The indictment names former Lynn Haven City Manager Michael Edward White, 46; Lynn Haven Community Services Director David Wayne Horton, 55; Erosion Control Specialists (ECS) owner David Mitchelle White, 38; Greenleaf Lawn Care of Bay County owner Joshua Daniel Anderson, 43; and Shannon Delores Rodriguez, 37.
29 current and former federal, state, and local officials were indicted by a federal grand jury in Tallahassee, FL, last week for allegedly actively working to defraud the government and taxpayers of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The scheme was allegedly orchestrated by a County Executive Director of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, who is accused of stealing federal drought assistance funds and covering up his actions through identity theft, tax evasion, and other federal crimes with a criminal network of almost 30 people.
An executive of a trucking business based in Florida has pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud for his part in a scheme to defraud the United States Postal Service (USPS) by avoiding paying for workers’ compensation insurance and other benefits for his employees.
Alexei Rivero, age 46, was vice president of Florida Carrier and Brokerage Service Inc., a company which had contracts with the USPS to haul mail. According to court documents, Rivero “was authorized to sign any and all legal documents on Florida Carrier’s behalf.” The contracts with the USPS were entered into between July 2007 and December 2012.
A business owner in Newberry, Florida has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for his part in a tax fraud scheme. The scheme also involved avoiding paying workers’ compensation insurance, as well as harboring immigrants who were in the country without permission.
Mac Johnson, age 51, is owner of three companies—Mac Johnson Roofing Inc., Mac Johnson and Sons Dumpster and Crane, and Johnson and Sons Tree Service. The Florida Department of Financial Services—Workers’ Compensation Compliance Division made several visits to the work sites of Johnson’s companies. Investigators learned that, apart from the foreman, Johnson’s employees neither spoke English nor possessed any personal identification.
Between 2011 and 2013, John R. Cacaro, age 59, owned and operated Employers Choice Plus LLC, a payroll processing company. Employers Choice Plus also made workers’ compensation premium payments on behalf of their clients.