FDLE agents arrested Amber Wing, 51, of 1301 Race Car Aly, Bonifay and Ginny Cooper, 43, of 1574 N. Highway 79, Bonifay for grand theft. [Read more…] about FDLE arrests two Bonifay women for stealing money from Council on Aging
FDLE agents have arrested Travis Kendall Lockamy, 30, of 633 Stillview Circle in Brandon, on four counts related to the online sexual exploitation of children. [Read more…] about FDLE agents arrest Brandon man for online sexual exploitation of children
FDLE agents arrested Merrick Smith, 24, of 107 Blackfoot Road, Crawfordville for nine counts of possession and one count of transmission of child pornography. [Read more…] about FDLE arrests Wakulla County man for possession and transmission of child pornography
FDLE Agents arrested State Correctional Probation Officer Jeffrey Thomas Desimone, 40, for sexual misconduct with an offender under his supervision. Desimone was arrested yesterday evening, without incident, at the Florida Department of Corrections Probation Office, located at 1501 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs, Florida. [Read more…] about FDLE arrests probation officer for sexual misconduct
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Sergio Guerrero, 41, of 37402 Hobby Way, Lady Lake, on 10 counts of possession of child pornography. [Read more…] about FDLE arrests Lady Lake man on 10 counts of child pornography
FDLE arrested Tavaress Montriel Thomas, 30, of 405 S.E. Mill Street, Mayo, Florida, for one count of organized scheme to defraud over $50,000. [Read more…] about FDLE arrests man for organized scheme to defraud in role as caretaker
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Cybercrime unit arrested today David Maurice Nye, 52, of 1068 Eagles Nest Ave., Deltona, on 14 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of promotion of child pornography. [Read more…] about FDLE Agents arrest Deltona sex offender on 14 counts of child pornography
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested two Pasco County residents on racketeering charges related to theft of more than $480,000 from an elderly victim.
Chet Alan Ragsdale, 45, of 5621 Sea Turtle Court in New Port Richey, faces racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, 28 counts of grand theft, money laundering, 25 counts of forgery, 25 counts of uttering a forged instrument, and dealing in stolen property. Barbara DiCioccio, 52, of the same address, faces charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, 25 counts of grand theft and money laundering. Ragsdale and DiCioccio are not legally married but live together as a couple.
In April 2017, FDLE agents launched an investigation after a complaint was filed with the Office of Statewide Prosecution for grand theft. During the investigation, agents learned Ragsdale and DiCioccio worked for the victim. Both had access to the victim’s bank records and accounts. DiCioccio was entrusted with bookkeeping responsibilities.
The investigation revealed several checks made payable to the victim had been deposited into Ragsdale’s account and a joint account he had with DiCioccio. Agents determined DiCioccio would open the mail and give the checks to Ragsdale, who would ask the victim to endorse the checks. The victim believed the checks were being deposited in her bank account but they were not.
Ragsdale and DiCioccio used the money to purchase real estate. Other money was used to pay for credit cards and personal expenses.
Both were taken to the Pasco County Jail . Ragsdale has a bond of $2 million; Dicioccio’s bond is $1.1 million. The Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute.
An Iowa man has been arrested by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office based on an affidavit filed by FDLE agents for felony grand theft.
Michael Lane Tolan, 24, of 909 2nd Avenue South, Estherville, IA, was taken into custody by deputies and will be extradited to Seminole County to face the felony grand theft charge, which stems from more than $50,000 in illegitimate sneaker, sportswear and car purchases.
An investigation was launched after FDLE received information from the Lantana Police Department that Tolan had stolen from car dealerships and retail stores throughout the state. The investigation revealed Tolan went to several Orlando area locations of a retail chain and made more than $33,000 in illegitimate purchases of sneakers and clothing.
The investigation also revealed that Tolan fraudulently purchased two used cars at separate dealerships. In some transactions, Tolan manipulated the credit card machine causing it to generate a receipt even though the purchase wasn’t valid. Other fraudulent purchases included used cars and a hotel stay.
The Lantanta Police Department and the Daytona Beach Police Department assisted in the investigation.
Tolan is being held on a no-bond status pending extradition. The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, assisted by Homeland Security Investigation-Miami, today arrested Jonathan Fabian Fernandez, 18, of 13700 NE 1st Ave, Miami, for violations of a no-bond felony arrest warrant for exploitation of a minor.
In late 2017, an investigator with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina discovered that Fernandez was sharing child pornography images through the internet with an 11-year old girl and engaging in sexual acts online.
FDLE, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigation-Miami, conducted a search warrant today related to child pornography at his residence in Miami, Florida.
Fernandez was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center pending his extradition to South Carolina. Additional Florida charges are dependent upon completion of computer forensic exams and if determined, will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit.