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Owner of New Port Richey construction company guilty of mail, wire fraud


Woman pleads guilty to mail, wire fraud

Rosa Barrett Herrera, owner of Covenant Construction Unlimited in New Port Richey, has pleaded guilty in federal court to wire and mail fraud in a scheme in which authorities say she billed an invoice company for work her firm never performed. In a practice known as invoice factoring, businesses can sell their invoices to a third party and get paid up front. Then the third party collects the amounts due from the customers, keeping a cut. For six months in 2008, according to federal authorities, Herrera billed for construction work around Tampa Bay, including at the retail complex Trinity Town Center and numerous churches, but it was all fictitious. The invoice factoring company, Capital Plus Equity of Knoxville, Tenn., lost nearly $500,000, authorities said. Herrera, 43, faces up to 40 years in prison when she is sentenced.


Traffic camera warnings begin

The city, which has expanded its red-light camera system with a new camera at the eastbound lanes of Richey Drive at U.S. 19, begins a 30-day warning period today for drivers who run that light. For the next month, any drivers who run that light will get a warning in the mail. After that, violators will receive tickets of $150. The system, installed by Traffipax Inc., will soon include cameras and warning periods at the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 19 and Ridge Road and the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 19 and Grand Boulevard.


Magician presents show today

Magician Nathan Coe Marsh will present "Smoke & Mirrors Magic Cabaret" at 2 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Each show is different. Tickets are $9. The box office is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and an hour before showtime. Call (727) 842-6777.


The musical Sweet Charity will play April 23 through June 13 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre. An incorrect closing date was listed in Saturday's Pasco Times.

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