Three Behind Bars Following Grand Theft Investigation


Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tallahassee Regional Operations Center arrested three people for Grand Theft.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FDLE, Tallahassee Regional Operations Center arrested 48-year-old Leonard Martin, of Apalachicola and 28-year-old Nicole Wood, of Tallahassee, for grand theft.

The Franklin County School Board contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) with allegations that Peter R. Brown Construction, Inc. (PRBC) billed them $130,000 for a security system that was never installed. The FCSO contacted FDLE in February 2009 to investigate.

FDLE’s investigation revealed that PRBC project manager Casey Kelley, 32, of Wewahitchka, worked with Leonard Martin, owner of Martin Security and Purity Temporary Employment (PTE), to misappropriate funds intended for the school board’s security system. PRBC reimbursed the school board and terminated Kelley after the theft was discovered.

The investigation further revealed that between 2007 and 2008, Kelley and Martin falsified PTE employee timesheets and billed PRBC approximately $817,000 for work on other projects that had not been done. Martin’s office manager, Nicole Wood, allegedly created fraudulent invoices for time worked and billed PRBC. Wood facilitated the transactions and Kelley and Martin split the profits.

Kelley and Martin were charged with 43 counts of grand theft; one first-degree felony, 12 second-degree felonies, and 30 third-degree felonies. Wood was charged with 12 second-degree felonies and 30 third-degree felonies.

Martin was booked in the Franklin County Jail. Wood was booked in the Leon County Jail. Kelley is expected to turn himself in Wednesday.

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  • by Mike Location: Panama City Beach on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    Most of this company's work is for schools and counties on cost of the work plus a fixed fee contracts. If $817,000 is not owed to Franklin County Schools, then there is a strong possibility that other clients are owed funds from Peter Brown. Their clients need to see if any of that labor companies invoices were billed against their projects. If the company is not repaying funds to any client that might have been billed by this company, they may be just as guilty as the former employees.
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