A federal jury sitting in Tampa this month found Galal Ramadan guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and fourteen counts of mail fraud. Ramadan, who lives in Tampa, faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison on each count at sentencing. He is currently scheduled to be sentenced on November 1, 2012.
Russell B. Simmon Jr., operator of Simmons Auto Sales on 34th Street in Tampa was indicted on fraud charges this week, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Tampa. The used car dealer is accused of accepting fraudulent tax refund checks as payment by customers and filing his own false tax returns. Authorities claim his scheme netted $1.17 million.
Two local businessmen were named in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday accusing them of conspiring to profit from fraudulent tax refund checks. Osama "Sam" Mahmud Mustafa of Riverview and Khaldoun "Tony" Khalil Khawaja of Tampa, as well as Khawaja's brother, Muawia "Mike" Khalil Abdeljalil, are all charged.
Federal prosecutors in Tampa unsealed a thirty-count indictment this week charging Luis Duluc, formerly of Weston, Florida, and Margarita Grishkoff of North Carolina with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and additional substantive counts of health care fraud, making false statements related to a health care matter, and aggravated identity theft.
Ravinder Reddy Allala of Cumming, Georgia was recently sentenced in a Tampa federal courtroom to 40 months in federal prison for visa fraud and conspiracy. Allala previously pleaded guilty on November 3, 2011 and reappeared this month for sentencing.
A federal judge in Tampa sentenced Shawntrece Sims to nine years in federal prison for tax fraud and mail fraud earlier this month. Sims pleaded guilty last March, admitting to preparing and electronically filing false income tax returns to get tax refunds exceeding $250,000 for 2008.
A seven-woman, five-man jury found former Hillsborough County commissioner Kevin White guilty of seven out of 10 federal charges in his public corruption trial this week. The trial took eight days and the jury deliberated for approximately six hours before returning its verdict.
Jon Jerald Hammill of St. Petersburg pleaded guilty in a Tampa federal court earlier this month to bankruptcy fraud. According to court documents, Hammill failed to disclose any investment or employment with a company named Botfly, LLC when he filed for bankruptcy in 2009. It was also alleged that he had Botfly income re-directed to a shell corporation to conceal that income from the bankruptcy court, bankruptcy trustee and creditors.
A federal jury in Tampa found Scott Allan Bennett of Washington, DC guilty this month of lying to government officials to obtain housing on MacDill Air Force Base, as well as wearing a U.S. military uniform without authorization and violating a defense property security regulation with regard to firearms he had on MacDill Air Force Base. At his sentencing hearing in October, Bennett faces a maximum penalty of seven-and-a-half years in federal prison.
Earlier this month, a Tampa federal judge sentenced three Michigan residents for bank fraud, mail theft, and aggravated identity theft that occurred in Duval, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole Counties between 2007 and 2009.