Friday, April 20, 2018
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Marchman Technical Ed secretary charged with fraud

NEW PORT RICHEY

Secretary stole studentS' fees, authorities say

A 54-year-old secretary at Marchman Technical Education Center is accused of stealing $13,768 from the school. Barbara Jean Stark was arrested Tuesday and charged with organized fraud. The Pasco Sheriff's Office says Stark kept cash that students submitted for fees. The thefts happened between February 2011 and March, when discrepancies in accounting records were noticed and an audit performed, a report states. The audit found Stark failed to submit money turned in by students 264 times, authorities said. Stark, of 14412 Dilbeck Drive in Spring Hill, was hired in 2004 at Marchman, which teaches career trades to high school students and adults. She was released from the Pasco jail Wednesday on $5,000 bail. The Pasco sheriff's report states Stark had been placed on administrative leave. Her current employment status could not be determined Wednesday.

HOLIDAY

Arrest in online solicitation of girl

An unemployed 42-year-old man tried to persuade a 13-year-old girl he met online into sending him pornographic photos of herself, Pasco sheriff's deputies said. James Robert Wall is also accused of having a collection on his computer of pornographic images depicting children in sex acts. Wall was arrested Tuesday and charged with using a computer to seduce and solicit a child and five counts of possessing obscene material depicting a sexual performance by a child. The investigation began with a tip to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children of Wall's email conversations on myyearbook.com with the teenage girl. The agency contacted the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Wall, of 2411 Grandin St. in Holiday, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.

Correction

A story Wednesday about Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, running for the Florida House incorrectly said there are only two examples in the modern era of the Legislature of an ex-senator who made a similar jump to the lower chamber. There is a third example: Matt Meadows, D-Fort Lauderdale, who served in the Senate from 1992 until 1998. He won a House seat in 2000 and served four terms in that chamber.

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