Carlos Oscar Johnson of Palm Harbor was arrested last week by federal Internal Revenue Service agents and accused in a federal complaint of filing more than 200 fraudulent tax returns. He is accused of stealing at least $1.7 million from federal taxpayers after fraudulently obtaining refunds using stolen personal information and faces one count of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Sanjeev Grover, a Lutz physician, was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for distributing the painkiller oxycodone outside the scope of his practice. Grover also was ordered to relinquish his medical license with the state and his Drug Enforcement Administration number. He had previously pleaded guilty.
As reported in the Tampa Bay Times, a Pinellas-Pasco judge granted a hearing for Stephanie Spurgeon to determine if there is evidence to support a dismissal or new trial in a manslaughter case pending against her. Spurgeon, a Palm Harbor day care owner, argues that the state withheld evidence that could have changed the verdict.
As reported in the Tampa Bay Times last month, former Palm Harbor day care provider Stephanie Spurgeon was acquitted of first-degree murder and convicted of a lesser offense, manslaughter, subsequent to the death of 1-year-old Maria Harris in August 2008.
As reported by the Tampa Bay Times and Channel 8 News, the Pinellas County murder trial of Stephanie Spurgeon began last week. Ms. Spurgeon is being defended by attorneys Bjorn Brunvand and Ron Kurpiers. Ms. Spurgeon is a former Palm Harbor day care owner accused of killing a 1-year-old by shaking the girl to death, despite no one witnessing any abusive action.
Two and a half years after the August 2009 car crash that killed Leigh Ann Hallett and Robert Hallett of New Port Richey, 27-year-old Michelle Marie Jensen was charged with DUI manslaughter and arrested. After being booked into the Pinellas County Jail this week, she was released on $40,000 bond.