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Man accused of making clients pay for what?!?

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 27, 2007


A COUNTY EMPLOYEE REPEATEDLY TRICKED TWO CUSTOMERS INTO PAYING HIM FOR THE RIGHT TO HAUL WASTEWATER-TREATMENT BYPRODUCTS AWAY FROM A PLANT ON HAYS ROAD, AUTHORITIES SAID. JOSE CANALES, 48, OF 4622 WISHART BLVD., TAMPA, WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY MORNING AND CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF ORGANIZED SCHEME TO DEFRAUD. ACCORDING TO AN ARREST REPORT FROM THE PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, CANALES MADE TWO CUSTOMERS PAY HIM $100 EACH PER WEEK, PLUS $50 ON SATURDAYS, FOR THE LOADS. IN ALL, HE TOOK ABOUT $2,400 FROM EACH OF THEM OVER THE PAST SIX OR SEVEN MONTHS, THE REPORT SAID. Why would anyone pay for the stuff? Treated wastewater can be used to irrigate crops.

Clarifications

- The driver in a Friday story whose blood-alcohol level was 0.481 was driving a Chevrolet Astro van. Neither the driver nor his vehicle is affiliated with New Port Richey-based Astro Limo.

- Although the Pasco County school district has raised questions about how money was handled at two charter schools, charges were filed in just one case, in which an employee of Deerwood Academy was found guilty of racketeering. The second investigation, involving the Language Academy, never resulted in criminal proceedings. A story Friday was unclear on the distinction.