DATELINE SARASOTA FL: Eric Robinson County School Board Member, CPA and Political Bagman Wires $119,797 to Nigerian Scammer, LOL. TIMES UNION WRITES: One of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s political committees squandered about $120,000 last year by falling victim to an elaborate phone scam that police detectives traced back to Nigeria, according to reports from a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigation that included help from the U.S. Secret Service. In May 2017, Eric Robinson — a Sarasota County School Board member and an accountant well known for representing Florida Republican political committees, including Curry’s — wired $119,797 from one of Curry’s main political committees, Build Something that Lasts, to four different addresses ranging from Wyoming and Ohio to Missouri. Robinson believed he was doing so at the request of a fundraiser who works for Curry. The payments were purportedly for catering and consulting services, paid to people with no known connection to Curry or anyone who runs his political operation. It turns out, investigators found, a phone scammer duped Robinson into believing he was Curry’s fundraiser, Kevin Hofmann of Tallahassee. Robinson didn’t realize the ruse until the real Hofmann called Robinson while he was on the phone with the impersonator. The scammer told Robinson to send money to places that all appear to be residential addresses. “Robinson had a hard time in distinguishing who was the real Kevin Hofmann,” police wrote. “Robinson does not have caller ID to identify phone numbers.” Detectives found that “just prior to any fraudulent activity taking place,” Hofmann’s computer was accessed by an IP address that originated in Nigeria, and that the phone number used to call Robinson by the imposter originated out of Luxembourg. Investigators did not pursue any leads there because they have no jurisdiction.
JON SUSCE WRITES: ERIC ROBINSON SCAMMED ON FIVE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS. The investigation concluded that on five different occasions, Robinson was duped into sending out wire transfers based on telephone conversations from his CPA office in Venice with an individual, who Robinson believed was representing Jacksonville Mayor Curry. Robinson was not talking to Curry's political operative, but to an unknown individual using a voice over internet phone number originating in Luxembourg, with an IP address listed for an LTE customer in Nigeria.
JON SUSCE WRITES IN SHT COMMENTS: Why isn't the Sarasota Herald Tribune (SHT) admitting they been sitting on this story for over a year until Jon Susce broke the story in yesterday's Sarasota Phoenix. Susce after breaking the story then contacted the Jacksonville media to inform them that the SHT has been sitting on this story for over a year and that Sheriff Tom Knight has been covering it up for over a year also. SHT was forced to write story when Jacksonville, after been informed by Susce broke the story in Jacksonville. The SHT has been covering up for Robinson for years. Susce has made a fool out of Pat Dorsey's, SHT once again. This story is FAR from being over. The cover up of a corrupt Sarasota Government has to end and be reported on.
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