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Florida briefs: Central Florida couple accused of military donation scam

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Couple accused of military Donation scam

A central Florida couple has been arrested after police say they set up a sham military donation operation. Investigators say Gloria Dianne Woodside and her boyfriend, Stephen J. Concannon, sold military paraphernalia in front of an Ocala store while dressed in fatigues. The Ocala Star Banner reports an police officer approached Concannon and said he'd received a complaint the activity might be fraudulent. The officer asked Concannon for documents proving he had authorization to sell the merchandise. Concannon claimed to be from a Kissimmee Navy SEALs foundation, but when the officer called a number on one of the documents he provided, Concannon's phone rang. Police say Concannon admitted the operation was fake. Police said he told them he usually made $200 a day and that his girlfriend was involved.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Doctor is facing 350 years in prison

A South Florida doctor could get a maximum 350-year prison sentence for his conviction in an illegal prescription drug pill-mill case. A Broward County jury last week found 54-year-old Dr. Thomas Rodenberg guilty of 14 charges, including racketeering, trafficking in the painkiller oxycodone, conspiracy and illegal delivery of controlled substances. Rodenberg was one of 11 people arrested in 2012 as part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-led investigation into a Pompano Beach pain clinic. Undercover officers posed as patients during a three-year probe, obtaining numerous prescriptions for controlled substances although there was no medical need. Authorities say the 55 prescriptions for undercover officers included nearly 3,000 units of oxycodone.

BELLE GLADE

Charred body found in vehicle

Detectives are investigating the death of a person found burned beyond recognition in a vehicle fire. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office was dispatched near Belle Glade on Saturday at about 5:50 a.m. Authorities say firefighters found a vehicle completely engulfed in flames. Once the blaze was extinguished, a body was found in the front driver's-side seat. The individual has not been identified. A DNA analysis will be completed. Crime scene and arson investigators have processed the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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Florida briefs: Central Florida couple accused of military donation scam 02/02/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 2, 2014 10:07pm]
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