The owner of a Brandon bookkeeping business pleaded no contest this week to charges that she took $246,008 from 20 of her customers. According to investigators, Stella Ehnle, 59, had borrowed large sums of money from her customers at Brandon Bookkeeping, 733 W Lumsden Road, since 1985 and used the money in a pyramid scheme. Ehnle, who later declared bankruptcy, was charged with organized fraud and was sentenced to 20 years' probation. She also must pay back the money to the victims, according to the terms of the agreement. According to prosecutor Judy Hoyer, the victims streamlined the process by hiring a single attorney to handle the case. "I could deal with the collective victims as a whole, and they knew their interests were being represented," she said.
Fairgrounds suit ruling delayed
BRANDON _ A Circuit Court judge has decided not to rule on a lawsuit between Hillsborough County and the Florida State Fairgrounds until after the matter comes before the Legislature, County Attorney Emeline Acton said Thursday. The county had asked Judge Daniel Gallagher to decide whether the fairgrounds, which is controlled by the state Fair Authority, must conform to county regulations on building, zoning and other matters. A bill pending in the Legislature would give regulatory control to the county.
County Commission Chairwoman Sylvia Kimbell's name was misspelled in a photo caption in Thursday's Times.