Florida Man Known As “The Monkey Whisperer” Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Protected PrimatesUnited States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, also known as “the Monkey Whisperer” (57, Parrish), today pleaded guilty to having violated the Endangered Species Act and Lacy Act in connection with a conspiracy to sell a protected primate to a celebrity client in California. Hammonds faces a maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Tampa Man Guilty To Distributing Fentanyl And HeroinNicholas Primo, 35, of Tampa has pleaded guilty to distributing a substance that contained a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. Primo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
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.
Princess Cruise Lines Guilty Of Second Revocation Of ProbationPrincess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) has pleaded guilty to a second violation of probation imposed as a result of its 2017 criminal conviction for environmental crimes because it failed to establish and maintain an independent internal investigative office. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Princess was ordered to pay an additional $1 million criminal fine and required to undertake remedial measures to ensure that it and its parent Carnival Cruise Lines & plc establish and maintain the independent internal investigative office known as the Incident Analysis Group (IAG).
Bradenton Man Guilty Of Manufacturing Counterfeit CurrencyAnthony Wayne Smith (58, Bradenton) has pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit currency. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 6, 2022.
Tampa Woman Guilty Of Conspiracy To Distribute CocaineA federal jury has found Nicole Diaz (35, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 2022.
Former Florida Election Commission Attorney Guilty To Conspiracy And Distribution Of Child PornographyEric Matthew Lipman, 59, of Tallahassee, Florida, pled guilty today to conspiring to distribute, receive, and possess material constituting child pornography, and distributing material constituting child pornography. Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the guilty plea.
Tampa Man Guilty Of Money LaunderingSebastian Visicaro (62, Trinity) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Miami Jury Convicts Man Who Kidnapped And Tortured VictimThis week, a federal jury in Miami returned a guilty verdict against 56-year-old Serge Nkorina, a man who kidnapped a victim at gunpoint and later tortured him inside a storage container with a blow torch.    
Couple Found Guilty For Murdering Government WitnessFollowing eight days of trial in federal court, David Chappell Fey (57, Belleview) and Shari Lynn Gunter (58, Ocklawaha) have each been found guilty as charged for the murder of a government witness.
Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty For Distribution Of Methamphetamine And FentanylDaytona Beach drug trafficker, Maxwell A. Vega, pled guilty today in federal court in Ft. Pierce to one count of distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of fentanyl.