Links from the Times for March 27: Clearwater's mysterious pair, Andrea and Helene
A TIMES INVESTIGATION
The question is not what, but who?
Their record is clear: judgments, foreclosures, fines, delinquent taxes. Now, if we could just figure out their names. Helene Provenzano, left, and Andrea Trani, right, have gone by at least 17 names between them, records show. More documents in the mysterious, messy story of Andrea and Helene:
- 1997 Durham County, N.C., judgment against Andrea Lanzar: Andrea sued tenant George Edward Haynie for back rent. He countersued. The judge found Andrea's allegation that Haynie owed money to be false and awarded him a $100,000 punitive judgment. (Case docketed under several known aliases.)
- Internal Revenue Service claim in Andrea Louise Trani's 2002 personal bankruptcy protection case: In the case, the IRS said she owed $1.1 million in back taxes, penalties and interest from 1984-2001.
- Pinellas-Pasco state attorney bulletin: In March 2004, criminal investigators shared a bulletin with the Bay Area Organized Crime Intelligence Group warning of a "property flipping" scheme. Related documents in the criminal investigation identified Andrea Trani and Helene Provenzano as suspects.
- The signatures (PDF) | Andrea's multiple aliases (PDF)
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