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Three arrested in Citrus County crystal meth bust

Published Feb. 25, 2006

Three men were arrested late Thursday in what Citrus County authorities called a major crystal methamphetamine case.

Accused are Gerardo Pineda, 24, of Citrus County, Hector Vega, 23, of Brooksville, and Jose Pulido, 20, of Dade City. They are accused of selling 3 ounces of meth - an amount that constituted trafficking, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. The men were held without bail at the Citrus jail.

Man faces life sentence for killing girlfriend

LARGO - A jury took just over an hour Thursday night to convict a St. Petersburg man of murdering his girlfriend and dumping her body in a church yard.

Wayne A. Greene, 54, was convicted of second-degree murder for the February 2002 killing of Josephine Dallas, 35. Greene is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. He faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Greene shot Dallas, then dumped her body behind St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 2920 26th Ave. S.

A priest at the church saw the body as he prepared for Mass, then called police.

Police found her blood in Greene's apartment and matched tire tracks found at the church to his car. Bullet fragments found in Dallas' head matched Greene's gun, prosecutors said.

Former Dunedin man gets prison for tax evasion

TAMPA - A U.S. district judge sentenced Howard Lee McCauley to 15 months in prison on Thursday for failing to pay three-quarters of a million dollars in income taxes.

McCauley, who used to live in Dunedin, pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion on Nov. 30, 2004. He was an independent financial planner who owned M&A Financial and used Raymond James Financial to process his transactions. In 1997, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, McCauley listed all of the income he earned from commissions in a series of domestic and foreign trusts that he controlled.

He filed personal income tax returns that reflected only a small portion of his true income, federal officials said. But Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators eventually learned that between 1997 and 1998, McCauley evaded payment of about $787,432 in taxes.

McCauley's sentence also included three years of probation.

Youth sports treasurer accused of stealing funds

Officials with the Pinellas Park Youth Sports Association knew their bank account should have had more than $26,000 in it, but the treasurer's report said otherwise.

That's when police were called.

On Thursday, 33-year-old Tiffany Ann Curry of 7690 56th St. N in Pinellas Park was arrested and charged with grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and scheme to defraud, all felonies.

She was released Friday from the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

According to a police report, Curry was in charge of the association's finances in 2005. As treasurer, she was responsible for all accounts receivable and bill payment for the group, authorities said.

She also had control of the club's credit card.

Club leaders were hopeful that 2005 ended on a high note after seeing gate sales and fundraising revenue increase over the previous year.

"They expected to see at least $26,000 on the bottom line (of the treasurer's report)," said Capt. Sandy Forseth of the Pinellas Park Police Department. "When she turned in the treasurer's report, it had $6,000."

The credit card statements showed detailed records of how it was used, Forseth said.

In several instances, it showed that Curry used the card to pay several bills, including her power, cell phone and water. It also included cash withdrawals, including one for $600 shortly before she left for a vacation.