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OPERATION ANYTHING FOR A BUCK — The store was a victim of its own success (November 2, 2011) …..item 2.. They are now charging Feiss with grand theft in excess of 0,000, money laundering, fraud and exploitation of the elderly. (January 20, 2012) …
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When a new business opened in Brownsville in February, the operators put out fliers saying they would buy anything with no questions asked.

Customers were quick to respond, coming in droves to the building in the 1400 block of Pace Boulevard with guns, jewelry, tools, cameras, laptops, GPS devices and drugs to sell.

On Wednesday, the sellers got a big surprise.

The storefront, called Anything for a Dollar, was a state and federal law enforcement operation manned by undercover deputies and federal agents.

Seventy-five people have been charged in the 8-month operation that law officers dubbed Operation Anything for a Buck.

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From left, U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, State Attorney Bill Eddins, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendall Hall and Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons address the media about Operation Anything For A Buck. / Gary McCracken/gmccracken@pnj.com

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…..item 1)….. Pensacola News Journal….. www.pnj.com ….Police charge 75 in sting that nets firearms, ammo, drugs

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Many were convicted felons charged with illegal possession of guns. Others were charged with drug distribution or dealing in stolen property.

The take for law enforcement included 270 handguns, rifles, assault weapons and sawed-off shotguns and more than 2,600 rounds of ammunition.

‘Amazing’ success
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office put together the plan for the operation last year as part of an effort to fight violent crime, and other law enforcement agencies eagerly joined in, Sheriff David Morgan said.

"It’s amazing what this operation resulted in," he said. "I think everybody is kind of stunned, to be honest with you."

Local, state and federal officers began rounding up the suspects Wednesday morning. Of the 53 facing state charges, 40 have been arrested. Of the 22 facing federal charges, 16 have been arrested.

Ballistic tests will be performed on the guns to see whether they have been used in crimes, Morgan said.

State Attorney Bill Eddins said the operation is one the most successful of its kind.

"One of the things that we learned is per capita, the amount of guns we have taken off the street in this operation is larger than most operations of this nature that have occurred throughout the country," he said.

The storefront
The operation was centered in a building that is connected to a car repair shop at Pace Boulevard and Godfrey Street. The building sits across from other businesses, including a nail shop, barber shop and a convenience store.

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Anthony Murphy, owner of the barber shop, said he understands the purpose of the operation but wishes it had taken place somewhere else.

He fears that people will think twice about coming to the area to patronize businesses.

"It’s the hot spot in town now," he said.

Operations
To get the operation started, officers put items in the store to sell and handed out fliers. Undercover Escambia County deputies and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents manned the store.

"We were actually surprised at the number of people that came in," sheriff’s Lt. Ray Briggs said.

When items were brought to the store, the customers and undercover officers negotiated a deal, much like what occurs in a pawn shop or gun store.

The lowest amount paid for a gun was , and the most was ,000, said Steven Desposito, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Pensacola.

More than 100 drug transactions took place during the operation. The drugs sold to undercover officers included cocaine, marijuana and prescriptions drugs.

The store was a victim of its own success. It was broken into once, and items were shoplifted, Briggs said.

"The only problem was they were nice enough to leave their fingerprints behind," Briggs said.

Briggs would not say whether any burglars were arrested.

‘A little safer’
Law enforcement officials hope the arrests and the recovery of the guns will have an effect on violent crime.

"The residents of Escambia County and communities across the state can feel a little safer … thanks to the tireless efforts of the brave law enforcement officers and agents who took part in this effort," U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh said.

Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons said the recovery of the guns will mean a lot to officers patrolling the streets, too.

"You take any gun off the streets, it helps," he said. "To have 270 taken, to say that I will sleep better … is an understatement."
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…..item 2)…. WCTV.TV News …. www.wctv.tv/home … Updated: 11:15 PM Jan 20, 2012

[UPDATE] Man Accused of Stealing from Little League Arrested Again
Robert Feiss has been arrested for money laundering, fraud, exploitation of the elderly and the theft of more than 0,000.

Posted: 8:59 AM Jan 20, 2012
Reporter: Julie Montanaro
Email Address: julie.montanaro@wctv.tv

Man Accused of Stealing from Little League Arrested Again 1-20 Noon
Man Accused of Stealing from Little League Arrested Again 1-20 6p

Feiss Probable Cause …. LCSO Case #11 – 255051 … Detective Hilderbrandt #375

Defendent …. Robert George Feiss …

Charge … Grand Theft, Money Laundering, Exploitation of the Elderly, Organized Scheme to Defraud

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UPDATED 1.20.2012 2pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is accused of stealing nearly three quarters of a million dollars from elderly insurance customers and deputies say he was laundering the money though the Chaires Capitola Little League.

In December 2011, Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested 42 -year-old Robert Feiss for grand theft and estimated losses to his employer, State Farm, and the little league at roughly ,000.

Detectives seized three of Feiss’s computers and the little league’s financial records and continued to investigate.

They are now charging Feiss with grand theft in excess of 0,000, money laundering, fraud and explotiation of the elderly.

Detectives say Feiss sold fake certificates of deposit from State Farm Bank to a 94 year old man and a couple in their 70’s.

Deputies say on seven different occasions Feiss went to the home of the 94 year old man. Each time, they say, the man handed over a signed, blank check with which to buy the CD’s.

Detectives say Feiss never bought those CD’s and from August 2009 until March 2011, Feiss stole 4,000 from the man.

Detectives say the couple in their 70’s met Feiss at their bank on three different occassions and handed over cashier’s checks to Feiss. Those cashier’s checks totalled 0,000.

Deputies say Feiss deposited all of that money into the Chaires Capitola Little League account – where he served as treasurer – and would then write personal checks to himself or would transfer the money to other accounts.

Detectives say Feiss used at least 2,500 of that money to make improvements at his home on Summerlin Drive.

We have a call in to Feiss’s attorney to see if he has anything to say about this week’s arrest.

The couple who was victimized did not want to comment on Feiss’s arrest or their loss of 0,000.

We are trying to reach the 94 year old man for comment.

We are also trying to reach State Farm Agent Tom Graham for comment. He is Feiss’s boss and the first to discover and report the discrepancies to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tallahassee, Florida – January 20, 2012 by Julie Montanaro

The Leon County Jail booking report shows that Robert Feiss, who was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Chaires Capitola Little League in December 2011, has been arrested again.

This time, Feiss is facing charges of money laundering, grand theft in excess of 0,000, exploitation of the elderly, and fraud.

We are waiting for more information about the victims of these crimes and the outcome of Feiss’ first appearance.

LCSO Release:

During December of 2011, Leon County Sheriff’s Financial Crimes Detectives arrested Robert G. Feiss after a fraud investigation involving the Chaires Capitola Little League. During that investigation, detectives located information and evidence that indicated Feiss may have been responsible for committing additional acts of fraud.

Detectives continued to investigate financial statements and conduct interviews into suspicious activity which confirmed Feiss had sold several fictitious certificates of deposit since 2010. Detectives have
confirmed that a 94 year old man purchased 4,000.00 worth of fictitious bank CD’s from Feiss. A couple in their seventies purchased 0,000.00 worth of the fictitious bank CD’s. Feiss deposited these large amounts of money into the Chaires Capitola Little League account and then would write personal checks to himself or transfer the money elsewhere.

Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “I’m glad the detectives continued to work diligently as this investigation progressed, but we are all deeply saddened to learn that one man could have taken so much from our
senior citizens.”

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December 15, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

A Leon County man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Chaires Capitola Little League.

Leon County deputies say Robert Feiss stole money from the little league where he was served as treasurer and stole money from his employer as well.

Feiss was an office manager at a State Farm insurance office in town.

Deputies say they discovered Feiss was writing unauthorized checks on both accounts.

"Right now we’re looking at about ,000 being stolen from the two organizations, one of them being the Chaires Capitola Little League," said LCSO Spokesman Tony Drzewiecki. "Right now we are continuing our investigation, however more charges could be filed in the future."

We tried to reach the president of the Chaires Capitola Little League, but have not yet heard back. Another board member declined comment.

Robert Feiss’s attorney, Ryan Davis, declined comment too, saying only that Feiss has entered a not guilty plea.

Feiss faces two counts of grand theft.

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Posted by: Tom on Jan 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Fences.
Posted by: Tallahassee citizen on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:41 PM

This man is a thief and I hope he gets his punishment under the full extent of the law. He is a complete disgrace to society.
Posted by: Real FSU Alumni on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM

Shut up. You’re making my University look bad. I bet you ,000 that FSU doesn’t want self-righteous, pompous fools like you laying claim to alumni status.

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