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Authorities: Dive boat owner faked invoices, photos to collect lionfish bounties

Discussion in 'Scuba Related Court Cases' started by seeker242, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. seeker242

    seeker242 DIR Practitioner

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    Authorities: Dive boat owner faked invoices, photos to collect lionfish bounties

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also charged the dive boat owner’s girlfriend with helping him doctor photos.

    TEQUESTA — The owner of a scuba diving business collected more than $10,000 in state bounties for taking customers out to kill invasive lionfish, but he faked invoices, doctored photos, and on at least 40 of 58 dates he supposedly was at sea, his boat sat in a warehouse, authorities allege.

    John Clay Dickinson, 61, of Lake Park, and Rachel Janea McGinnis, 42, identified as Dickinson’s live-in girlfriend, were booked Wednesday morning at the Palm Beach County Jail. Each was charged with an organized scheme to defraud, uttering a forgery, forgery and grand theft.
     
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  2. Avonthediver

    Avonthediver Solo Diver

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    Are these the same folks that own Florida Scuba Divers? The mug shoot sure looks like them.
     
  3. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze Manta Ray

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    I believe so.
     
  4. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    I’ll make sure to steer clear of them
     
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  5. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

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    Yep. And they posted bail and were out partying on Halloween. Must not be too concerned with the fraud charges if they're posting their celebrations all over Facebook.
     
  6. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Instructor, Scuba

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    Damn...for a lousy 10 grand, they opened one really nasty can o’ worms with the court system.
     
  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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