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Florida briefs: Men charged with renting unoccupied homes they didn't own


Pair charged with home rental fraud

Two men are accused of fraudulently renting homes to multiple tenants. Benjamin Sandora, 34, faces multiple charges of organized scheme to defraud, unoccupied burglary, grand theft and uttering forged instruments. Police say Melchised Martinez, 38, will face the same charges. A woman was notified that the home she was selling was fraudulently occupied by several tenants. Authorities say Sandora and Martinez were fraudulently renting residences vacant due to foreclosure or for sale. Authorities say they would exchange door locks, advertise the rooms and provide fraudulent leases.


Raids close pot houses statewide

A statewide law enforcement sweep targeting indoor marijuana grow houses in has netted more than 6,800 pot plants and resulted in the arrests of 142 people. Acting Miami U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloman said the operation Friday all 67 Florida counties. Sloman says the plants seized have a street value of about $30.7 million. More than 120 indoor grow houses were dismantled, 39 in Miami-Dade County. Fifteen children living in homes used to grow marijuana were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.


Okaloosa sheriff resigns after plea

A Panhandle sheriff indicted for corruption has officially resigned. Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris tendered his resignation, effective May 19. Morris had been sheriff 12 years when federal agents arrested him Feb. 27. He pleaded guilty last month and faces decades in prison. Associated Press

Florida briefs: Men charged with renting unoccupied homes they didn't own 06/12/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 12, 2009 10:18pm]
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