Authorities: Accounting manager used stolen funds for Bucs tickets, races | Business Observer


A Pinellas County woman has been charged in a robbery case where authorities say she used part of ill-gotten gains, more than $225,000, to buy Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets, among other expenses .

Jamie Fonville, 46, of Tarpon Springs, has been charged with three counts of felony fraud, according to a statement from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The bureau’s economic crimes unit alleges that Fonville, in his role as accounting manager for First Choice Association Management, “fabricated fraudulent checks using account information from three different homeowners associations.” Fonville, according to officials, “then deposited the checks into his own personal bank account.”

The total financial loss among all reported victims is estimated at $228,300.83.

Detectives say Fonville used the money for personal expenses, such as food, groceries, day-to-day expenses and Bucs tickets. Fonville also paid his personal credit card bills with the money, the statement said.

Detectives were tipped off about possible fraudulent activity in February from an account overseen by First Choice Association Management. Fonville, the statement said, was responsible for managing bank accounts and issuing checks for 58 different homeowners associations.

Fonville was arrested June 24 and transported to Pinellas County Jail.

Detectives believe there are other unreported victims. If you have any information regarding this case or if you have been a victim, contact Cpl. Kyle Cruise with the Economic Crimes Unit at 727-582-5711.


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