Florida man charged with changing governor’s voting address

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn’t initially cast his ballot this week because someone changed his address online, a snafu that resulted in a suspect’s arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration system.



Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

DeSantis went to an early voting site in Tallahassee on Monday to cast his ballot, but was told his address had been changed from the governor’s mansion to 2185 Pretty Lane, a small apartment complex in West Palm Beach, 420 miles (675 kilometers) away.

He contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which determined the record had been changed online from a house in Naples, Florida.

The FDLE says in court records filed in Collier County

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KZN man arrested for advertising house for sale without owner’s knowledge

By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Time of article published29m ago

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Durban – A 47-year-old man who allegedly posed as an estate agent has been charged for fraud and is expected to make his first appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court later today.

KZN police said the man was arrested on Monday at his rented office in Windermere Durban.

Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said the suspect was positively linked to a case of fraud where the complainant saw an advert of a house on sale in Umlazi via social media.

“It appeared that the house the suspect was selling belongs to somebody else and it was placed on sale without the owner’s knowledge.

“The price of the house that was about to be fraudulently sold to different people without the owners knowledge was R220 000.”

Gwala said the suspect’s laptop, cellphone and fraudulent documents were

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Man killed in Inver Grove Heights condo fire is identified

The Inver Grove Heights fire chief says a man killed in a condominium fire Sunday night may not have died if the building had sprinklers.

Firefighters found Timothy Wagner, 64, dead inside one of the units when they arrived on the 3800 block of Conroy Trail.

A neighbor called in the fire about 8:50 p.m. Two crews arrived and found “heavy fire and smoke” in one of the condominiums, said Fire Chief Judy Thill.

One crew knocked down the blaze and a second crew went inside and found Wagner, Thill said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire, which was contained to the unit where Wagner was found. There were no other injuries, Thill said.

The condominium was built in the 1970s and sprinklers were not required at that time.

“There is a high likelihood that fire sprinklers would have prevented the fire from growing very big

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Wisconsin man accused of killing man over stolen reptiles

WAUPACA, Wis. – A Wisconsin man accused of killing a young man in a dispute over stolen reptiles has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Bill Zelenski, 44, of Waupaca, is accused of shooting the 18-year-old late Monday. The victim’s name was not immediately released, but the victim’s mother, Tiffany Powell, 34, was charged with first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime.

Their attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

The dispute was over $27,850 worth of reptiles and equipment, WLUK-TV reported. Waupaca County Judge Ramond Huber ordered Zelenski held without bond. Powell was jailed on a probation hold, but the judge also set a $500,000 cash bond.

According to a criminal complaint, Zelenski called authorities Monday night to identify two young people who he said burglarized his home last week. According to the complaint, several reptiles — including Mexican bearded lizards worth $17,000 —

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Michigan Man Wins $2 Million After Accidentally Buying Extra Lotto Ticket

You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery, but lightning struck twice for one Michigan man who accidentally purchased two lotto tickets with the same numbers. Dearborn Heights, Michigan resident Samir Mazahem walked away with $2 million after mistakenly purchasing an extra ticket. 

The 56-year-old said he was saving his numbers for a single $2 lotto ticket in an app when he slipped up and purchased a second ticket. Both tickets were winners, to the tune of a million each. 

When Mazahem initially made the mistake, he said he was “a little bummed but didn’t think much about it.” That feeling quickly turned around when he went to check his numbers and found he was a winner twice-over. 

“I couldn’t believe it was real,” Mazahem told the Associated Press. “It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had

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Man wins $2M after mistakenly buying extra lottery ticket

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket has won two $1 million jackpots.

Samir Mazahem, 56, of Dearborn Heights said he was saving numbers on a lottery app after buying a $2 ticket for the June 9 Mega Millions game. He then realized that he had purchased a second ticket with the same numbers.

“I was a little bummed but didn’t think much about it,” Mazahem said.

Until he recently logged onto the app and found he had two $1 million winners.

“I couldn’t believe it was real,” Mazahem said. “It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had paid off to the tune of $2 million!”

He recently claimed his prize and plans to buy a new house and save the rest.

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Indictment filed against Columbus man featured in Dispatch series on foreclosure scams

A Columbus man whose company was identified in a Dispatch investigation as obtaining and cashing a $38,000 check that belonged to a foreclosed homeowner was indicted Tuesday for that case and other alleged schemes that cost victims more than $400,000.



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Carl Levell Renier, 48, faces a 36-count indictment that includes a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and multiple felony counts of identity fraud, forgery, money laundering, tampering with records, theft and crimes against the elderly, the Franklin County prosecutor’s office announced.

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Foreclosed & Fleeced, an award-winning Dispatch investigative series, reported in August 2019 about how some foreclosed homeowners are cheated out of surplus funds that remain after the sheriff sales of their properties. The series prompted an investigation of Renier by the Franklin County sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s investigation determined that, in

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Man arrested for fraudulently charging Deltona woman for fence

Patricio G. Balona
 
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

A man who relocated to Florida after he was convicted of stealing money from his contracting business customers in North Dakota, was arrested on Wednesday accused of stealing money from a Deltona woman who paid for a fence that was not built, Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators said.

Kenneth Lee Huffstutler, Jr., 39, who was identified as a contractor in his arrest report, was charged with an organized scheme to defraud and communications fraud of $300 or more. He was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail on $5,000 bail, according to court records.

A detailed report by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office shows that Huffstutler had been doing business between North Dakota and Florida for the last 10 years and has operated several construction-related businesses with his girlfriend Leslie Victoria Crawford, 34. Investigators said the couple also kept changing addresses of their

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Columbus man faces indictment for fraud related to multiple properties

John Futty
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

A Columbus man whose company was identified in a Dispatch investigation as obtaining and cashing a $38,000 check that belonged to a foreclosed homeowner was indicted Tuesday for that case and other alleged schemes that cost victims more than $400,000.

Carl Levell Renier, 48, faces a 36-count indictment that includes a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and multiple felony counts of identity fraud, forgery, money laundering, tampering with records, theft and crimes against the elderly, the Franklin County prosecutor’s office announced.

Foreclosed & Fleeced, an award-winning Dispatch investigative series, reported in August 2019 about how some foreclosed homeowners are cheated out of surplus funds that remain after the sheriff sales of their properties. The series prompted an investigation of Renier by the Franklin County sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s investigation determined that, in addition to the crimes committed against the foreclosed

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Man admits faking bank documents for $1.3 million loan on CNY castle estate (report)

A New York man has admitted to forging bank documents for a $1.3 million loan to buy a Central New York castle estate.

WKTV reports Jason Safford, 45, of Queens, pleaded guilty to bank fraud, attempted wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a mortgage refinance loan for Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Safford illegally obtained the loan on behalf of his company, Safflyn Green Industries, which operates Gelston Estates.

According to the Times Telegram, a nearly two-year investigation by the FBI determined Safford used fake bank statements and deposit documents, as well as a false appraisal for the property, to get a $1.3 million from RS Lending in 2016. Safford also used forged documents in 2018 for a $2 million loan application on 980 Robinson Road, a property next to Gelston Estates; appraisal documents valued the Gelston property at $325,000 but he

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