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April 2013 Archives

Florida man sentenced on data theft charge

A 39-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for theft of hospital data. The man had previously worked at an injury hotline. He was convicted of paying a husband and wife, who worked for Florida Hospital, to access patient data illegally and convey it to him. The case was rather broad in scope, with the theft of thousands of patient records occurring in a number of Florida hospitals. Those records, mainly of vehicle accident patients, were allegedly sold to the former injury hotline worker, who then used the information to solicit patients for lawyers and chiropractors that he was supposedly associated with. Some patients received referrals over the phone within a week of their hospital visit from callers with knowledge of their accidents. 

Florida man faces multiple drug charges

A 22-year-old Florida man faces multiple criminal charges related to drugs. The resident of Palm Coast, Florida, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. The case is pending and additional criminal charges are possible.The case developed after citizen tips prompted an investigation by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. Officers developed evidence over a one-month-long investigation, which is also under review by criminal defense attorneys. The Flagler County Sheriff said his agency often relies on citizen communications in identifying possible drug suspects and encourages private citizens to provide information about suspicious drug or criminal activity.

Shooting suspect turns himself in after video surfaces

A suspect in a March 24 shooting has turned himself into police after witnesses identified him from surveillance video. The 22-year-old man is being charged with first-degree murder due to the fact that the victim succumbed to his injuries shortly after the shooting. The suspect in the case allegedly had a fight with the victim the day before the shooting took place. A witness claimed that this was the motivation for the suspect confronting the victim at a local food store. Surveillance video shows a man that witnesses identified as the suspect engaged in a conversation with the victim. The victim is then shown being shot down by the other man in the video.

Spring Hill couple faces drug charges after search

A 36-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested at their Spring Hill home after police searched the house on a warrant March 15 and allegedly found cash, a stolen handgun and drugs. The pair faces drug offenses that include marijuana possession with intent to sell and cocaine trafficking. Police seized approximately 80 grams of marijuana, less than five ounces of crack cocaine, drug-making paraphernalia and a handgun that was reportedly stolen during a Hernando County burglary in 2011. The couple has also been charged with possession of structure for drug manufacturing with minor children present. The 36-year-old man also faces charges of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing of stolen property and possession a controlled substance. He remains in jail due to a prior cocaine trafficking charge in January. The 27-year-old female was released on a bond of $85,500.

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