2 Former State Employees Sentenced on Racketeering

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

St. Petersburg, FL (AP) - June 4, 2012 --

Two former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission employees have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for racketeering.

Allen Nelson and his wife, Melody Oakleaf-Nelson, were sentenced by a Pinellas County judge on Friday after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering.

The Nelsons and three others were charged in Feb. 2010 with making fraudulent purchases, altering invoices, falsifying billing records and bid tampering.

An agency spokeswoman said in an email Monday that the sentence makes it clear that there are significant consequences for this kind of wrong doing.

The Nelsons must also pay restitution to FWC in the amount of $553,000.

Officials say the Nelsons lived in Seminole but also had a home in Las Vegas, which they partially furnished and financed with state money.

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  • by GET THEM RICK Location: FL on Jun 4, 2012 at 08:23 PM
    i googled the story and tried to find out how they done it. but no luck. 10 years isnot enough. 553.000 of tax payers money.
  • by Tea Scott Party...HATE Location: U'r BRAIN FOOL's on Jun 4, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    OMG this shows why we should hate and spank ALL stupid state LARD-BRICKS again and again and AGAIN! They should ALL suffer the jealous wrath of those of us who NEED to be RE-ELECTED. Let us not give unto them a COLA for the next 100,000 YEARS!! WE HATE YOU...WE HATE YOU...WE HATE YOU! No Raise 4 U FOOL...HATE SPEAK...HATE SPEAK...follow me my stupid tea drinkers. HATE STATE WORKERS...BABBLE...BABBLE...BABBLE...RE-ELECT ME...HATE...HATE...HATE...!!!
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      by Mitch on Jun 5, 2012 at 05:56 AM in reply to Tea Scott Party...HATE
      I hope this is sarcasm.
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      by sdt on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM in reply to Tea Scott Party...HATE
      Your about one of the most STUPID babble mouths I've ever come across. Everybodys not a thief and they were probably republicans. Your probably jeolous of us state workers that got the good benefits. I love it. ha ha
  • by James on Jun 4, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    "and three others" Why were the "three others" not mentioned by name in the article?
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