BROOKSVILLE — A New Port Richey man will face organized fraud charges in Hernando County for allegedly scheming to solicit money from local medical professionals for a fabricated referral business.
According to the arrest report, Charles Littlejohn, 52, told a local doctor that he would be opening a walk-in clinic at U.S. 19 and Cortez Boulevard. Littlejohn allegedly asked the doctor to give him money for an advertising campaign, which he claimed would be used to refer business from his clinic to the doctor's office.
Littlejohn also asked the doctor for the names of other medical professionals who might be interested in advertising in exchange for referrals. The doctor agreed and gave Littlejohn some names, according to the report.
Later, the doctor learned Littlejohn had told other medical professionals that he was one of his employees and had made other false claims. Among the alleged crimes, Littlejohn was accused of accepting a $550 check toward a $1,050 advertising contract from one doctor but never contacted the doctor about the ad and was unable to be reached after cashing the check on June 3.
Detectives later discovered Littlejohn had never contacted a leasing company about opening a clinic at the site he'd mentioned to the doctors.
Littlejohn was arrested Monday night in Pasco County and remained behind bars in the county jail as of Tuesday evening. He faces charges of organized fraud in Hernando and violation of probation in Pinellas.
In other law enforcement news:
• A 13-year-old boy faces charges of aggravated assault after being accused of holding a razor blade to a classmate's neck, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
The teen, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Hernando County Jail. He was set to be released into the custody of his parents.
According to the arrest report, the boy was singing and changing clothes in the locker room at West Hernando Middle School at about 11 a.m. when a classmate told him he should try out for American Idol.
The teen then allegedly took a razor blade from his wallet, held it to the classmate's neck and asked him to repeat what he said. The classmate managed to pull away and escape injury, the report said.
The accused teen later admitted to putting the blade to the other boy's neck because he was mad at him, according to the report.
• Hernando County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 13-year-old-boy on three counts of sexual battery involving 6- and 8-year-old boys.
The teen, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, is accused of forcing the boys to perform oral sex on him during the summer at his house in the 9100 block of Southern Charm Circle.
The boys told authorities Monday that the teen locked his bedroom door and forced both of them to perform oral sex on him on at least three occasions, according to the arrest report. The teen also allegedly performed oral sex on one of the boys.
Deputies took the teen into custody Tuesday morning and transported him to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Joel Anderson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (352) 754-6120.