Firefighter In Polk County Arrested For FraudOn Tuesday, February 1, 2022, the Polk county Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Desmond James Walker II of Haines City on fraud charges. He electronically deposited a county payroll check into his bank account and then, a day later, cashed the check at an Amscot store.
Former Pharmacy Executive Pleads Guilty To $88 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting Military Health Care ProgramsA Palm Beach County, Florida man has pleaded guilty to his role in a multi-million-dollar conspiracy to defraud Tricare and CHAMPVA through a South Florida compounding pharmacy fraud scheme.
South Florida Man Charged With Covid-19 Relief FraudA Florida man charged with fraudulently obtaining COVID-19 relief loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) made his first appearance on December 29 in federal magistrate court in Ft. Lauderdale.
Sarasota Doctor Arrested For Prescription And Insurance FraudMichael Dattoli, 64, of Anna Maria, has been arrested and is facing multiple charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, criminal use of personal identification information, and false and fraudulent insurance claims.  Dattoli was arrested by Sarasota Police officers on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
Former NFL Players Sentenced For COVID-19 Relief FraudA former National Football League (NFL) player was sentenced Friday to 37 months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining over $1.2 million through a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Florida Man Guilty Of Wire FraudStephen M. Alford, 62, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud related to his attempt to illegally obtain $25 million, purportedly in exchange for securing a Presidential Pardon. The plea was announced by Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Medical Biller Guilty Of Healthcare FraudJoshua Maywalt (40, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to four counts of healthcare fraud, four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of filing a false federal income tax return, and two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns.
Florida Man Guilty Of Wire FraudStephen M. Alford, 62, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, pled guilty today to one count of wire fraud related to his attempt to illegally obtain $25 million, purportedly in exchange for securing a Presidential Pardon. The plea was announced by Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Six Defendants Indicted For FraudVikas Mehta, Walter Valdivia, Pradip Parikh, Jaime Salas, Alpesh Patel, and Darash Shah have been indicted for wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy, and money laundering.
Counseling Center Owner And Provider Sentenced For Medicaid Fraud, Conspiracy, False Statements, And Identity TheftJason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida announced the sentencings of Stephanie Lynn Fleming, 43, and Helen Elizabeth Storey, 39, both of Waldorf, Maryland, and both formerly of Tallahassee, Florida. Fleming was sentenced to a total of three years and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Storey was sentenced to a total of two years and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
Tallahassee Doctor Sentenced For Committing Health Care Fraud Dr. Moses de-Graft Johnson, 47, a dual citizen of the United States and Ghana, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison, for committing health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and aggravated identity theft.