Written by Keith Blackmar, Public Information Officer, WCSO Wednesday, 25 July 2012 07:29
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to investigate a possible fraud that occurred on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and July 21 at the Moose Lodge in Panacea, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.
A woman, Susan Hayden Daniels, 54, of Jupiter, met with Panacea fishermen claiming she was representing a Texas law firm handling Deepwater Horizon claims.
During the course of the two meetings, Daniels ordered 75 meals from Posey’s Steam Room. Daniels provided a credit card to pay for the meals but her card only partially covered the cost. WCSO investigators discussed the outstanding bill with Daniels by telephone and she refused to return to Wakulla County to address the issue. As a result, Daniels has an active warrant for defrauding an innkeeper.
WCSO investigators have been in contact with representatives of the Florida Attorney General’s office and Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s office in an effort to determine if any illegal activity has occurred related to the claims process or personal information received from Panacea area commercial fishermen.
State aquaculture officials report that any information regarding dangers of catching or eating Florida seafood is false. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials continue to monitor water quality and report that the water and seafood are not tainted in any way.
The public is strongly encouraged to carefully verify anyone claiming to represent their interests in litigation over the Deepwater Horizon claims process which is now based at U.S. District Court in New Orleans. Avoid giving out personal information at any time.
An official site for fraud complaints related to Deepwater Horizon is available to anyone who thinks they may be a victim. The telephone number is 877-623-3423. The line is active and they are accepting calls. A web site is also available for citizens to visit: http://www.deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com/fraud.php.
The overall investigation is ongoing and efforts are underway to bring Daniels back to Wakulla County to face charges in Crawfordville.
WCSO will forward the investigative report and it will be assigned to Federal Law Enforcement officials
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