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pexels-photo-753619-300x169The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has announced that a Jacksonville man accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma was indicted this week.

Deontre Javan Taylor, 26, was charged with disaster assistance fraud and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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pexels-photo-544966-300x200Police in Haines City, FL, have identified the construction worker killed after a concrete wall collapsed on him at a construction site in Polk County.

According to the Haines City Police Department, the collapse occurred just after 10 a.m. on January 17 at the site of a retail center near the intersection of Davenport Boulevard and U.S. 27. The construction worker who was killed was identified as 49-year-old Martin Loera of Bartow.

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pexels-photo-1719490-300x200A Pennsylvania family has filed a lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) after the agency seized $82,373 in cash at Pittsburgh airport because it considers large amounts of cash to be “suspicious.”

The money, which was stored in a Tupperware container, was Terrence Rolin’s life savings. The 79-year-old retired railroad engineer was worried about keeping so much cash on hand, so he asked his daughter, Rebecca Brown, to open a joint bank account and deposit the money.

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pexels-photo-753619-300x169Two Florida women were indicted last week for allegedly filing fraudulent applications for relief funding for damages caused by Hurricane Irma in separate cases, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida announced.

Bernita Willette Carswell of Jacksonville and Deannajo White of Suwannee County were both charged with disaster assistance fraud. New sources didn’t name attorneys for the two women.

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pexels-photo-3059854-300x225A Miami man was arrested on federal charges for his alleged involvement in a $1.5 million fraud scheme that targeted the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced this week.

Edwin Jim Garcia-Albarracin of Miami was charged with 10 counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of mail fraud, and 12 counts of money laundering. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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