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White Collar Crimes Archives

Florida man sentenced in wire fraud case

The owner and operator of a Florida investment firm received a sentence of five years in federal prison on October 17 on fraud charges. Federal prosecutors claim the man was involved in a conspiracy with others to defraud investors, which allowed them to accumulate approximately $6 million.

Criminal charges are pending for a former financial analyst

A former employee of Amazon is being charged with illegal insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission . Financial analysts in the Tampa area should pay close attention to the case and the legal issues of disclosing nonpublic information to third parties.

Man wanted for identity theft taken into custody

On Sept. 5, a Florida man who has been wanted for years for allegedly stealing credit card information was taken into custody. The man, age 34, was recognized by a store employee as he was shopping at a Deltona Wal-Mart located near the State Road 415 and Howland Boulevard.

Former Florida lawmaker convicted of wire fraud

A former member of the Florida House of Representatives faces significant time behind bars after being found guilty of wire fraud related to his violations of campaign finance laws. Dwayne Taylor was elected in 2008 and spent eight years in Tallahassee before stepping down because of term limits. He was charged with nine counts of wire fraud in March, and he was found guilty in a federal court on Aug. 31. The 49-year-old former legislator faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each count. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 16.

Health care fraud sentence

A Florida physician who was charged with health care fraud has been sentenced to a year in prison. The 60-year-old physician must also pay more than $1 million in restitution and $1,134,000 in fines. The court mandated that more than $1 million must be forfeited to the federal government. She must also serve three years under a supervised release and perform 1,200 hours of community service. She was convicted of 162 counts of health care fraud.

Florida teen sentenced to prison for unemployment scam

In late July, a federal court in Miami handed a 54-month prison sentence to a 19-year old man convicted of defrauding individuals, banks, credit card companies, and the state unemployment insurance fund. According to court records, he used a complex system of identity theft to pull off various online scams that totaled more than $1 million in losses. The stolen identities came from a database kept by the Florida Department of Employment. Investigators obtained the IP address used during the data heist and used this information to carry out the arrest.

Florida administrator accused of involvement in fraud scheme

A state health care administrator is accused of taking bribes to assist in a Medicare fraud scheme. A nursing home owner allegedly orchestrated a $1 billion health fraud. The 66-year-old administrator made just over $31,000 annually at her job, where she oversaw inspections at nursing home facilities. The owner of the nursing homes was a wealthy 48-year-old businessman who owns numerous facilities in Florida.

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