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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.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andru Rae’sion Reed, 21, on offenses against intellectual property and offenses against users of computer systems, both third degree felonies, after the Florida Department of Revenue reported external hard drives had been stolen.
FDLE began its investigation in late March at the request of the Department of Revenue. On March 30, agents spoke with Reed at his home, 1834 Jackson Bluff Road, Tallahassee and located four external hard drives.
The four hard drives contained confidential taxpayer information. Reed indicated that he had connected the hard drives to his Xbox to download video games without knowing what was on the hard drives. At this time in the investigation, it appears that the information on the hard drives was not used or further shared, but computer forensic examinations continue.
Reed was arrested this morning at his home without incident and booked into the Leon County Jail. The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd judicial circuit, will prosecute this case.
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Jesus Riol, 45, of 8619 Cottonway Lane, Tampa, on 100 counts of child pornography and 5 counts of transmission of child pornography.
During an investigation launched in the Fall of 2017, agents identified a residence in Tampa suspected of distributing child pornography. A subpoena was issued for the account and further investigation showed several file names consistent with child pornography. Upon executing a search warrant at the home, investigators conducted a forensic analysis of several electronic devices and found more than 1,100 files containing images or videos with child pornography. Most of the files were of infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults.
Riol was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail on a $787,500 bond. He will be prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Cybercrime Task Force today arrested Carlos Rodriguez-Fernandez, 47, of 5509 Bryson Drive, Orlando, on 6 counts of possession of child pornography.
During an investigation of files suspected of child pornography, agents discovered an IP address in March advertising hundreds of files of known or suspected child pornography. Agents determined the IP address was associated with the Bryson Drive address where Rodriguez-Fernandez resides. During the execution of a search warrant, agents conducted a forensic preview of digital devices and found evidence of child pornography.
Rodriguez-Fernandez was taken to the Orange County Jail on a no-bond status. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, 9th Judicial Circuit.
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested 18-year-old Kyrston Jackson, of 12512 Kings Crossing Dr., Gibsonton, on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
The investigation was launched after FDLE agents received a cyber tip about more than 150 videos being uploaded to a file hosting service on the Internet. The cyber tip revealed that the videos depicted child pornography. The videos were of children under the age of 12. After several subpoenas and search warrants, agents determined Jackson was the user of the account. He was arrested at his home.
Jackson was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail on a $75,000 bond. The Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.