Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Palm Harbor woman gets prison time for role in home inspection scheme

TAMPA — A 40-year-old Palm Harbor woman will spend 33 months in federal prison for her role in a home inspection scheme, operated out of Spring Hill, that bilked more than $12.7 million from a program designed to assess foreclosed homes owned or insured by the government.

Tammy Roaderick, co-owner of American Mortgage Field Services, pleaded guilty last July to charges that she and her co-conspirator, Dean Counce, committed wire fraud by fabricating reports for inspections the company had not performed. She was sentenced this week in federal court.

According to prosecutors, from 2007 to 2012, American Mortgage Field Services received lists of homes to inspect each month. Inspections involved visiting the homes, filling out reports and taking photos. However, investigators discovered that many of the company's employees were either high school students or recent graduates who skipped making physical inspections and instead used information available on the Internet to fabricate the reports.

Counce, 43, pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiracy and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The court also entered a money judgment against Roaderick in the amount of $2,396,498.25, which are the proceeds traceable to the offenses.

Palm Harbor woman gets prison time for role in home inspection scheme 05/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 6:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. St. Petersburg showdown: Kriseman and Baker pull no punches in first forum

    Local Government

    A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor.
  2. Wildlife officers look for answers in gopher tortoise deaths while reward money piles up

    Wildlife

    The blood had already pooled when the bodies were found, bashed and beaten. One was dead. The other was still gasping, but it was too late.

    A gopher tortoise emerges from a bush to feed on vegetation on Thursday in 2016 at the Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center in Clearwater. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating the deaths of two tortoises that were beaten and their shells broken in Manatee County. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  3. Airbnb on track to shatter tax revenues brought in last year

    Business

    Airbnb has collected more than $18 million in taxes for Florida state and local governments so far this year, putting it on a fast-track to shatter its 2016 tax collection of $20 million.

    Airbnb has collected more than $18 million in taxes for Florida state and local governments so far this year, putting it on a fast-track to shatter its 2016 tax collection of $20 million.
[Bloomberg file photo]

  4. PSTA foresees no service cuts as it rolls out proposed 2018 budget

    Transportation

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will unveil the first draft of its 2018 budget at Wednesday morning's meeting of the governing board.

    A Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus leaves the terminal at  3180 Central Ave. in St Petersburg in 2014. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  5. What you need to know for Wednesday, June 28

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    St. Petersburg will finally break ground today on its long-awaited downtown Pier. [City of  St. Petersburg]