Body found in woods near homeless camp
A body believed to be that of a homeless woman was found Monday night, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies called the death suspicious and were investigating. The body was found near a homeless camp by the USA Fleamarket at U.S. 19 and State Road 52. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said deputies got a call about the body about 5:30 p.m. Monday, but it took a couple of hours to find it in the woods. Doll estimated the woman may have been dead for up to a month.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Woman faces 15 counts of fraud
A New Port Richey woman has been charged with 15 counts of fraud and money laundering involving about $1.1 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Rosa Barrett Herrera, 43, the owner and operator of Covenant Construction Unlimited Inc. on Trouble Creek Road, is accused of defrauding a Tennessee financier by selling phony invoices. The Tennessee company, Capital Plus Equity, pays businesses for outstanding bills, then goes after those customers to collect the debt. Capital Plus paid Herrera for work her company supposedly did for local churches, construction firms and other organizations, but, according to the indictment, that work was never performed. In addition to pursuing criminal charges and possible prison time for Herrera, the government will seek a judgment requiring her to repay the $1.1 million that the U.S. Attorney's Office said Herrera pocketed from the scheme.