of Armed Robberies

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of a third superseding indictment charging Samuel Lee Lynch (29, Tampa), Christopher Marquis Fruster (20, Tampa), Reo Thomas Nance (31, Lakeland), and Brittany Jenae Hall (26, Tampa) with conspiracy, armed robbery, and firearms offenses in connection with five Tampa Bay area armed robberies occurring between March 15, 2015, and April 24, 2015.

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Spring Hill Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking and Robbery

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Wilson Antonio Lopez (32, Spring Hill) has pleaded guilty to carjacking and interference with commerce by robbery.

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Tampa Man Sentenced to More Than 19 Years for Transporting a Minor Across State Lines to Engage in Sexual Activity

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Stephen Farris Underwood (47, Tampa) to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison for transporting a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activity.

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Tampa Man Arrested and Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging David Kneitel (56, Tampa) with possession of child pornography.

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Saudi Arabian Citizen Pleads Guilty to Physically Assaulting TSA Officer at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Mohammed Abdullah Alomaim (43, Saudi Arabia) today pleaded guilty to physically assaulting a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer, a felony under federal law.

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FBI Offers Reward of up to $5,000 in Religious Center Vandalism and Theft Cases

The Brevard FBI Resident Agency is asking for the publics assistance to solve multiple vandalism incidents involving the Shiloh Christian Center, New Shiloh Christian Center, and the Central Baptist Church located in Melbourne, Florida.

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Fort Myers Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Distribution Case

FORT MYERS, FLUnited States District Judge John A.

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Volusia County Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that William A. Harvey (50, DeLand) has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

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SNAP Fraudster Sentenced to Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Basem Abualteen (48, Lakeland) to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Armed Robbery

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Brandon Maurice Long (24, Orlando) to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for the robbery of a convenience store, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to that robbery.

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Texas Man Indicted for Attempted Sexual Enticement of a Minor

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Michael Doherty (51, Texas) with attempted sexual enticement of a minor.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Federal Prison for Investment Fraud

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Dante S. Giovannetti (50, Orlando) to five years and three months in federal prison for wire fraud.

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International Fugitive Arrested for Role in Multi-Million-Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme

A Cuban national who had been wanted since 2013 on charges relating to a multi-million dollar health care fraud scheme was arrested on Friday, Oct.

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Former Telemarketing Manager Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charges

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Tammie Lynn Cline (33, Leominster, MA) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud for her role in the operation of a boiler room.

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Orlando Man Convicted of Carjacking and Firearm Charges

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Nester Leon (26, Orlando) guilty of carjacking, and using and carrying a firearm that was discharged in relation to that carjacking.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Felony Gun Possession

ORLANDO, FL Chief U. S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Eric Emmanuel Reynolds (31, Orlando) to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Naples Man Sentenced to More Than 17 Years for Three Armed Bank Robberies

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell sentenced John Robert Haldemann (31, Naples) today to 17 years and seven months in federal prison for committing three armed bank robberies.

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Former Owner of Durable Medical Equipment Company Pleads Guilty in $5 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA Miami man pleaded guilty today to health care fraud charges in connection with a $5 million scheme to defraud Medicare.

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Second Man Sentenced in Armed Robbery of Tampa Bank

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Charlene Edward Honeywell today sentenced Keverick Lavar Brown (27, Tampa) to eight years and nine months in federal prison for bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

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Local Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud for Embezzling Church Funds

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Juliet Ellis (45, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in connection with embezzling funds from a local church.

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Tampa Man Indicted for Traveling to Engage in Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Missouri Minor

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Stephen Farris Underwood (46, Tampa) with coercion and enticement, transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and traveling to meet a minor with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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Seminole Man Arrested for Making Telephonic Threat to Firebomb Islamic Center of Pinellas County

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest and issuance of a criminal complaint charging Martin Alan Schnitzler (43, Seminole) with making a telephonic threat to kill, injure, or intimidate using fire or an explosive.

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Two California Residents Indicted on Conspiracy and Bank Fraud Charges

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Gary Hughes (35, San Diego, CA) and Jason Martin (36, Orange County, CA) with one count of mortgage fraud conspiracy involving bank fraud, and other related substantive charges.

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Two Managers of Telemarketing Room Charged with Fraud and Money Laundering

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Mark Gardner (28, Osteen, Florida) and Tammie Lynn Cline (32, Leominster, MA) with one count of conspiracy, five counts of wire fraud, and four counts of money laundering.

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Fort Myers Man Sentenced on Federal Child Pornography Charges

FORT MYERS, FLUnited States District Judge John E.

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Tampa Coin Dealer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Mark Yaffe (55, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

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Hillsborough County Resident Sentenced to Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud and Lying to the Office of the U.S. Trustee

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced David W. Griffin (44, Lutz) to three years in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud and making a false statement during a bankruptcy proceeding.

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Former Police Chief Convicted of Conspiracy and Bribery

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Thomas S. Jackson (58, Longwood) guilty of one count of conspiracy and three counts of bribery of an agent of a local government receiving federal funds.

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Bonita Springs Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

FT. MYERS, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Christopher Hall (44, Bonita Springs) with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

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Former Bradenton Housing Authority Executive Director Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Wenston DeSue (44, Bradenton) today pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds.

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Dade City Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Chanin Terrell Richardson (29, Dade City) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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BB&T Bank Robber Sentenced to Federal Prison

ORLANDO, FL Senior U. S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Kenyada Emanuel Jacobs (42, Casselberry) to five years and 10 months in federal prison for bank robbery.

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Texas Car Dealer Sentenced to Four Years in Identity Theft Scheme

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Feran Ferozali (39, Lewisville, TX) to four years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Florida Investment Adviser Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Orchestrating $9 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTONA Tampa, Florida, area investment advisor was sentenced to 18 months in prison today for perpetrating a $9 million investment fraud scheme involving Facebook stock.

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Seven Tampa Residents Plead Guilty in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that seven individuals have pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to file fraudulent income tax returns.

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Former Florida Realtor Indicted on Conspiracy and Bank Fraud Charges

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Joseph Pasquale (38, Worcester, MA) with one count of mortgage fraud conspiracy involving bank fraud and two counts of bank fraud.

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Orange County Sex Offender Convicted for Possessing and Receiving Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Ashley Anders Bishop (42, Orlando) guilty of one count of possessing and four counts of receiving child pornography.

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Fort Myers Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced David Erdman (51, Fort Myers) to eight years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervision, for possessing and distributing child pornography.

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Oviedo Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge John Antoon, II has sentenced Stephen Longest (27, Oviedo) to 10 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

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Florida Man Arrested for Making Threats to Destroy Courthouse Building Using an Explosive Device

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging Oran Orval Dawsey (37, Cocoa) with making threats to destroy a building using an explosive device.

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Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Sexual Enticement of a Minor

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Michael Doherty (51, Texas) today pleaded guilty to the attempted sexual enticement of a minor.

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Tampa Man Sentenced to 29 Years for Armed Robbery

TAMPA, FL Senior U. S. District Judge U. S. District Court Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Shamorcus Brandan Nesbitt (28, Tampa) to 29 years in federal prison for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interference with commerce by robbery, carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition.

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Former Executives of Defunct Tampa Technology Company Indicted for Investment Fraud

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Timothy Munro Roberts (45, Chesterfield, Missouri) and Terrance F.

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Bank Robber Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced William Demethris Bass (40, Oviedo) to 15 years in federal prison for bank robbery.

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Man Who Pointed Laser at Tampa Police Department Helicopter Sentenced to Prison

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich has sentenced Jeremy Wayne Sumpter (31, Garland, TX) to 12 months and one day in federal prison for knowingly aiming a laser at an aircraft.

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Former Navy Officer Sentenced for Attempting to Entice a Minor

ORLANDO, FLUnited States District Judge Roy B.

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Clearwater Man Sentenced for Receipt and Distribution of Infant and Toddler Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell today sentenced Jonathan Patrick Gregory Peterson (33, Clearwater) to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.

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Two Orlando Men Convicted of Aiming Laser Pointers at Aircraft

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Shannan Lee Winemiller (21, Orlando) guilty of knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a Southwest Boeing 737 aircraft and an Orange County Sheriff s Office helicopter.

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$1 Million in Heroin Seized

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Jose Angel Cerillo (41, Brownsville, Texas) and Maria Zacharias (59, Chalmette, Louisiana) with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

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Miami Resident Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Enrique Hernandez (34, Miami) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud.

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Former Art Gallery Employee Sentenced to Two Years for Embezzling More Than $1 Million

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Jeffery Hall (48, Maitland) to two years in federal prison for mail fraud.

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Merritt Island Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years for Possession and Receipt of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced James Otis Liptak (36, Merritt Island) to six years and six months in federal prison for receipt and possession of child pornography.

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St. Petersburg Real Estate Agent Indicted on Conspiracy and Bank Fraud Charges

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Gary Blankenship (44, St.

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Orlando Man Indicted for Attempted Sexual Enticement of a Minor

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Ronald Grocoff (62, Orlando) with the attempted sexual enticement of a minor.

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Courtnee Brantley Ordered to Begin Prison Sentence for Misprison of Felony Conviction

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. today ordered Courtnee Brantley to surrender to the custody of the United States Marshal or to the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons on January 4, 2016 to begin serving the 12 months and one day sentence imposed in June 2013.

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Prosthetic Device Company Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Suncoast Brace Limb, Inc. ( ), based in Bradenton, today pleaded guilty to health care fraud.

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Illegal Alien Arrested for Unlawful Possession of Ammunition

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging Hamid Mohamed Ahmed Ali Rehaif (25, Melbourne, and a citizen of the United Arab Emirates) with possession of ammunition by an unlawful or illegal alien.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to More Than Nine Years for Armed Robbery

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza today sentenced Joseph Michael Price (30, Orlando) to nine years and nine months in federal prison for aiding and abetting the robbery of a retail store, and aiding and abetting the use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to that robbery.

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Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years for Bank Robbing Spree

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Todd Michael Vincent (48, Tampa) to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for armed bank robbery.

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Bradenton Man Arrested for Distributing Methamphetamine Disguised as Candy

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Jesus Casteyano, a/k/a Jesus Castellano, a/k/a Jesus Castellano-Andrade (53, Bradenton), with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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Minnesota Sex Offender Sentenced to More Than 31 Years for Traveling to Engage in Sexual Activity with a Minor

TAMPA, FL U.S.District Judge Mary S.Scriven today sentenced Matthew William McLean (26, Minneapolis) to 31 years and 6 months in federal prison for attempting to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and for committing a felony sex offense as a registered sex offender.

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Former Bartow/Plant City Insurance Agent Charged with Fraud

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Heidi Y. Calonge (34) with four counts of bank fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count of mail fraud.

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Miami Couple Sentenced for Operating Clinic to Defraud Medicare

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced a Miami couple today for their roles in operating a sham clinic.

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Illegal Commercial Driver's License Conspiracy Exposed

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Ellariy Medvednik (48, Oviedo), Natalia Dontsova (49, Oviedo), Adrian Salari (44, Orlando), and Clarence Davis (76, Winter Garden) with conspiracy to aid and abet the unlawful production of Florida driver licenses and commercial driver licenses ( ).

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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to 11 Robberies in Georgia and Florida

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Chad Michael Merida (23, Heidrick, Kentucky) today pleaded guilty to interference with commerce by robbery.

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DeLand Man Sentenced to 65 Years for Child Exploitation

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton today sentenced David Jacob William Guite (31, DeLand) to 65 years in federal prison for producing and distributing child pornography.

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Two Former Tampa Police Department Officers Indicted on Tax Fraud and Money Laundering Charges

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging LaJoyce Caldwell Houston (49) and Eric Houston (54) with conspiracy, theft of government property, and money laundering conspiracy.

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Bradenton Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years for Possession and Receipt of Child Pornography

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich has sentenced Stacy Lynn Ivey (38, Bradenton) to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.

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Fort Myers Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Distribution Case

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge John A. Steele has sentenced David E. Judd (35, Ft. Myers) to 72 months in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography.

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Former Bradenton Housing Authority Executive Director Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Federal Funds

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Wenston DeSue (44, Bradenton) to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison for theft of federal funds.

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Former Jail Contract Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison for Identity Theft and Tax Refund Fraud

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Lori Ann Dilworth to two years and one month in federal prison for conspiracy to submit false claims to the IRS and aggravated identity theft.

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Convicted Felon Sentenced to Three Years for Possessing a Firearm

TAMPA, FL Senior U. S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Cory Quintana, aka Corey Quintana, (24, Lakeland) to three years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

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Former Hillsborough County Resident Sentenced to Federal Prison for Role in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Brendan Bolger (41, Chicago, IL) to two years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit bank, wire, and mail fraud.

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Former Telemarketing Manager Sentenced to Federal Prison

ORLANDO, FL Senior U. S. District Judge John Antoon, II has sentenced Tammie Lynn Cline (33, Leominster, MA) to two years and six months in federal prison for her role in the operation of a boiler room.

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Two Orlando Men Federally Indicted on Carjacking Charges

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Orlando residents Dante Askins (18) and Gregory McDonald (18) with carjacking and using a firearm while committing that offense.

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Tampa Man Indicted for Pointing Laser at Tampa Police Department Helicopter

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Mark White (40, Tampa) with knowingly aiming a laser at an aircraft.

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Convicted Felon Sentenced to More Than Eight Years for Illegal Possession of a Firearm in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Patrick Towns (35, Fort Myers) to eight years and four months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Armed Robberies

ORLANDO, FLSenior United States District Judge John Antoon, II has sentenced Joe E.

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Hillsborough County Resident Indicted on Bankruptcy Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging David W. Griffin (44, Lutz) with one count of mail fraud, nine counts of bankruptcy fraud, two counts of making a false statement under oath during a bankruptcy proceeding, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

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World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman) Forfeits More Than $2.7 Million in Lottery Proceeds

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that the World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman) has agreed to forfeit $2,761,910 in lottery proceeds to the United States government.

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Punta Gorda Man Sentenced for Investor Fraud

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced Anthony Michael Defeo (49, Punta Gorda) to nine years and two months in federal prison for wire fraud.

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Brandon Woman Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Cindy Sanchez Carabeo (50, Brandon) has pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

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Former Police Department Employee Indicted for Tax Fraud, Computer Intrusion, and Identity Theft

Tonia Bright was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of obtaining information from a protected computer, and four counts of aggravated identity theft related to her involvement in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

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Brevard County Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Pornography

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Daniel Lester Jackson (34, Brevard County) has pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography.

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Orlando Men Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for String of Armed Robberies

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp has sentenced three Orlando residents for robbery and using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

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Lake Mary Man Convicted of Attempting to Entice Minors for Sex

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Dennis Michael Wilkerson (40, Lake Mary) guilty of two counts of attempting to persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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Deltona Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Andrew Terryll Hudson (51, Deltona) with one count of distributing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.

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Seven Sentenced in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington has sentenced seven individuals for their roles in a conspiracy to commit stolen identity refund fraud in the Tampa Bay area.

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Former Deputy Sentenced to Six Years for Civil Rights Violations and Obstruction of Justice

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell yesterday sentenced Michael J. Ronga (44, Cape Coral) to six years in federal prison for deprivation of civil rights under color of law and obstruction of justice.

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Florida Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty to Orchestrating $9 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

A Tampa, Florida, area investment advisor pleaded guilty today to perpetrating a $9 million investment fraud scheme involving Facebook stock.

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Palm Bay Man Sentenced to More Than Eight Years for Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

ORLANDO, FL U. S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Harley Robert Katzaman (29, Palm Bay) to eight years and six months in federal prison for receipt and possession of child pornography.

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Orlando Man Pleads Guilty to Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Michael Carvalho today pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft.

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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting a Minor for Prostitution

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Ronnie Travis Hall, III (27, Charlotte, NC) today pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with the intent that she engage in prostitution.

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Lake Mary Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

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Fort Myers Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Armed Bank Robbery and Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon

FORT MYERS, FL U. S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Orental James Allen, Jr. (23, Ft. Myers) to 10 years in federal prison for armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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Sanford Man Charged for Circle K Robbery

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the arrest and charge by a federal complaint of Dontreaun Alexander (24, Sanford) with interference of interstate commerce by robbery.

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International Money Launderer Pleads Guilty to His Role in Defrauding Law Firms and Other Scams

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Muhammad Naji (34, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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Colombian Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years for His Role in Cocaine Importation Conspiracy

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Richard Mosquera Mosquera (44, Colombia, South America) to 11 years and three months in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it would be unlawfully imported into the United States.

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Tampa Man Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

TAMPA, FL U. S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Gerrell Houston to 38 months in federal prison for theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.

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Federal Jury Finds Husband and Wife Guilty of Operating a Clinic to Defraud Medicare

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Miami residents Gladys Fuertes (40) and her husband, Mario Fuertes (38), guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and obstructing a health care investigation.

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Orlando Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for Robbing a Credit Union

ORLANDO, FL Chief U. S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Joseph Cotto-Diaz (31, Orlando) to 13 years and five months in federal prison for aiding and abetting a credit union robbery with assault, and aiding and abetting the use and carrying of a firearm during that robbery.

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Hillsborough County Resident Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud Charges and Lying to the Office of the United States Trustee

TAMPA, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that David W. Griffin (44, Lutz) today pleaded guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud and one count of making a false statement under oath during a bankruptcy proceeding.

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North Carolina Man Indicted for Transporting a Minor for the Purpose of Engaging in Prostitution

ORLANDO, FL United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Ronnie Travis Hall, III (27, Charlotte, NC) with transportation of a minor with the intent that she engage in prostitution.

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United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Jacksonville-Based Compounding Pharmacy for More Than $8 Million

JACKSONVILLE, FL U. S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that the United States has settled allegations that a Jacksonville-based compounding pharmacy knowingly billed the government for improper and medically unnecessary compounding pain prescriptions.

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Lee County Man Sentenced to Four Years for Theft of Government Money and Aggravated Identity Theft

Fort Myers, Florida U. S. District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced George Joyner, III (36) to four years in federal prison for theft of government money and aggravated identity theft.

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Two Orlando Men Involved in Carjacking of Federal Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison

Orlando, Florida U. S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced two Orlando men for carjacking and using a firearm while committing that offense.

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Two Florida Residents Charged in Jamaican Lottery Scheme

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Cape Coral Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography

Fort Myers, Florida U. S. District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced Yaisel Rodriguez (25, Cape Coral) to 20 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

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Florida Man Sentenced for Threatening to Firebomb Two Mosques and Shoot Congregants

The Justice Department announced today that Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for calling two mosques in Pinellas County, Florida, and threatening to firebomb them and shoot their worshippers.

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Former Police Department Employee Sentenced for Computer Intrusion in Connection with Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Tampa, FL U. S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington has sentenced Tonia Bright (53, Tampa) to two years in federal prison for obtaining information from a protected computer for a fraudulent purpose.

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Final Two Individuals Sentenced in String of Armed Robberies

Tampa, Florida U. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Samuel Lee Lynch (29, Temple Terrace) to life imprisonment and Reo Thomas Nance (31, Temple Terrace) to 52 years imprisonment for conspiracy, armed robbery, and firearms offenses in connection with five Tampa Bay area armed robberies occurring in March and April of 2015.

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Tampa Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Online Child Exploitation

Andre Eugene Favreau was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for online enticement of a minor and transportation and receipt of child pornography.

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Orlando Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

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Orlando Woman Pleads Guilty to Acting as Illegal Agent of Foreign Government and Conspiring to Commit Money Laundering

Orlando, FL Amin Yu, 54, of Orlando, Florida, pleaded guilty today to acting in the United States as an illegal agent of a foreign government without prior notification to the Attorney General and conspiring to commit international money laundering.

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FBI ASAC Ron Hopper’s Remarks at Press Briefing on Pulse Nightclub Shooting Investigation

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Former Loan Processor Indicted in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

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Orlando Man Indicted for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

Jorge Guerrero-Torres of Orlando was charged with possession of child pornography and production of child pornography.

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Statement Regarding Director Comey’s Visit to Orlando

FBI Director James Comey visited Orlando, Florida today to thank and express admiration to the first responders for their heroism and to those who rendered care that saved lives in the face of the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

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FBI Statement on Orlando Shooting

In May 2016, while following up on an unrelated investigative matter, FBI agents made contact with the Lotus Gunworks.

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Investigative Update Regarding Pulse Nightclub Shooting

ORLANDOIn order to provide an update on the progress of the investigation into the Pulse nightclub shooting, the FBI is releasing an excerpt from the timeline of events inside the Pulse nightclub during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016.

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Bradenton Pastor Convicted of Mortgage Fraud

Bradenton Pastor Nelson Cristiano Machado, Jr. was found guilty of participating in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders.

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Winter Springs Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

Orlando, Florida United States District Judge Carlos Mendoza today sentenced George Adrien Brooks (73, Winter Springs) to 18 years in federal prison for attempting to induce a child to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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Pinellas County Man Convicted of Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and 159 Rounds of Ammunition

Michael W. Kelly, 29, was found guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

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Federal Jury Finds Pasco County Aircraft Mechanic Guilty of Child Exploitation Offenses

Russel Lee Orr, 41, was found guilty of attempted online enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity, attempted production of child pornography, and eight counts of advertising for child pornography.

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Former Corrections Deputy Charged in Bank Heist

Elizabeth Brooks Perkins, 46, was charged with bank robbery and a related firearms offense. If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

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Department of Justice Awards Over $12 Million to Florida Law Enforcement Agencies

The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has awarded $12,351,298 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

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Clermont Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Over $650,000

Robin C. Briere has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for her theft of more than $650,000 from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Florida

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Former Tampa-Area Hospital Employee Sentenced for Stealing Patient Information and Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

Shanakia Benton was sentenced today to three years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of individual identifiable health information and wire fraud.

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Winter Haven Man Convicted of Assaulting Federal Officers and Drug Offenses

Altius Willix, 47, was found guilty of conspiracy, attempted possession of methamphetamine, and assaulting federal officers, inflicting bodily injury.

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Eight Individuals Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Compounding Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

Eight Florida residents were charged for their alleged participation in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme involving prescription compounding pharmacies.

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms All Convictions for Former WellCare Executives

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has affirmed the convictions for all four defendants who stood trial in 2013 in the case of United States v. Peter Clay et al.

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Fort Myers Urologist Agrees to Pay $250,000 for Ordering Unnecessary Medical Tests

Robert A. Scappa, D.O. has agreed to pay $250,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by causing claims to be submitted to federal health care programs for laboratory tests that were not medically necessary.

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Cape Coral Man Sentenced to Three Years for Credit Card Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Henry Alberto Fernandez Gomez (30, Cape Coral) was sentenced to three years in federal prison for access device (credit card) fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Member of 'Youngtorture' Group Sentenced to Seven Years for Child Pornography Distribution and Possession

Kevin Edward Schoffman, a member of the Youngtorture group, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for distribution and possession of child pornography.

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Unlawful Alien Sentenced for Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

Hamid Mohamed Ahmed Ali Rehaif sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm and ammunition by an unlawful alien.

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Cape Coral Man Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Edrey Santo Rojas pleaded guilty to access device (credit card) fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft.

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Winter Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Mortgage Loan

Stevie McDonald (41, Winter Haven) has pleaded guilty to making false statements in a mortgage loan application.

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Pasco County Men Charged in Cross Burning

William A. Dennis and Thomas Herris Sigler, III charged with conspiracy to interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their housing rights.

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Cape Coral Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Defrauding Her Former Company of $1.1 Million

Junipher Sayers, formerly an accounts payable clerk at Tigrent Inc., has been sentenced to three years for defrauding her former employer of $1.1 million.

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United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Compound Pharmacy Owners for $7.75 Million

Andy Miller, Tracy Miller and the Healthmark Investment Trust have agreed to pay to the government $7.75 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.

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