FDLE agents today arrested three suspects of an illegal ring that opened new bank accounts for the purpose of cashing fraudulent checks, which totaled more than $30,000. [Read more…] about FDLE agents bust ring that netted thousands in fraudulent activity
Michael Todd Watters, 48, formerly of 409 Caballero Road, Ocoee, was arrested recently in Georgia on a warrant stemming from an identity fraud investigation conducted by FDLE agents. [Read more…] about FDLE Investigation Leads to Arrest on 22 Charges of Identity Fraud
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office today arrested Sammy Hamilton, 84, a former mayor of Everglades City, of 316 N. Storter Ave, for one count of grand theft and 16 counts of official misconduct.
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
After a two-month investigation that crossed county lines, the Fruitland Park Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement secured arrest warrants for three suspects in the murder of Scott Behney, who was killed on April 10th in Fruitland Park, Lake County. Behney, a resident of Pennsylvania, had been in the Orlando area for several months. [Read more…] about Fruitland Park PD, FDLE arrest three suspects on murder charges
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.
Five to be honored at Tallahassee event
Current and former law enforcement officers from throughout Florida will be honored tomorrow at the Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Tallahassee.
The 2018 inductees are:
Robert E. Blackburn, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office;
Donald F. Eslinger, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office;
Ernest W. George, West Palm Beach Police Department;
Frederick A. Maas, Sunny Isles Beach Police Department; and
James W. Smith, Miami Beach Police Department
What: The Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Who: FDLE Assistant Commissioner Jennifer Pritt will preside over the ceremony
When: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Where: Florida Capitol, Pat Thomas Committee Room 412, Knott Building
Address: 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee
The Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame was created by the 2014 Florida Legislature to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of Florida’s citizens and visitors through their works, service and exemplary accomplishments.