Sisters Sentenced In $25 Million Tax Fraud SchemeU.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Petra Gomez to eight years in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the government and tax evasion. She had pleaded guilty on November 16, 2020. Gomez’s sister, Jakeline Lumucso, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government and was sentenced in April 2021 to four years in federal prison.
Man Sentenced For Recieving Child Sexual Abuse Images Using A Popular Online AppU.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced John Robert Cooney (54, Orlando) to 12 years in federal prison for receiving images of children being sexually abused using an online social media application (app).
Three Men Sentenced For The Robbery Of A Cellphone StoreThree men have been sentenced to federal prison for aiding and abetting the robbery of a cellphone store and aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm during a robbery. 
Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced For Distributing Child Sexual Abuse MaterialU.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Jeffery Stephen Heck, Jr. (28, Titusville) to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child sexual abuse material. Heck was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release, register as a sex offender, and forfeit his smartphone.
Man Sentenced To Prison For Aiding And Assisting In Preparation Of False Tax ReturnU.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger today sentenced Joseph Amaya to 12 months in federal prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. The court also ordered Amaya to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. 
Orlando Man Sentenced For Conspiring And Intent To Distribute FentanylU.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger today sentenced Freddie Miguel Velez-Gonzalez (53, Orlando) to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing more than 40 grams of fentanyl and more than 100 grams of heroin. 
High School Janitor Convicted For Attempting To Use Children To Produce Sexual Explicit VideosSanford Man was found guilty on Thursday, June 1, of two counts of using or attempting to use, children to produce sexual explicit videos. 
Orlando Center For Outpatient Surgery And Surgical Care Affiliates Have Agreed To Pay Settlement For False Claims ActThe Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC and Orlando Center for Outpatient Surgery, LP have agreed to pay the United States $3.4 million to resolve allegations that both companies violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for kidney stone procedures that were not medically justified and for engaging in an illegal kickback arrangement.
Man Sentenced For Passport Fraud And Illegally Reentering After DeportationMan sentenced to 32 months in federal prison for makining a false statement in a passport application, aggravated identity theft, falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, and illegally reentering the United States after being deported. 
Disney World Adjusts Mask Policy To Reflect CDC UpdatesIn a major moment for Disney parks, and the theme park industry overall, Walt Disney World changed its mask rules for guests following new guidance from the CDC.
Florida Man Faces Life In Prison For Forced ProstitutionAn Orlando man faces life in prison for his role in forcing his victim into prostitution, among other charges. 
Another Pleads Guilty In Tri-Med Investment Fraud, Swindling Over 200 Victims From $10.3MA Minnesota man pleads guilty in Orlando for swindling Floridians out of millions of dollars in an investment fraud. He is the fourth person charged in this conspiracy and faces up to 20 years per each of the 20 charges against him. 
Homeland Security Nabs Repeat Child Predator Transporting Child Porn Through FloridaA repeat child predator was sentenced Thursday to more than 24 years in prison for transporting child pornography.
Florida Man Flies Drone Near Tampa Super Bowl Activities, Faces 1 Year In PrisonThink twice before flying that drone in Tampa during Super Bowl LV. An Orlando man faces up to one year in federal prison for doing so. 
St. Pete Receives Perfect Score In Nationwide LGBTQ Inclusion RankingThe City of St. Pete is beaming with pride after receiving a perfect score in a nationwide LGBTQ inclusion ranking.