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 neighbors 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 […]

Marion felon Mary Alexander playing race card

Marion felon Mary Alexander playing race card

  Marion Oaks, Florida — Mary Alexander, 47, of Ocala is still claiming charges against her are “made up.” As Wesley Snipes did during his trial for failing to pay taxes, Alexander is also claiming Marion County is a racist county. Alexander is claiming the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is targeting her because she is […]

Gainesville Man Arrested For Food Stamp Fraud

Gainesville Man Arrested For Food Stamp Fraud

  Gainesville, Florida — Alachua County Detectives with the assistance of the Florida Department of Financial Services State Law Enforcement Bureau (SLEB) served a search warrant on December 11, 2013 at 4816 SW 80th Place, Gainesville, Florida. The search warrant was the final result of an ongoing covert investigation into the illegal sale for cash […]

Marion Oaks: Mary Alexander arrested for food stamp fraud

Marion Oaks: Mary Alexander arrested for food stamp fraud

  Ocala, Florida — Mary Alexander, 47, of Ocala has been charged with organized fraud. Alexander’s arrest, today, stems from an ongoing investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Attorney General’s Office. The first phase of this case started back in June of this year. That’s […]

Winn-Dixie was scammed by employees

Winn-Dixie was scammed by employees

Lakeland, Florida — Winn-Dixie, a supermarket known for scamming consumers during their BOGO sales, experienced a scam directed at the company via employees today. Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven Winn-Dixie Employees for fraud. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime Unit , in conjunction with Winn-Dixie Organized Retail Crime investigators, […]

Mexican Investor Ernesto Garcia Deported

Mexican Investor Ernesto Garcia Deported

  San Antonio, Texas — A Mexican national, who is wanted for defrauding hundreds of Mexican citizens of their earnings, was deported and turned over to Mexican law enforcement authorities Thursday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Ernesto Karam-Garcia, 45, entered the United States with an Investor […]

U.S. Postal Worker Alzet Parker Arrested

U.S. Postal Worker Alzet Parker Arrested

  Palm Beach County, Florida — U.S. Postal Employee Alzet Parker, 51, of 1767 North Jog Road, Apt 106, West Palm Beach was arrested and transported to the Federal Court house for fraudulent use of credit cards. Parker had been steeling credit cards from postal customers since 2012 and then using the cards for her […]

Food Stamps Sold For Cash Despite Felony Warnings

Food Stamps Sold For Cash Despite Felony Warnings

  Tallahassee, Florida — Despite warnings from the Department of Children and Families, Food Stamp recipients continue to break the law by selling the benefits for cash. There is a growing trend in Florida that affects both Food Stamp recipients and the owners and employees of Food Stamp authorized retail stores . It is called […]