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By Times Staff Writer
Published February 14, 2008
WOMAN GUILTY IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
A Hillsborough County woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scam. Adrienne L. White, 37, faces up to five years in prison for racketeering and conspiracy. She entered her plea Tuesday in a Polk County court. No sentencing date has been set. The state Attorney General's Office said she joined in a scheme involving nearly 130 fraudulent documents submitted to Argent Mortgage Co. for about $13-million in home loans. State prosecutors said White processed 30 residential mortgage loans totaling nearly $3-million.
Slain woman's son is arrested
A man who lived part time with a slain Pasco County couple has been arrested on drug charges. Jackie Lee Braden, 36, was arrested at a Pinellas County beach hotel hours after the bodies of his mother and stepfather were found Monday evening at their Shady Hills home near the Suncoast Parkway. Authorities have not said how David and Sherrill Wright, both 54, were killed. Acting on a tip, deputies went to the Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach and found Braden and Christopher Jay Catalano in a guest room, along with 40 to 60 pounds of marijuana and $194,000 in cash, Pinellas sheriff's officials said. They also found David Wright's silver Toyota pickup. Braden is considered a person of interest in the slayings - Catalano is not. Braden is in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $155,000 bail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Homeowner jailed during drug raid
Pasco County and federal agents raided an upscale home in Magnolia Estates on Tuesday morning and found cocaine, narcotic pills and drug paraphernalia, a sheriff's report says. Lucilo Fresno, 39, the owner at 2053 Tarragon Lane, was charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking controlled substances, drug possession, possession of paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. The report says Fresno flushed some cocaine down the toilet as agents came into the house. Fresno remained in jail Wednesday. His bail was set at $160,250.