One of the individuals arrested was Bay County Commissioner Keith Baker, who is the owner of Tri-State Climate Solutions LLC. Baker faces charges of workers’ compensation fraud, bid tampering, and official misconduct. He was booked into Bay County Jail. Attorney information wasn’t available at the time of writing.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has announced charges against three Tampa Bay-area men accused of conspiring to defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and making false statements regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Ghasan Awad of Safety Harbor, Bassam Al Saleh of Tampa, and Ahmad Al Saleh of Tampa are charged with conspiracy to defraud USDA and making false statements to the USDA regarding SNAP. Awad also faces charges of wire fraud and obtaining SNAP benefits in violation of federal statutes. The Al Salehs each face three counts of making certain false statements to the USDA. It is unclear if any of the three has acquired legal representation.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced the indictment of Jamilla Ciar Hall of Tallahassee, FL, for allegedly using her job to fraudulently obtain $42,000 from Florida Prepaid College Program account holders. Hall, 30, faces charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. The press release did not say if she has retained legal representation.
The indictment claims the mail fraud and identity theft occurred between July 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. Hall was an employee of Intuition College Savings Solutions (ICSS), which was contracted by the Florida Prepaid College Board to provide records administration services and customer service for the Florida Prepaid College Program—a state initiative that provides families with affordable savings plans for their children’s college tuition.
Clark, 59, is accused of conspiracy, bankruptcy fraud, and defrauding his clients of over $1 million. He was charged with conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, bankruptcy fraud, falsification of records in a bankruptcy proceeding, and wire fraud. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.