NEWS RELEASE 21-049 - SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
Stuart Levine, CEO of Zelleman Group, Tampa Bay Cyber Fraud Task Force members left to right: U.S. Secret Service Analyst Adam Memoli,
Pinellas County Sergeant Erik Zabik, Pasco County Detective Spencer Hubbell, U.S. Secret Service Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge Rick Dean,
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Rhett Campbell and Carlos Verdoni, U.S. Secret Service Agent Bryan Halliwell, and Pasco County Detective Josh Ryle.
Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce four agency members received the 2021 Task Force of the Year Award from the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI).
On August 31, during the IAFCI Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, Detectives Rhett Campbell, Carlos Verdoni and Daniel Levanti (not pictured), along with Digital Forensic Examiner Brooke Buzzell (not pictured) were recognized for their work as members of the Tampa Bay Cyber Fraud Task Force which also included personnel from several local law enforcement agencies. In 2020, the group was instrumental in responding to CARES Act fraud, account takeovers, elder fraud, ransomware, compromised business emails, and other network intrusion investigations. In one such case, the task force discovered a company attempting to defraud Sarasota County of $3.5 million by filing fraudulent applications for COVID relief.
“Cyber-crimes often involve lengthy investigations,” commented Sheriff Hoffman. “I applaud the dedication of our detectives and civilian examiners to bring these complex cases to successful conclusions. International recognition of their service is well-earned.”