Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco man accused of stealing $50K from aircraft hobbyists

LAND O'LAKES — In August, the president of the Bay City Flyers, a remote-control aircraft club with 220 local members, tried to buy a $10,000, commercial-grade lawn mower for the club's 20 acres on State Road 52.

The check bounced.

"We checked on it and, sure enough, we had minus $44 in the bank," said president Charlie Poulton.

They found out the club's longtime treasurer, Innis D. Spindle, 62, had taken more than $50,000 from the account, a Sheriff's Office report says.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office charged Spindle on Wednesday with scheme to defraud. He has no prior arrests in Florida.

"It broke my heart when we found out about it," said Poulton, who said he has been the club's president for 12 years. He said Spindle has been treasurer about the same length of time.

From October 2005 to July 2010, Spindle wrote 146 checks from the club's account for personal use, investigators said.

A report says $5,586 in checks went to Spindle's two daughters as gifts. He spent $38,547 on payments for personal loans and wrote checks for cash for $6,099, authorities said. He paid a $79 dental bill and $50 to get his car repaired, the report states.

Spindle did deposit more than $15,000 of his own money to the account, the report states. But Poulton said the club is still owed more than $35,000.

Poulton said the 30-year-old club is "fiscally solvent" after collecting annual dues from members. "We're okay," he said. "We're not going to go bankrupt."

He said members had gotten over the shock.

They're "disappointed, but we're moving forward."

Spindle of Wesley Chapel was released Wednesday from Pasco County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Contacted Thursday, Spindle said: "The only thing I'm guilty of is poor judgment."

He said the Pasco detectives only searched the account as far back as 2005. Spindle said he deposited more of his own money in the club's account before 2005.

"They are looking at one part of the puzzle and not all of it," he said.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

Pasco man accused of stealing $50K from aircraft hobbyists 01/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 8:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Who is Alejandro Villanueva, the Steelers player and veteran who stood alone? Here's why he has the NFL's top-selling jersey today


    CHICAGO — When the national anthem started at Soldier Field on Sunday, the visiting sideline was mostly empty. The most prominent evidence of the Pittsburgh Steelers was offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, standing all by himself near the tunnel, holding his right hand over his heart.

    Alejandro Villanueva stands alone during the national anthem at Soldier Field in Chicago. [Associated Press]
  2. 'Battle of the Sexes' is a fine time capsule comedy, and not really about the tennis


    In 1973, tennis champion Billie Jean King joined a two-ring circus with hustler Bobby Riggs, billed as a Battle of the Sexes amid the women's liberation movement. Fifty million Americans watched the pop spectacle on TV.

    Emma Stone and Steve Carell in the film "Battle of the Sexes." [Fox Searchlight Pictures.]
  3. Hillsborough will not add extra days for storm


    Public school students in Hillsborough County do not have to come to school for additional days to make up for time missed in Hurricane Irma, the district announced Monday.

  4. Tom Cruise's son Connor Cruise to DJ Halloween party at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe


    Whenever Tom Cruise comes to Clearwater on Church of Scientology business, he keeps a low profile. Occasionally he'll Connor Cruise attended Wild 94.1 Wild Splash in 2016.

  5. Bicyclist struck in St. Petersburg dies as result of injuries


    ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist who police said ran a red light and was struck by a car last week died over the weekend.