Swindling Is Actually A Real Crime
Calling someone a cheap swindler is a quick way to discount someone’s credibility. The term swindler implies that a person has cheated you or stolen from you in a sneaky way. It turns out this term isn’t just an insult, it’s a real crime you can be charged with.
Tammy Storms is a 46-year-old resident of Clearwater who has been convicted of four counts of theft by swindle. Storms worked at AgStar Financial as a loan officer where she took out several loans in other people’s name to pay for personal expenses.
As a loan officer, Storms has access to a wide range of people’s personal information like social security number and birthdays. She was also able to push the paperwork through undetected for a long time.
She was only caught because she took a loan out in her father-in-law’s name and he was alarmed when AgStar called him asking about the loan he didn’t know about. He reported the loan to the police, and they were able to follow the trail to Storms.
She plead guilty to all four counts and was sentenced to 34 months in prison. The court also ordered her to pay $153,000 in restitution.
White collar crimes like these typically seem like a harmless way to make quick cash. Even though Florida has somewhat lenient penalties compared to other states, the penalties are still real.
Studies show that fraud, embezzlement, and identity theft have all been on the rise over the past couple of years. At Bauer, Crider, Kenney & Parry we have successfully defended multiple clients in white collar crimes cases.