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Clearwater police say Ponzi suspect killed himself


ponzi suspect killed himself, police say

A man arrested in connection with a $53 million Ponzi scheme last week killed himself Wednesday, police said. Michael Greenberg, 50, was accused of defrauding his family, friends and investors in a scheme that began in 1998, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He began the scheme just two years after he was released from prison for fraud and was still on probation. Greenberg's son found him at his home on Oakmont Drive about 11 p.m. Wednesday, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. Greenberg had hanged himself and left a note that mentioned the case against him, Watts said. Authorities said Greenberg stole his parents' identities and persuaded more than 30 banks, investors, family members and the Small Business Administration to give him money to fuel the fraud, according to a complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He made some payments but ended up stealing more than $15.5 million, authorities said.


2 people shot in gated community

Hillsborough County deputies late Thursday were investigating the shootings of two people at 10213 Palermo Circle just after 11 p.m. They were transported to Tampa General Hospital. The shootings occurred inside a gated community called The Estates, near the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway and Falkenburg Road. Just before midnight, helicopters flew overhead and authorities with dogs were inside the complex. For further developments, go to

st. petersburg

Man crawls under parked SUV, is hurt

A man was seriously injured Thursday night after an SUV rolled over him in the St. Anthony's Hospital parking lot, authorities said. It appears the man, who has not been identified, had crawled underneath the vehicle, said Lt. Joel Granata, spokesman for St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue, which responded to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the man pinned underneath a white Nissan SUV. They used the Jaws of Life to free him. It is unclear why the man got under the vehicle in the first place, Granata said. Though the man was conscious and talking, rescuers took him to Bayfront Medical Center. St. Petersburg police are investigating.


Stanton's review: tough, abrasive

Susan Stanton has impressed a few of her new bosses, but she's garnering some of the same criticism in Lake Worth that she received as Largo's manager, the Palm Beach Post says. Some Largo workers and officials said Stanton was overly tough and inflexible. In her first evaluation as Lake Worth's city manager, the chief complaint city commissioners had about Stanton was her "abrasive management style," the paper said. Stanton, 51, who was formerly known as Steve, was fired from Largo in 2007 after news of her decision to become a woman became public. Three Lake Worth city leaders gave Stanton high marks. The other two gave her average or below average scores. Her job did not appear to be in danger.

Clearwater police say Ponzi suspect killed himself 04/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 12:19am]
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