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Former mayor pleads guilty to United Way fraud

On May 9, a Florida man pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tax evasion and wire fraud in a federal court in Pensacola. The defendant is the former mayor of Milton, but the charges stemmed from his job as the executive director of the Santa Rosa branch of the United Way. The branch was shut down as a result of his actions.

Florida jury rejects insanity defense in murder trial

A Florida jury deliberated for about five hours before finding a 26-year-old man guilty of murdering a 21-year-old woman in 2017. During the weeklong trial, forensic experts told the jury that the woman died after being stabbed 21 times in the West Palm Beach home she shared with the man. Following the verdict, the judge sentenced the man to life in prison in accordance with Florida's strict mandatory sentencing laws.

Man charged with murder after 2 bodies found in condo

A Florida man is facing first-degree murder charges after police discovered the bodies of two women in his luxury condo in Miami. The 46-year-old defendant allegedly confessed to the murders during a separate investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Florida man connected to sword slaying apprehended

A 32-year-old Florida man who police believe committed a murder in Miami Beach in April has been taken into custody in New York. The man is alleged to have used a sword to take the life of a 77-year-old man. Police have not revealed a possible motive for the crime, but they do say the man may have worked for a short time as the victim's caregiver.

104 arrest warrants issued for Brevard County drug traffickers

The Brevard County Sherriff’s Office six-month investigation into a drug trafficking ring has resulted in more than 60 arrests, the seizure of 75 firearms and enough fentanyl for 500,000 lethal doses. The Sherriff’s Office named three individuals—two men and one woman—as the leaders and obtained a total of 104 arrest warrants.

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti charged with fraud

In 2018, attorney Michael Avenatti made headlines by helping porn star Stormy Daniels sue President Donald Trump over a hush-money agreement she signed just before the 2016 presidential election. However, he is now making headlines for allegedly defrauding clients and failing to pay taxes.

GPS data for dead man leads authorities to murder suspect

What began as a missing person's investigation turned into a murder investigation when Alachua County Sheriff's deputies found the Florida man's body on County Road 234 near Micanopy. After locating the victim's car at an apartment complex in southwest Alachua County, authorities found a portable GPS device. Its data about the man's last trips in the vehicle revealed the address of a man who has now been charged with first-degree murder. The victim had apparently gone to that address about a month before he was reported missing.


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