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Tampa highrise resident says guard when nuts when he used women’s bathroom

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We’ve all been there. You need the bathroom, but it’s occupied; you just go into the other one, even if it’s designated a male or female. You know it’s a single use, so what’s the harm? You’ll be the only one in there. No harm, no foul. Besides, you need to pee. This appears to be what happened to Mikhail Ostryakov, 26, a resident of The Element Apartments on Franklin Street in Tampa. On March 26, 2016, Ostrayakov was using…

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Clearwater oil-spill claims firm says employee embezzled $100,000, is holding data hostage

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Mark Bushee is in the oil spill claims business. Since 2010, the 50-year-old from Clearwater Beach has served as operations manager of Stout Law Firm. Which partners with Winward Group LLC of St. Petersburg. Together, they process oil spill claims on behalf of British Petroleum. Winward Group and its St. Petersburg-based attorney, C. Byron Stout, 48, are alleging Bushee embezzled more than $100,000. If that wasn’t enough, the group also claims the soon-to-be-former employee also stole a host of Stout…

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Vacant Edward White Hospital sues state, county over $118K property tax bill

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Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg operated from 1976 until it was bought by hospital giant HCA, which closed the facility in late 2014. However, in 2015 the Pinellas County tax collector issued the hospital with a property tax bill of $118,657 for the now vacant building. Edward White Hospital Inc., an entity of HCA, is suing the executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue, Leon M. Biegalski, as well as tax collector, Diane Nelson and property appraiser Pam Dubrov.…

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Did suspended attorney steal funds from disabled girl?

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Tampa attorney David Whigham made a career setting up special needs trusts for his clients, acting as a guardian of such trusts in at least dozens — and possibly hundreds — of cases. However, Whigham’s law license was suspended in March 2016 after the Florida Bar accused him of stealing at least $899,431 from the Joseph E. Steurlein Revocable Living Trust. According to court documents, the Bar accused Whigham, 48, of “causing great public harm by misappropriating client funds to be…

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Disgraced former WellCare exec looking to cash out

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In May 2014, former WellCare Chief Executive Todd Farha of Tampa was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the Florida Medicaid program. Farha, along with WellCare executives, Paul Behrens and William Kale, former vice president of government and regulatory affairs, had orchestrated a scheme from the summer of 2003 through the fall of 2007 to defraud the state of over $30 million by submitting exaggerated expense reports. Along with the federal prison term, Farha was fined…

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Tampa Bay Bucs and their frustrating faxes

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Remember faxes? Clicks and whirs of a modem connecting and the arrival of pages and pages of (often useless) information wasting ink and costing time or money. The beauty of faxes was they were relatively cheap, at least for the sender, and somewhat hard to stop. For the price of a short phone call, a business could reach hundreds or sometimes thousands of potential customers. For years, business and organizations would be bombarded by pages and pages of text, sent…

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Bayfront hospital accused of incorrectly billing mother of triplets

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In May 2015, Susan Ohle of St. Petersburg gave birth to triplets at the cities Bayfront hospital. The three new babies were immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care wing at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The babies were never admitted to Bayfront and certainly didn’t enjoy any time in the hospital. Later, when Ohle received her bill for the children’s delivery she noticed a strange $3,025 “Nursery Level II” charge from Bayfront for each child, a total of $9,075. Her babies had never spent…

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