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By The Dispatch On Monday, February 18th, 2019
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South Florida Securities Lawyer Sentenced to 7 Years for Securities Fraud Scheme

A Boca Raton attorney was sentenced today to 84 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution of $19.7 million to 2,156 investors, after previously being convicted by a federal jury of 33 counts of conspiracy, More...

By The Dispatch On Saturday, February 16th, 2019
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Bakersfield Man, Earl John Velasquez Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Florida Woman

Earl John Velasquez, 23, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to stalking, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. According to the plea agreement, between January and June 2018, Velasquez used various cellphones More...

By The Dispatch On Saturday, February 16th, 2019
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Patel Conservatory presents FREE Camp-a-palooza

Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents Camp-a-palooza on Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event will be located at the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center.  This FREE More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
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School Police Officer, Ronnier Williams Sentenced for Filing a False Income Tax Return

On February 6, 2019, a former Palm Beach County School Police Officer was sentenced federally for filing a false income tax return. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
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Dan Lounsbury and Andres Lopez-Munoz Convicted of Selling Falsely Labeled Body Armor to U.S. Government

A federal jury convicted two Florida men yesterday on charges of conspiracy, making false claims on the United States government, and wire fraud. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Dan Thomas More...

By The Dispatch On Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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Chinese National, Zhao Qianli Sentenced for Illegal Photography of U.S. Naval Installation in Key West, Florida

A People’s Republic of China (PRC) foreign national was sentenced to prison today for illegal photography of the U.S. Naval Air Station Key West, Joint Interagency Task Force, South (JIATF-South). Ariana Fajardo More...

By The Dispatch On Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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Members Of Violent Robbery Organization Sentenced for Robberies in Florida

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Shamar Lajuan Thomas (26, Clearwater), a/k/a “Baby,” to 35 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and using or carrying More...

By Taylor Reed On Thursday, February 7th, 2019
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MegaCon 2019: Michael J Fox, ‘Back to the Future’ cast set for Meet and Greet

Fan Expo has announced more additions for the upcoming Orlando Conention that will infuse excitement and overwhelming nostalgia for fans everywhere. Joining the already phenomenal headliners, ‘Back to the Future’ More...

By The Dispatch On Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
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Fort Pierce Resident, Charlton LaChase Sentenced to Prison for ISIS Related Threats

A Fort Pierce resident was sentenced to prison yesterday for making ISIS related threats. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal More...

By The Dispatch On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
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Orlando Man, Andres Fernandez Charged with $25 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

On January 16, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Andres Fernandez (37, Orlando) with 12 counts of wire fraud. If convicted, Fernandez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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Miami Police Department Officer, Schonton Harris Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking

Former City of Miami Police Officer Schonton Harris pleaded guilty for her involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy. Schonton Harris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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Former Miramar Police Department Employee, Brian Chen in Custody on Fraud Charges

Brian M. Chen, 39, of Weston, Florida, a former Information Technology Analyst with the police department for the city of Miramar, Florida, was charged in an Information with three counts of mail fraud, in violation More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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FBI Announces the Arrest of, Jason Robinson an Alleged Aventura Bank Robber

The FBI announces the arrest of Jason Lee Robinson, 49, of Pikeville, Kentucky, on federal bank robbery charges for his alleged involvement in the robbery of a Capital Bank branch at 20295 NE 29th PL, Aventura, More...

By The Dispatch On Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
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Florida: Suntrust mass shooting victims killed by Zephen Xaver

The small Sebring Florida community gathered Sunday to hold a vigil to honor those killed in the Suntrust mass shooting. As the rain poured down, the service moved indoors, using cell phone lights instead of candles. More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
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Two Department of Parks and Recreation Employees Plead Guilty on Fraud Charges

Two individuals, including a City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department employee, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom in Miami. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern More...

By The Dispatch On Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
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Florida Man, Christopher Warren Pleads Guilty in $28 Million Solar Farm Ponzi Scheme

Christopher B. Warren, 50, of Anthony, Florida pleaded guilty Friday to one count of mail fraud and one count of securities fraud for operating a $28 million Ponzi scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Florida Man sentenced for Fraud Charges Involving Gas station skimmers

Yarai Fuentes Quinones, of Hialeah, Florida, was sentenced today to 36 months incarceration for his involvement with a gas station skimming fraud scheme, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Quinones, age More...

By The Dispatch On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Jeffrey Noel, Herichie Paul, Awetu Megersa Sentenced for Four Carjackings in Florida

U.S. District Judge Paul Byron has sentenced Jeffrey Noel (25, Orlando), Herichie Paul (21, Orlando), and Awetu Megersa (23, Orlando) to 25, 16, and 13 years in federal prison, respectively, for carjacking and possessing More...

By The Dispatch On Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Advertising Executive, Gary Smith Sentenced to 40 Years for Fraud Scheme

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich today sentenced Gary Todd Smith (49, Fayetteville, North Carolina) to 40 years in federal prison for wire fraud and More...

By The Dispatch On Monday, December 10th, 2018
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‘Manche Boy Mafia’ Member, Reginald Black Convicted of 30 Counts of Fraud

U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has found Reginald Lee Black, Jr. (26, Tampa) guilty of 30 counts of fraud, including 1 count of conspiracy, 27 counts of credit card fraud, and 2 counts of aggravated identity More...


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