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Cindy Laraine Clark, 54, of Oxford told the Department of Children and Families on multiple occasions between July 2015 and July 2016 that she was unemployed, according to court documents.
In reality, Clark was working for a home health care company based in The Villages, where she was paid $133,191.17 from September 2015 to December 2016, court documents stated.
As a result, investigators concluded that she was not legally eligible to receive $7,015 in food stamp benefits she collected from October 2015 through December 2016.
Clark was arrested March 10 and booked into the Sumter County jail on a third-degree felony charge of welfare fraud, jail records show. She is currently free on $2,000 bond.
According to Orlando’s WFTV-TV, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis did not mince words in a statement responding to the case:
“Public assistance fraud steals from Floridians who need it most and anyone who tries to game the system will be arrested and held accountable. This criminal knowingly took money that could have otherwise gone to a Florida family in need. It’s disgusting and unacceptable.”
“Public assistance fraud steals from Floridians who need it most and anyone who tries to game the system will be arrested and held accountable. This criminal knowingly took money that could have otherwise gone to a Florida family in need. It’s disgusting and unacceptable.
In this episode we have some pretty hard core show notes from Phoenix Calida and we use them to make it very clear.
Citrus Heights, CA- Police arrested a man they say tried to break into a business through the chimney, got stuck, and called 911 for a rescue. Sacramento Metro Fire Crews used a special tripod device to pull the suspect, Jesse Berube, out of the chimney. According to police, Berube, 32, was allegedly attempting to rob a business in Citrus Heights and thought he could slide in through the chimney. But once he tried, he found himself stuck on Wednesday with no way out on his own, police said.
Berube was reportedly able to move just enough to reach his phone and dial 911. Berube was removed from the tight space uninjured but now faces one count of burglary, police said.
The business owner Loree LaMoureaux says she’s glad no one was hurt, and thinks it makes for a great Christmas story. “There’s lots of room for Santa but it’s got to be the right Santa and not the criminal Santa,” said LaMoureaux.
Authorities referred to the man as a “criminal Santa” but said he “does not have the same skills as the real deal.”
An Ohio man enlisted his 4-year-old son to racially harass their 70-year-old neighbor, according to police.
Keirian Kelly allegedly threatened to stab the black woman several times over the last three months at their downtown Cleveland apartment building, reported Cleveland.com.
The threats started in July, when the woman said she accidentally fell into Kelly’s wife in the lobby of their apartment building.
The 28-year-old Kelly and his wife argued with the woman, and he remained angry even after the wife calmed down.
The woman said Kelly called her the N-word during the July 26 incident, and he then beat his chest and threatened to stab her.
A security guard placed him in handcuffs and called police, the website reported.
The abuse and threats continued, and the woman said Kelly coaxed his young son into calling her the N-word — which the victim said was hurtful.
Police said the woman was visibly shaken when she filed the latest report, which resulted in Kelly’s arrest.
Kelly was charged with ethnic intimidation, a fifth-degree felony, but he was not charged in an Aug. 10 incident involving the woman.
He allegedly crossed the street after seeing the woman out walking, and she said he again hurled racial slurs and then spat at her, before threatening to kill her and her son.
Conman Jimmy Sabatino says he can’t keep himself from committing crimes — even when he’s locked up in prison.
Sabatino will serve his time in the notorious “Supermax” federal prison in Colorado and be banned from having any contact with anyone except his stepmother and his two attorneys. He asked for special restrictions that would prohibit him from having any kind of contact with other prisoners and from calling, exchanging letters or speaking to anyone else.
The judge sentenced him to the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and recommended he be locked up essentially in solitary confinement at “Supermax.” She also imposed the special, and extremely unusual, limitations on his ability to communicate with the outside — or inside — world “until such time as the defendant demonstrates that his communications no longer pose any kind of threat.”
Sabatino, who is associated with the Gambino organized crime family, is also prohibited from communicating with any member or associate of the Mafia.
“I don’t apologize to nobody,” Sabatino, 41, told Senior U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard when she asked if he had anything to say before sentencing. “As far as the government is concerned, they allowed this case to happen … they should be embarrassed,” he said.
Sabatino, who has spent most of his life since age 19 in prison, persuaded two federal corrections officers at the detention center to provide him with a total of five cellphones, one Samsung and four iPhones. The officers lost their jobs but have not been criminally charged.
Sabatino then used the phones in a scam in which he duped luxury retailers into sending expensive jewelry, watches and other items to his associates. The retailers were told the items were on loan and would be featured in music videos and promotional videos that were being shot in Miami. The items were never returned and instead were sold and pawned by Sabatino’s allies, who sent some of the money to his prison commissary account. Some of the money went to the mob,while some went to the co-defendants, investigators said.
Sabatino, who ran the fraud with the Gambino family associates, another inmate, two women who lived in Broward County and some other helpers, obtained close to $10.4 million worth of items, as well as accommodation and other services from luxury hotels, according to his plea agreement.
Sabatino admitted he used the phones in his cell to call and send texts and emails posing as employees of Sony Music Entertainment and RocNation, which was founded by Jay Z. His associates hired limousines and stayed at luxury hotels in Fort Lauderdale, South Beach and Atlanta, according to court records. Sabatino was ordered to pay full restitution to more than a dozen businesses, including Van Cleef & Arpels jewelers, Piaget watches, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik.
After Sabatino was caught, investigators said he threatened to kill some of the people that he suspected had cooperated against him. On Monday, he complained in court that the people who informed on him — he called them “all my rats” — were sentenced to less than half the amount of time he will serve in prison.
In one note that investigators found in his cell, Sabatino wrote instructions to one of the corrections officers who had helped him “to take certain steps to conceal evidence of the fraud, including an explicit command to move fraud proceeds out of the officer’s house. The defendant stated that he was ‘trying to clip’ a government witness’s family, and further directed the officer to ‘take care of’ government witnesses on the defendant’s behalf,” according to court records.
The “Supermax” facility in Florence, Colorado where he will be held houses the most notorious federal inmates, including the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and dozens of other high-profile inmates convicted of international and domestic terrorism and other serious crimes.
Sabatino, who grew up in Staten Island, New York, spent a lot of time in South Florida. His stepmother, with whom he is allowed to communicate, lives in Broward County.
His criminal history dates back to the 1990s when he called the FBI from an English prison and threatened to kill then-President Bill Clinton. He was sent back to the U.S. to face that charge and operated several other scams.
Just a few years ago, he underwent surgery to fix his “lazy eye” at taxpayer expense after managing to convince Miami-Dade corrections officials that he had suffered a stroke.
His latest crimes were committed after he was sent back to the Federal Detention Center in 2014 to face allegations he had violated the terms of his supervised release by committing other crimes.
Sabatino’s attorneys, Joe Rosenbaum and Kimberly Acevedo, said Sabatino has told them he wants to change his criminal ways but has been unable to do so.
“He can’t control himself,” Rosenbaum told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “He said he does it because it’s fun, because he can do it, because he beat the system.”
Sabatino hopes his charm and intellectual brilliance won’t work on guards at the Colorado prison, they said.
“He’s going to sit in a cell, alone, with a television,” Rosenbaum told the Sun Sentinel. “He can have reading materials but he’ll be sitting in Colorado for the next 20 years without ever seeing a mountain.”
A Texas Tech University police officer was shot dead Monday after bringing a student into custody at the campus police headquarters, authorities said.
A call for a student “welfare check” led campus officers to the room of 19 year old freshman Hollis Daniels. Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia, prompting the officers to take the student to the station, a university spokesman said in a statement.
Officers then took the suspect to the police station for a standard debriefing and to prepare to take him to the Lubbock County jail, Texas Tech police Chief Kyle Bonath said.
“During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer,” Bonath said. “The suspect fled on foot and was later apprehended by … (campus police) near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.” A university lockdown was lifted after about an hour.
Daniels allegedly ripped off the officer’s body camera after the shooting, but the camera was later recovered by police, NBC affiliate KCBD reported.
Detective Thomas Bonds of the Lubbock city police department says in an affidavit that Daniels told officers he had done “something illogical” and that “he was the one that shot their friend.”
It is not clear if Daniels had the gun on him when he was taken to the police station or if he took the weapon from an officer. Online jail records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.
Daniels was charged with capital murder of a peace officer, according to the Lubbock County sheriff’s office.
Las Vegas- A gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort, on a crowd of 30,000 concert attendees gathered on the Las Vegas Strip. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Paddock, was later found dead by officers in his room in the the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino by Las Vegas SWAT officers who responded to calls about the shooting, police said. They believe he took his own life. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a news briefing.
Police said more than 22,000 people were at the concert when Paddock, who had checked into the Mandalay Bay on Thursday, began firing at the crowd from his hotel room around 10 p.m.
The shooting marked the nation’s latest outbreak of gunfire and bloodshed to erupt in a public place, again transforming a seemingly routine night into one of terror. The carnage in Las Vegas surpassed the death toll of 49 people slain in June 2016 when a gunman in Orlando, who later said he was inspired by the Islamic State, opened fire inside a crowded nightclub.
Lombardo said the death toll could rise, as police were still investigating the scene. Police also said an estimated 406 people were taken to area hospitals after the shooting. Authorities did not specify how many of the people were wounded by gunfire or injured in the chaos that followed.
Lombardo also said police in Mesquite, NV were entering Paddock’s home to conduct a search on Monday morning.
Police believe Paddock acted alone, and Lombardo did not give further details, on Paddock’s background or possible motivation. “We have no idea what his belief system was,” Lombardo said during a briefing. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor, and the scene is static.”
Recordings of the attack suggested that Paddock used an automatic weapon. He was found with more than 10 rifles, Lombardo said.
Paddock’s brother, Eric, told Reuters that the family was stunned by what happened.
“We have no idea,” Eric Paddock told the news agency. “We’re horrified. We’re bewildered and our condolences go out to the victims. We have no idea in the world.”
Robert McCoy, a man reportedly on the sex offender registry has now been accused of public masturbation in a park. McCoy, however, insists there is a misunderstanding and blames the entire situation on a groundhog.
An unidentified victim told police Thursday evening that a man was following her and another individual around a park, watching them playing, with his pants down and privates exposed. She also described a sexual hand motion to explain what McCoy was doing with his hands.
The 53 year old McCoy however, told police it was all a misunderstanding when they apprehended him later that evening, according to an arrest citation.
He said was urinating in the area a groundhog “startled” him and he turned away quickly — causing his pants to fall down and possibly exposing himself to a passersby.
The arrest citation lists the incident location as 2375 Lannan Park Road, in Lannan Memorial Park. Police documents say it took place at 5:15 p.m. Thursday. He was arrested at 6:30 p.m. that day.
McCoy is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 21.
The sex offender registry lists offenses by a Robert McCoy that include first-degree sexual abuse, attempted first-degree rape and attempted first-degree sodomy.
Warmbier died from a lack of blood and oxygen to his brain according to the Ohio coroner, who admitted the exact cause of death was a mystery. Hamilton County Coroner Dr Lakshmi Sammarco said: “We don’t know what happened to him and that is the bottom line.”
Warmbier died in June, six days after returning home to Cincinnati after being held in custody in North Korea for more than a year. Warmbier was with a departing tour group visiting North Korea in early 2016 when he was arrested at the Pyongyang airport and accused of trying to steal a propaganda poster. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. North Korea accused the US of “luring and pushing” Otto Warmbier into breaking the country’s laws, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The parents of Otto Warmbier claimed the 22-year-old was tortured during his captivity in North Korea when he returned home in a coma. North Korean officials have denied charges that he was tortured. Instead, they say that his coma was caused by botulism and a sleeping pill.
Fred Warmbier said they were shocked when they first saw their son upon his return home. “Otto had a shaved head. He had a feeding tube coming out of his nose. He was staring blankly into space, jerking violently. He was blind. He was deaf. As we looked at him and tried to comfort him it looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth,” Warmbier said. His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, told the Fox News TV program Fox and Friends on Tuesday that their son had been “terrorized and brutalized for 18 months.”
After seeing the show, President Trump tweeted that “Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea.”
But the coroner, in a Cincinnati news conference, said she had consulted with a forensic dentist. “There was no evidence of trauma to the teeth,” said Sammarco. She said she was surprised by Fred Warmbier’s statement about his son’s teeth. Sammarco also added there was no clear evidence of physical torture – including no recently broken bones or signs of recently healed trauma. Her report also described Otto Warmbier’s body as “well-developed, well-nourished” and in excellent condition for someone who had been bedridden for a year, and featuring 10 small scars. Some of the scars were believed to be older; others were clearly related to medical procedures he apparently had received, such as one “consistent with a tracheotomy scar.”