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FDLE: Apollo Beach man forged documents to get state cleaning contract

TAMPA — An Apollo Beach man is facing a charge of forging bank documents to secure a contract with the state for his cleaning company, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

Anthony Leonardo, 35, of Apollo Beach is the president of Building Maintenance of America, the FDLE said. The company entered into a contract with the Florida Department of Management Services in January. Authorities said Leonardo used UPS to deliver a letter of credit for about $1 million to the department from Bank of America.

The department contacted the bank and discovered the document had been forged. Investigators said Leonardo used a document with a valid account number that wasn't his and forged the signature of a bank employee.

Leonardo then used a fraudulent UPS account to deliver the document, the FDLE said. The UPS account was registered March 11 as belonging to Bank of America, but the account's shipping address belonged to Leonardo. And the shipping costs were paid with a credit card belonging to Leonardo's wife, of which he is an authorized user, according to an arrest warrant.

It was not clear from arrest records what building or buildings Leonardo's company cleaned.

Leonardo was arrested on one count of uttering a forged instrument. He was being held in the Hillsborough County jail Thursday.

FDLE: Apollo Beach man forged documents to get state cleaning contract 07/10/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:28pm]
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