Month: March 2013

Fraud discovered in the Town of Inglis

On February 15, 2013 the Town Hall of Inglis contacted Chief Steve Dixon (Inglis Police Department) reporting potential fraud from within the city accounts payable division. Chief Dixon requested the investigative assistance of Levy County Sheriff’s Office.   A forensic audit was conducted by auditors from Beauchamp & Edwards CPA Firm who discovered approximately $23,290.00 of undocumented charges to the towns credit card account. Investigators with LCSO working with the auditors discovered that town employee Sandra Lambert had been charging personal business to the town charge account beginning in September 2009. Ms. Lambert spoke to Investigator Jay Crooms and admitted that she was responsible for the charges. Investigator Crooms has filed the criminal charge of “scheme to defraud” with the 8th Judicial State Attorneys Office in Bronson.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
"Know Something We Don't" Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.

Home Invasion trial results in CONVICTION and a 30 year Sentence

On February 28, 2013 jurors from Levy County deliberated for more than 2 hours and returned a verdict of GUILTY on all counts charged in the trial of Jeovany Ortiz 1-3-77 and Janiel Molina-Perez 5-30-91. Their arrests stemmed from the investigation of Levy County Sheriff’s Office, which began on January 7, 2012. Potentially facing life in prison for the charges of conspiracy to commit home invasion robbery, burglary with a battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence, this trial lasted for 2 days. Sentencing immediately followed the guilty verdict delivered by the jury to Honorable Aymer L. Curtin, Senior Circuit Judge. Both Oritz and Perez were sentenced to 30 years each.  Earlier this year, Christopher Pate, the third of four co-defendants in this case, pled to the charges in this case and was also sentenced to 30 years of incarceration in the Florida Department of Corrections. The final defendant is scheduled for trial next month.

 

This case is a good example of the Sheriff’s Office and the judicial system working together to protect the citizens of Levy County.

Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
(352) 486-5111
“Know Something We Don’t” Call Crime Stoppers 1-877-349-8477 remain anonymous.