TAMPA — The parents of a woman who says she was tricked into taking an abortion pill called on Florida lawmakers Monday to make such deceit a crime.
Rosa and James Edward Lee joined their attorney at a news conference to express their outrage over their daughter's loss of a pregnancy.
Federal prosecutors say that Remee Lee's ex-boyfriend, John Andrew Welden, gave her the labor-inducing drug Cytotec disguised as a harmless antibiotic because he didn't want to be a father....
TAMPA — Fresh from Tampa General Hospital, three days after Remee Jo Lee lost her baby to an ex-boyfriend's alleged deceit, she sought protection from him in Hillsborough Circuit Court.
In her April 1 petition for an injunction, she listed his weapons: "guns, knives, brass knuckles." And "medicine."
"I am afraid that he took measures to kill/abort/murder my unborn child, potentially killing me by switching my medicine," wrote Lee, 26. "And now that he is facing investigation he will continue to cause me more emotional and physical harm." ...
TAMPA — The son of a Lutz fertility doctor killed a girlfriend's unborn child by tricking her into taking an abortion drug, federal authorities said Wednesday.
The act could put John Andrew Welden, 28, in prison for life.
Welden forged the doctor's signature on a prescription for Cytotec, relabeled a pill bottle as "Amoxicillin" and told the woman that his father wanted her on antibiotics, a federal prosecutor asserted Wednesday....
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TAMPA — Federal agents Thursday plucked a second tax refund fraud suspect from the same family, sending Porscha S. Williams of Tampa on a path already known to her sister.
A grand jury indicted Williams, 30, and Quincy Wimberly, 29, on charges that they conspired with Nikia Williams, 29, and others to defraud the IRS of at least $252,491.
Nikia Williams, indicted in September, has pleaded guilty to two counts including aggravated identity theft, which carries a two-year minimum mandatory sentence. Her sentencing is May 28....
TAMPA — One day, a little girl was bound and blindfolded and then photographed while someone sexually assaulted her.
Jonathan Gamson wasn't there. But he later unearthed the photo from the Internet and kept it. That choice, along with a few similar choices, will cost the former Tampa police officer nearly five years of freedom.
"I know it's not an excuse, but in my real life, I helped children," a sobbing Gamson told U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven at his sentencing hearing Wednesday....
TAMPA — Kevin Guy helped kids grow, even other people's kids. Adults trusted and admired him. Even the federal agent who built a fraud case against Guy vouched for him Monday in federal court.
But good deeds can't offset years of theft, U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore decided at Guy's sentencing hearing.
Guy must serve 37 months in prison for conspiring with his wife to steal and cash $2.2 million in employee incentive gift cards from HSBC Mortgage Services, where Michelle Guy worked. His attorney had asked for probation....
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TAMPA — One weekend in late 2011, after a night of vodka and a day of vomiting, a woman with high blood pressure collapsed on the floor of her apartment off Nebraska Avenue. She was 37.
Days after her death, her grieving sisters tried to pay for the funeral by frying and selling fish.
The sisters raised their fish-fry pittance in a district where others were partying hard on the money they'd made filing fake tax returns....
TAMPA — A disbarred Riverview lawyer, once a prosecutor, pleaded guilty to grand theft Monday in Hillsborough Circuit Court, accepting a plea deal that calls for her to serve three years of probation.
Jessica Ann Bennett, 35, was accused of withdrawing $50,800 from the Merrill Lynch account of Daniel McCoy, whose wife had hired her to handle their divorce. The couple reconciled and complained to the Florida Bar, which disciplined Bennett and ordered her to pay restitution....
TAMPA — A robbery suspect attacked a deputy Monday and went after his eyes with both thumbs, authorities say.
But after two deputies subdued the man with Tasers, they say they found something on him more worrisome than thumbs: a .32-caliber Colt revolver, with a live round in its chamber.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the incident began at 4:50 p.m. when a robbery victim flagged down Deputy Felix Moret, 59, near a bus stop at Sheldon Road and Grosse Point Boulevard....
TAMPA — A former Tampa Housing Authority worker has admitted in a plea agreement that she and another woman collaborated to defraud the government by filing 22 tax refund claims in other people's names.
Of those, 20 were filed through the agency's Internet connection, the document states.
Leah Lang, 43, worked for the Housing Authority for five years, from 2005 to 2009, based in a community relations office at Robles Park Village....
TAMPA — A juror who helped send reggae star Buju Banton to federal prison can't seem to be rid of the 2011 drug trial.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. ordered former juror Terri Wright to appear before him at a June 26 hearing.
He wants Banton there, too.
Already, a computer expert, with Moody's permission, has taken a crack at determining whether Wright read up on Banton and the law during the trial. Wright contends she waited until the trial was over....
TAMPA — Tressa Vanessa Guy, 41, collected federal assistance to pay her rent last year, records show.
But a 17-count indictment alleges that she and boyfriend Brian Eugene Simmons, 33, also participated in a scheme to collect $2.7 million in fraudulent federal tax refunds.
The two were arrested Wednesday on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft....
TAMPA —Bob Dylan's music. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s image. O.J. Simpson's tell-all.
They all came up Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court as a judge entertained arguments over whether rights to Casey Anthony's life story should be auctioned to the highest bidder to help pay down $792,000 in debts.
Anthony, 27, acquitted two summers ago of killing her daughter, Caylee, did not attend the hearing, but that didn't stop others from negotiating her future....
TAMPA — Adult dancer Danielle Denson was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison Thursday after admitting in a plea agreement that she obtained more than $1.6 million in fraudulent income tax refunds.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew was unmoved by the defense position that Denson, 27, who lost her mother to AIDS and claimed to have an abusive father, had turned to tax fraud for self-worth and empowerment....