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Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

A Pensacola business owner arrested Aug. 16 faces allegations of operating a human trafficking ring under the guise of Asian massage parlors in multiple states, including locations in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. David C. Williams, 41, has been was arrested for using interstate facilities for purposes of racketeering, money laundering conspiracy and the harboring of […]

Ex-financial planner indicted for fraud

Ex-financial planner indicted for fraud

A former financial planner from Milton was indicted July 15 on charges of defrauding investors out of $500,000, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida. Former financial planner James A. Young III, 49, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand […]

Tax tips worth keeping in mind for seniors

Tax tips worth keeping in mind for seniors

Tax season is nearly finished but for those senior citizens who have yet to file, there are things to keep in mind. Of course, not all seniors have to file a return. Even for those who have filed a return already, there is information worth keeping in mind for 2020 and beyond. Read the full […]

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Two individuals in a Fort Walton Beach illegal gambling operation were ordered by a U.S. attorney to forfeit $5.8 million Monday. Larry L. Masino, 68, of Gulf Breeze and Dixie L. Masino, 66, of Pensacola were convicted in February 2018 by a federal jury of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering charges. Read […]

Five things young, student and first-time tax filers should know

Five things young, student and first-time tax filers should know

Transitioning into the workforce is often an important step into adulthood for high school and college students, but with a paycheck also comes a W-2. Navigating the complex and changing tax system can be overwhelming for first-time filers, said Chris Kelly, certified public accountant and partner in Lynchard Kelly CPA. Responding by email to a […]

What does tax reform mean for you?

What does tax reform mean for you?

The year 2017 wrapped up making history as President Donald Trump signed off on the first large-scale tax reform to be enacted since Ronald Reagan was president. For many watching the back-and-forth over the last few months, the main question was: “How will this affect me?” The answer depends on who you are, how much […]

Santa Rosa among nation’s top 50 scam targets

Santa Rosa among nation’s top 50 scam targets

If it seems that you’re getting more of those suspicious phone calls lately from someone claiming that you’re way overdue on money owed to the Internal Revenue Service or on a credit card, welcome to the club. The Escambia-Santa Rosa County area is ranked 45th among the country’s most popular markets for telephone scammers in […]

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

The daunting hodgepodge of forms and documents required to obtain some financial and medical benefits for military veterans has driven up requests for help in Santa Rosa by double digits in the past five years. But even if they lack the precious scraps of evidence to qualify for pensions, insurance and medical care, Karen Haworth […]

Stronger IRS security to delay millions of tax returns

Stronger IRS security to delay millions of tax returns

New Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations could delay tax returns to millions of middle- and low-income tax payers until at least mid-February regardless of early filing. Last year, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. The law which went into effect Jan. 1 requires any tax return filed claiming Earned Income Tax Credit […]

Jubilee owners jettison former associate

Jubilee owners jettison former associate

Round one in the legal battle over ownership of the 2,718 acres in Santa Rosa known as the Jubilee property has been won by a company that wants to essentially trade it to the county in exchange for millions of dollars in federal tax breaks. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of […]

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

A Gulf Breeze attorney faces a potential 210 years in prison pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of bank fraud, embezzlement and money laundering last week according to a press release by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Richard Michael Colbert, 55, of Pensacola Beach, is charged with one count of […]

Jubilee land claims could cost county

Jubilee land claims could cost county

If Santa Rosa officials accept the 2,718-acre parcel in Pace known as Jubilee as a donation, the county could be dragged into pending litigation over its ownership. That’s because a conflicting claim filed in Santa Rosa County Circuit Court last month clouds the rights of developers who want to trade the property for tax breaks. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 19

MAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING SENATOR TO GET OUT OF LOAN The U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa reports that a grand jury indicted 67-year-old Sidney Hines this week on five counts of impersonating a federal officer or employee. He faces up to 15 years in prison. PRISON TERM FOR FLORIDA LAWYER WHO EVADED $1.5 MILLION TAXES […]

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

Twenty years ago this week the Holley-Navarre Water System building burned including the financial records that were inside. There was an ensuing investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Internal Revenue Service. Two main suspects were named, but never charged because […]