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Todd Stephens and Stacy CliettTodd Stephens and Stacy Cliett of Palm Beach, Florida were arrested last week for allegedly stealing art worth over $10 million from a home in Lantana. Stephens, 52, and Cleitt, 43, face charges for grand theft over $100,000. Court records show that they were both released from Palm Beach County jail on September 24 after they each posted a $15,000 bail. News sources did not name attorneys for the pair.

According to the police report, Cliett and Stephens allegedly stole “millions of dollars” worth of art from an unnamed Lantana homeowner who was romantically involved with Cliett. The victim of the alleged theft reported the incident to police on September 20.

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Clifford Carroll of Boca Raton, Florida, was arrested on Thursday for his alleged involvement as the ringleader of a group that defrauded over $175 million from medical insurance companies. Carroll, 36, and 16 other residents and medical professionals of Broward and Palm Beach counties allegedly prepared and sold specialty prescription creams to patients at inflated prices.

Carroll faces charges for filing a false income tax return and racketeering conspiracy. Seven other suspects—Tim Clinton, Lisa Goldberg, Todd Hanson, Joel McDermott, Todd Stephens, Joel McDermott, and Michael Kenna—face charges for conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The remaining nine—Ian Flaster, Dr. John Johnson, William Earl, Rhett Gordon, Frederick Giampa, Brett Nadel, Christopher Mucha, Kyle O’Brien, and Peter Williams—are being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud. News sources did not name attorneys for any of the defendants.

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Ashley-Ann Eathel Frazer of Pembroke Pines, Florida was arrested on 7 July for her alleged involvement in a sweepstakes scam that collectively cost four women $240,000. Frazer, 26, faces charges for money laundering, obtaining property by fraud, and exploitation of the elderly. Bond for Frazer is set at $250,000, and she is required to provide proof that the source of her bond is legitimate. Frazer told the judge at her bond hearing that she intends to hire a private attorney to represent her.

According to the police report, four women from Hawaii, Oregon, California, and Texas were told they had won a car from Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes by an unidentified stranger who was ”very smooth” on the phone. The women, one of whom is over 80 years old, were told they had to pay delivery fees and taxes if they wanted to receive their prize. Believing the scam, the four women collectively sent $240,000 to the scammer and received nothing in return.

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Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez of Miami, Florida was arrested and faces marijuana trafficking, money laundering, and other state charges after Miami-Dade police reportedly found $24 million hidden in his walls in what is being called the “largest single cash seizure” in the county’s history. Due to the large sums of cash found in his home, a judge ordered Hernandez-Gonzalez be held in lieu of a $4 million bond. The judge also stipulated that he can only post bail with “clean” money.

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Sharon DopwellSharon Dopwell of Margate, Florida was arrested last week and faces grand theft and money laundering charges after allegedly wiring almost $90,000 to her bank account while posing as the owner of a West Palm Beach car dealership. Dopwell was released after posting $8,500 bond. It is unclear if she has acquired the services of an attorney.

According to the arrest report, Dopwell, 52, purportedly posed as the owner of Mullinax Ford to  get the money. The press did not specify how, if at all, Dopwell is associated with Mullinax Ford, or why the head accounting controller kept sending large sums of money to someone unaffiliated with the company.

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