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Talk of the bay

Published November 13, 2006


The story of the Bonnie and Clyde of mortgages 

Turns out that the elusive Matthew B. Cox, on the Secret Service's most-wanted list for a mortgage fraud spree originating in Tampa, went on the lam in December 2003 after finding out the St. Petersburg Times was planning a major expose. So reports Fortune magazine in an exhaustive inquisition into Cox and his former partner, Rebecca Hauck, who has since been arrested. In a jailhouse interview, Hauck said Cox has managed to stay at large in part because he's a master at stealing identities. Fortune says Hauck indicated "Cox knew he'd be nabbed if he stuck around Tampa." The mag also reiterates the Cox/Hauck nickname as "the Bonnie and Clyde of mortgage fraud," holding them up as a poster couple for the country's fastest-growing white-collar crime.

You're never too young for facelift

Grand magazine may be just 2 years old, but the Gulfport publication has gotten a facelift. Founder Christine Crosby said she turned to redesign guru Roger Black of DaniloBlack Inc. this year after several large advertisers called Grand a little "homespun" compared to other national lifestyle magazines. Crosby introduced the changes gradually over three issues, concluding with the November/December edition.

Agents court their own 'spheres'

Yes, real estate agents are fleeing their field as home sales slide. But contrary to expectations, some companies are putting out help wanted signs. Among them is Beggins Century 21 Enterprises in Hillsborough County. New real estate agents bring fresh clients to the table in the form of family and friends, what owner Craig Beggins calls an agent's "sphere of influence." But the hires can't relax in a tough market. "Just stick a sign in the yard? That game doesn't work anymore," Beggins said.

Soft market? Glazer pad sells for $13M

Joel Glazer, son of billionaire Tampa Bay Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer and Bucs executive vice president, is on the move. Glazer and his wife, Angela, have reportedly sold their house in Palm Beach for just less than $13-million. For the curious: The French Regency-style home boasted six bedrooms, a media room and a 50-foot-long living room facing the water within its 10,000 square feet. Glazer had bought the joint from former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy for $12.75-million.

[Last modified November 13, 2006, 01:09:26]

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