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Jaws of Life used in officer involved crash overnight

Jaws of Life used in officer involved crash overnight

Tampa - During his overnight shift, Sgt. Robert Nassief attempted to make a traffic stop at Hillsborough Ave and 43rd St.  As Officer Nassief approached the vehicle the vehicle slowed down as if it was going to stop, but abruptly made a U-turn, fleeing from the officer at a high rate of speed.

As Officer Nassief was searching for the vehicle, the suspect went through a stop sign at a high rate of speed and Officer Nassief's car t-boned the suspect's vehicle.

Police: ID theft ring cost taxpayers hundreds of millions

Police: ID theft ring cost taxpayers hundreds of millions

TAMPA, Florida -- On Friday, Tampa police announced the arrest of 49 people as part of what they're calling "Operation Rainmaker."

Detectives call it an ID theft scam that is costing Tampa taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Police say it started with thieves stealing the social security numbers of dead and living people.

Logan Pennypacker is one of those people. He's a disabled 27-year-old whose parents say they couldn't have worked enough last year to earn a $2,300 tax refund.

But yet, police say Reginald Jennings put that amount in his pocket by stealing Pennypacker's identity.

Man robs two banks in Tampa

Man robs two banks in Tampa

Temple Terrace, FL -- Tampa Police need the public's help to find the man who robbed two SunTrust banks in Temple Terrace Friday.

According to police, the man went into the first bank, located at 6925 N. 56th Street, on Sept. 2 around 10:40 a.m. and handed the teller a demand note.

The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. A short time later, the man robbed another SunTrust Bank, at 601 Platt Street West.

Mistrial declared in machete slaying trial

Mistrial declared in machete slaying trial

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - A man accused of hacking his girlfriend to death with a machete told his attorney he's hearing voices, putting an abrupt end to his murder trial.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente declared a mistrial Wednesday after Alexander Cote Ferrer told his public defender he was hearing voices.

The attorney reported it to Fuente, who under Florida law was compelled to order a mental evaluation before the trial could proceed.

Man sentenced in $6.8 million Medicare scam

Man sentenced in $6.8 million Medicare scam

Plant City, FL -- A Plant City man was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in federal prison Tuesday for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and submitting false claims.

According to the U.S. State Attorney's Office, Ben Bane, 64, was found guilty by federal jury on Dec. 15, 2010, after a 6-week trial revealed his company Bane Medical Services, a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) company that provided oxygen and oxygen-related services to Medicare beneficiaries, fraudulently obtained more than $6.8 million from Medicare.

It was revealed during the trial that Bane Medical performed the wrong kind of tests and lied to doctors about them. The company falsified tests to make it appear that patients qualified for Medicare-reimbursed oxygen when they did not and forged doctors' signatures on Certificates of Medical Necessity.

Police shut down Tampa counterfeiting operation

Police shut down Tampa counterfeiting operation

Tampa, FL -- A Tampa man was arrested Monday, Aug. 22 after police discovered he was printing and selling counterfeit money from his home.

According to police, during the month of August, police became aware that Derek J. Shaw was using his home to sell counterfeit money. Rapid Offender Control (ROC) officers and the Secret Service used an undercover agent to make several purchases from Shaw.

The 3-week long undercover investigation ended with police confiscating a significant amount of counterfeit money and the equipment used to make it from 19-year-old Shaw's apartment on E 108th Avenue.

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