20-year-old charged with organized fraud

20-year-old charged with organized fraud

Ocala, Florida — A 20-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he used stolen credit card numbers to purchase merchandise online from Lowes.com. Lowes Loss Prevention Officer, Rocky Eppolito, told Ocala police that an order had been placed online for a washing machine and water hoses in the amount of $613.98. The purchase was made on […]

Two cleaning service maids arrested

Two cleaning service maids arrested

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Police Department police officers say they arrested two maids after a victim was notified by her bank about several suspicious transactions. The victim told police that she had hired two women from Merry Maids cleaning service to clean her home. The two 24-year-old women were later identified as Nichole Blanchard and […]

Actions of alert OPD Sgt. lead to capture of two fraudsters

Actions of alert OPD Sgt. lead to capture of two fraudsters

Jose Yosvani Hernandez-Trujillo, 41, and Orlis Martinez-Cruz, 21, both from Miami, remained behind bars Friday after they were arrested on May 16, and charged 42 counts each of Forgery of a Credit Card, 42 counts each Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards, 8 counts each Identity Theft, and one charge of Retail Theft. Ocala Police Department […]

Man faces 22 charges for chop shop operation

Man faces 22 charges for chop shop operation

Ocala, Florida — Smallwood Auto Salvage, located at 601 Southwest 27th Avenue, was determined to be a chop shop following a Florida Department of Motor Vehicle and multiple law enforcement agency inspection. On Wednesday, following a thorough investigation, the Ocala Police Department arrested Larry Smallwood, 60, and charged him with: Dealer Failing to Notify the […]

Hay Meat Market EBT fraud investigation, second person arrested

Hay Meat Market EBT fraud investigation, second person arrested

A second woman was arrested after a March 4, federal search warrant was served on the Hay Meat Market, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agents say Liteasha Marquee Johnson, 36, enter the Hay Meat Market on January 6, and charged $455.85 to her EBT, but left the store with only a few items. On […]

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala Dental Lab robbed of gold, suspect arrested

Ocala, Florida — An Ocala man was arrested after Ocala Dental Lab reported that approximately $5,000 in gold had been stolen from the business. The business owner, Robert Markham, stated that the lab uses the gold for various types of dental work. Markham told Ocala police that he suspected Johnathan Jesse Peterson, 31, was the […]

Ocala woman charged with welfare fraud

Ocala woman charged with welfare fraud

  Ocala, Florida — The State Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for a woman’s arrest after they determined she had committed welfare fraud. According to the arrest warrant, Tamora Tequia Alston, 30, knowingly, by means of false statement or other misrepresentation, obtained and continued to obtain food stamps and Medicaid benefits when she was not […]

Man blamed his crimes on a male escort

Man blamed his crimes on a male escort

Silver Springs – A credit card thief got caught after he left a receipt from items he had purchased in a stolen car. Deputies say and elderly woman notified authorities when she awoke and discovered her car parked in front of her neighbor’s house along side of the road. The victim said, “At first I […]

MCSO: Woman, 21, dated widower, 69, then stole from him

MCSO: Woman, 21, dated widower, 69, then stole from him

Ocala, Florida — A 21-year-old Ocala woman has been charged with multiple felonies after she stole from a local business man she was having a relationship with. The victim, 69, hired Miranda Brantley to clean his home and business following the death of his wife. According to reports, during the time that Brantley was working […]

Statement released: Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), speaks out

Statement released: Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), speaks out

Ocala, Florida — Florida cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), has released a video statement defending himself, and ICE, against two whistleblower lawsuits that have been filed. In the video, he stated ICE is taking care of approximately 24, 000 patients in Northern Central Florida with various medical needs. […]

DOJ investigation: Dr. Asad Qamar, Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE) and Dr. Humeraa Qamar

DOJ investigation: Dr. Asad Qamar, Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE) and Dr. Humeraa Qamar

Ocala, Florida — Department of Justice Official Press Release — The government has intervened in two lawsuits against a Florida cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, and his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), alleging that Qamar and ICE billed Medicare for medically unnecessary peripheral artery interventions and paid kickbacks to patients by waiving […]

Ocala man threatened to kill his grandmother

Ocala man threatened to kill his grandmother

Ocala, Florida — An ongoing fraud investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office lead to the arrest of the victim’s own grandson yesterday. It all started when the 77-year-old grandmother reported her Sam’s Discover Card showing charges for purchases she did not make. The victim stated that on September 8, 2014, she noticed one of […]

Wells Fargo Bank employee arrested; second suspect on the run

Wells Fargo Bank employee arrested; second suspect on the run

Ocala, Florida — Wells Fargo Bank teller, Alicia Mario Thompson, 21, was arrested Monday, July 14, 2014, after investigators with the Ocala Police Department said they found evidence that she helped steal $15,000 from a customer’s account. According to reports, Thompson worked for the Wells Fargo located at 3541 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala. At the […]

Medical office manager wanted and on the run

Medical office manager wanted and on the run

DeBary, Florida — When a DeBary doctor recently tried to use his business’ credit card and it was declined, he knew something was wrong. He just didn’t know how wrong — until an investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office revealed that the doctor’s former office manager had ripped him off for more than $100,000. […]

Orlando medical alert company scammed seniors out of millions

Orlando medical alert company scammed seniors out of millions

  Orlando, Florida — At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Florida Attorney General, a U.S. district court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an Orlando-based operation that used pre-recorded telephone calls, commonly known as ‘robocalls’, to pitch purportedly “free” medical alert devices to senior citizens by […]

Counterfeit Cosmetics Health Warning

Counterfeit Cosmetics Health Warning

  You see what appears to be your favorite brand name eye shadow, eye liner, or fragrance for sale at a flea market or on an unfamiliar website. You notice the price is lower than what you normally pay at your favorite retail store or through an authorized online dealer. Before you hand over your […]

Kissimmee Doctor Ugarriza Fuentes Arrested

Kissimmee Doctor Ugarriza Fuentes Arrested

  Kissimmee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health’s Orlando Unlicensed Activity (ULA) Unit announced today a joint investigation with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI). The investigation led to the arrest of Ugarriza Fuentes for two counts of the practice of medicine without a license, which is a third degree felony and punishable by […]