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Former operator of Jannus Landing faces more bad check charges

ST. PETERSBURG — Bouncing tax checks to the state of Florida is what landed former Jannus Landing operator John C. "Jack" Bodziak in jail last year.

It's also why he was arrested again on Monday.

After Bodziak's arrest on grand theft in May 2009, state authorities said he kept committing the same offense: paying what his downtown businesses owed in sales tax with more bad checks.

Bodziak had been free on $250,000 bail, but at the request of prosecutors he is now being held without bond in the Pinellas County Jail.

"We moved to revoke his bond," said Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Greg Groger, "because he had committed new offenses while on bond."

In the 2009 case Bodziak was accused of defrauding taxpayers out of $250,165 in sales tax owed by his downtown concert venue and bars.

The latest allegations are that he bounced eight more checks worth a total of $45,200 — five of which were written after his 2009 arrest.

He is no longer connected with Jannus Landing. Knight Enterprises took over the property and reopened it as Jannus Live.

Bodziak, 37, was scheduled to be sentenced on the original charges Monday.

Instead, defense attorney Donald C. Anderson asked the court to delay sentencing so they can address the new charges.

The new charges include seven counts of issuing a worthless check to the Department of Revenue and one count of obtaining property with a worthless check.

In November, he pleaded guilty to the 2009 charge of grand theft and the judge capped his sentence at 21 months in prison.

His new sentencing date is June 25.

His attorney is hopeful the new charges can be resolved without his client spending more than 21 months in prison.

Bodziak also pledged to pay back the state. But his attorney said that he doesn't know how much his client can pay back.

Former operator of Jannus Landing faces more bad check charges 06/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:38pm]
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