Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Prison-bound Tampa woman got teeth fixed on stolen credit card

TAMPA — Latasha Callens may have a $12,000 smile. But the root canal, the bridge, the extraction and the crown were bought with a stolen credit card number, authorities say.

A federal judge sentenced the Tampa woman to 12 years and five months in prison this week, after she pleaded guilty in December to an array of fraud totaling $223,798. Callens, 35, defrauded banks and individuals at least 58 times from 2011 to 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported. She conned people into cashing stolen checks for her. She filed false refund claims with the IRS. And she ripped off a Clearwater dentist.

"She left an amazing trail of financial devastation and destruction in her wake," said Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway. His agency was one of six that investigated Callens, who was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas N. Palermo.

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Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

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