A 37-year-old woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for her role in a tax fraud scheme that netted her $135,000. An investigation on the scheme, named Operation Zig Zag, was launched after VyStar Credit Union contacted authorities about irregularities in refund checks that had been cashed at the institution. The investigation began in May of 2012 and was a collaboration between the Secret Service, the IRS and the State Attorney's Office.
A plea agreement in the case of a Tampa man accused of defrauding would-be investors holds that the man will pay restitution to his alleged victims; the man is the defendant in three pending federal cases in both criminal and civil court. The 34-year-old man and a conspirator allegedly offered investors the services of a day trading firm, attempting to attract investors with the promise of low fees. Federal authorities accuse the pair of defrauding customers out of $473,742, of which some $181,000 was withdrawn in cash.
On June 19, a South Florida man entered a guilty plea to charges stemming from a substantial Medicare fraud scheme. Authorities allege that the man acted as a patient recruiter in a scam that resulted in more than $200 million in fraudulent claims.
A civil lawsuit has been brought against the founder of a hedge fund advisory firm and against his company by the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is alleged that investors have been defrauded of more than $17 million. The suit claims that this occurred as the money in question was transferred to another company that is involved in consultation and investment. There was reportedly no disclosure to investors. An additional issue in the fraud case is that the information about the transaction was allegedly hidden from accounting documents.
On May 23, a Miami-Dade judge dismissed fraud and theft charges against a well-known Miami civic leader. The charges stemmed from an incident in 2007 when the man was accused of taking $150,000 in public funds to pay for a watermelon statue for his own personal use. The 72-year-old public servant had been facing grand theft and fraud charges.
Federal law enforcement officials have charged a Florida man with running a Ponzi scheme operation for about six years, allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars from investors.
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Facing charges related to Medicare fraud or other types of white collar crime can be very frightening for any person in that position. People may not have even realized they were under investigation when the police show up with handcuffs and a warrant for their arrest. However, as scary as this situation can be, people should try to remain calm and avoid making any statements or dramatic decisions until they have spoken to a lawyer.
People who are accused of non-violent, financial crimes often do not set out to do anything wrong. In fact, many times, a person makes an accounting or bank error that goes undiscovered. This may give the impression that the act can be repeated without consequence. After some time, a person can find themselves in the middle of a very bad situation. The recent arrest of a woman in Florida for charges including aggravated white collar crime, grand theft and fraud may be a good illustration of just how deeply someone can get involved in criminal misconduct before they are ultimately investigated and charged.
Bribery, high-end electronics, luxury hotel rooms and millions of dollars: It sounds like a plot for an espionage action movie, but it isn’t fiction. It is a real case currently playing out in federal court. And, to add another twist, it involves the U.S. Navy and government contracts.