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pexels-andrea-piacquadio-3768172-300x200An Estero couple who runs a local tutoring business has been indicted in a conspiracy scheme accusing them of attempting to defraud Florida’s teacher testing and certification process.

Kathleen M. Jasper, 42, and Jeremy M. Jasper, 40, both of Estero, are charged with racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 108 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, and three counts of theft of trade secrets. The press did not name an attorney for them.

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tingey-injury-law-firm-yCdPU73kGSc-unsplash-300x200Stacy Jones of Tampa, Florida was stripped of more than $40,000 cash at a North Carolina airport in 2020 when TSA agents didn’t believe it was legally hers. The accused said she often traveled with cash on gambling trips, as there is no law limiting how much cash travelers can carry on flights in the US. This time, though, the cash was turned over to DEA agents with no one ever accusing her of doing anything illegal.

This law enforcement practice is called civil asset forfeiture. Using it, TSA and DEA agents can seize money or property from citizens without any reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Most of the confiscated money ends up in the coffers of state governments and is never returned to its owner.

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pexels-aaron-schwartz-1093645-300x200Three family members from Ocala, FL, have been sentenced for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of over $300,000.

Miller Wilson Jr., 50, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud as well as solicitation and receipt of a health care kickback. His wife, 43-year-old Erica Wilson, was sentenced to five years of probation for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud.

The couple’s daughter, Myoshi Wilson, 26, had previously been sentenced to five years’ probation for making false statements to law enforcement. She was arrested on a violation of that probationary sentence on November 4, 2020, and was re-sentenced for six months imprisonment, followed by 30 months of supervised release, for violation of probation.

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pexels-karolina-grabowska-4386466-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has announced charges against a Tampa medical biller accused of using his position to fraudulently bill Medicaid for millions of dollars worth of services that were never provided.

Joshua Maywalt, 40, is charged with four counts of health care fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft. Attorney information was not available at the time of writing.

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pexels-john-guccione-wwwadvergroupcom-3564390-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced the arrest of a Fort Lauderdale high school basketball coach accused of defrauding a COVID-19 relief program out of almost $1 million.

Terrence Deshun Williams, 40, of Tamarac, FL, was charged with money laundering, bank fraud, engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds, and making false statements to a financial institution. He was released on $350,000 bond, sources indicate. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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