Detectives Charge Clerk with 43 Counts in Fraud Investigation

By: LCSO Press Release
By: LCSO Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -- May 17, 2012 --

Daphne Pinedo-Ramos worked in the Traffic Division of the Clerk of Courts Office. She's accused of taking more than $8,500.00 in cash.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office said Ramos is charged in 41 separate cases. The first one dates back to December of 2010. The most recent one was this week.

Leon County Clerk of Courts, Bob Inzer, said they contacted authorities after they were alerted of a potential problem on May 14, 2012.

" It was just sporadic and limited activity and it wasn't at such a level that was really easily detectable because it was spread out over a period of time," said Inzer.

The Clerk's office said Ramos was collecting cash for citations and pocketing the money. She issued false receipts and dismissed the citation out of the system.

"We had a citizen bring back what they said was a receipt from our office where they had paid a criminal ticket and we looked at and said, That's not a receipt. And that was the flag that went up for us to start looking," said Inzer.

Ramos worked for the Leon County Clerk's Office for six years. Inzer said he believes Ramos had fallen on hard times. He said they were shocked to learn she had been stealing.

People we spoke to said they're glad she's being held accountable..

"I think it's low down and dirty and they should be prosecuted for it. It's hard on the taxpayer's money, and people shouldn't just go around and frivolously take it," said Greg Whitty of Madison, Florida.

"I had a situation a couple of years ago, and I thought it was funny that they didn't keep up with the books very well. So my recommendation to my Facebook Friends was to hold onto your receipts," said Tallahassee resident Emily York.

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Detectives Charge Clerk with 43 Counts in Fraud Investigation

Tallahassee, FL -- May 16, 2012 --

On May 15, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an employee of the Leon County Clerk’s Office was stealing money. The employee, Daphne Pinedo-Ramos, worked as a cashier
in the Traffic Division of the Clerk of Courts Office. She was responsible for accepting payments for traffic citations and receipting those payments. Another employee discovered that Ramos had
improperly disposed of 41 cases between December of 2010 and May 14, 2012. In those cases, Ramos accepted cash payments from customers, provided them with a false receipt and then kept the
cash payments. Once the payment was made, Ramos dismissed the citation. The amount of cash taken in the 41 cases totaled $8,512.00.

On 5-16-12, Financial Crimes Detectives made contact with Ramos and interviewed her. During the interview, Ramos indicated her involvement in this investigation. Ramos was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

ARRESTED

Daphne Pinedo-Ramos
38 years old

Charges: Falsifying Official Documents (41 counts), Organized Scheme to Defraud, Grand Theft


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  • by mm Location: tallahassee on May 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    I think that we al have to look deep inside and remember when we did something horribly wrong or were about to. Of course its wrong but the circumstances do matter after all this is why we have temporary insanity pleas while that does not apply to this case. Our economy had turned many people they just have not been caught yet.
  • by mm Location: tallahassee on May 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    I think that we al have to look deep inside and remember when we did something horribly wrong or were about to. Of course its wrong but the circumstances do matter after all this is why we have temporary insanity pleas while that does not apply to this case. Our economy had turned many people they just have not been caught yet.
  • by Jane Location: Tlh on May 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    Another former city employee who was a loser in that job while draining the city coffers for waste, is now finishing off the taxpayers at the county coffers. They could fire half of these freeloaders in that office and they would never be missed. How can so much corruption continue year after year, and no law enforcement ever does anything? Are they all in Vegas in a hot tub, draining off martinis?
  • by Insider trading on May 18, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    Sounds like that Doris Bonga
  • by Bruce Location: Here on May 18, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    Well, there goes her chance to clerk at Circle K....
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      by i could not do that job for $20hr. on May 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM in reply to Bruce
      i wud say it is circle-k's loss.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 04:55 AM
    Yes we are, and many of us are educated and hard working citizens. Thank you
  • by john edward's new girl Location: north carolina on May 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM
    bet she get's more time than john.
  • by Jess on May 17, 2012 at 08:26 PM
    At least it stayed of the people's driving record. She will make a cute jailbird.
  • by Notah Sheep Location: online on May 17, 2012 at 07:41 PM
    LOL sad but oh so true - not that Dems don't steal too - but at least they let you keep the change
  • by Fed upT Location: Tlh on May 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    A qualify clerk of the circuit court would be on the ball checking on all departments he is in control of, instead of goofing off, going home early and not paying attention to what is going on. A quality person elected to this office would have caught the stealing. What you have is the former employee of the city of Tallahassee, just looking for more taxpayer money and retirement benefits, with paid vacations and doing nothing and getting paid. It is time the taxpayers votoed a new dog in to take care of this office.
    • reply
      by B on May 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM in reply to Fed upT
      Exactly. He was too busy working to get the performing arts center pushed down our throats. No telling how much of that money was stolen, misused or squandered. Inzer said she must have fallen on hard times. Give me a break. That doesn't mean she can steal.
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