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Florida school district investigation is more than academic

Anyone who knows the name of the Florida school system that recently held a "Brain Bowl" competition among high school teams deserves a pat on the back. If you guessed the Leon County system, you were correct. And if you knew that Leon County Schools is also the focus of an FBI investigation, give yourself another pat.

FBI agents investigating allegations of bribery, fraud and theft in federally funded programs recently raided the school district's technology center, seizing email archives. Last fall, a federal grand jury issued a subpoena for documents related to 17 school construction projects over the past 8 years.

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Title fraud investigation ends in arrest

A little more than a three-hour drive south of Orlando is the Gulf Coast village of Estero, Florida, known for its calm beaches, spectacular sunsets and shell mounds. The quiet of that pastoral setting was recently broken by the arrest of a local title agent.

The 56-year-old is accused by the Florida Department of Financial Services and State Attorney of embezzling more than $705,000 in escrow funds. She has been charged with first-degree grand theft and fraud.

J & J Subsidiary Pleads Guilty of Tylenol Contamination

The Justice Department recently announced that McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, entered a guilty plea in federal court to a crime growing out of the investigation into the tainted production of Tylenol. The guilty plea resulted in a fine of $25 million.

Capital fund manager arrested in Florida for securities fraud

Residents of the Empire State have long fled the cold northern clime for Florida sunshine. So it was no surprise that a New York venture capital fund manager from Buffalo was arrested at a second home in a modest, beachside community south of Orlando.

The 39-year-old man taken into custody in Lake Worth is charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and perjury. A U.S. Attorney accuses him of defrauding investors of at least $5 million in a "Ponzi-like scheme." He's accused of selling investors on the idea of buying stock in popular companies such as Twitter and Uber before their IPOs.

Florida prosecutor touts "a new type of criminalization"

"Revenge porn" is a term used with increasing frequency in the media. For those unfamiliar with it, the phrase refers to intimate videos or photos taken during a relationship and then disseminated publicly, and without permission, after the relationship ends.

News articles have been written in recent days about social media websites battling to block revenge porn and about locales where law enforcement is getting involved. One of those places is very familiar: Florida.

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