Suspect arrested again in Florida – making it the 71st felony charge for a guy convicted 31 times

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Pompano Beach, FL: A Florida man, Stephen Johnson, added another felony to an already impressive number of felonies- 70!

Deputies conducted a traffic stop of Stephen Johnson, who was impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane. Another passenger in the vehicle was observed not wearing a seatbelt during the law enforcement interaction.

In statement issued by Sheriff Rick Staly:

“This dirtbag made the mistake of driving through Flagler County after committing crimes in South Carolina and Clay County, Florida. Fortunately an eagle-eye deputy brought his crime spree to a halt before he could prey on our community.

Even after 70 felony charges for various crimes and convicted 31 times since 2004 he hasn’t learned his lesson. Time for him to go away to prison so he can no longer prey on people.

I’m proud of the deputy who was patrolling our roadways that led to putting this felon back behind bars where he belongs.”

Johnson was attempting to slow down on the left lane to prevent the deputies from getting behind him. However, Johnson was ultimately unsuccessful and eventually pulled over.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined the tag attached to the vehicle was not assigned to it.

Johnson claimed he did not understand why it came up as the wrong tag assigned and attempted to prove his ignorance with a car rental agreement.

According to a Cops and Crime article:

“Deputies then conducted a search of the vehicle and found the same double-sided tape in the center console and stuck to the visor …

Behind the passenger seat, a purse was recovered with identifying documents for a Clay County, FL resident, who confirmed she was a victim of a car burglary on July 8.

Along with the purse, deputies also found two laptop computers and four cell phones, with one of the laptops appearing to be owned by a healthcare company.”

It did not work.

The Cops and Crime article added:

“The tag attached to the vehicle belonged to a 2007 Saturn Outlook from Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, which had attached to the Florida tag with double-sided tape. It was confirmed that the attached tag was reported stolen from Beaufort, SC.”

Johnson is no stranger to law enforcement. He has 70 (yes 70!) previous felony charges and 31 felony convictions. And it’s not just limited to his own community.

The article cites:

“Along with his recent charges in Pompano Beach, FL, Johnson has previously been charged by Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Plantation Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware State University Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, and the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office.”

Actually, it may be easier to list the areas he hasn’t received charges.

With criminal numbers that staggering, many comments in the article directed towards Johnson and his criminal past show a lack of sympathy and a general belief that ‘he will never change.’

Among the comments were:

Sophia Marie Herrick- “Um, recidivism like this just begs for a life sentence without parole. He obviously has no respect for the law, no remorse, and no intention to stop his behavior. “

America1- “31 felony convictions and he’s not in jail? Our system is broken badly.”

StonerockyBubba- “The problem is he will be out on bond tomorrow! And the revolving door just keeps going and going and going !!!!!!!!!”

But there’s hope.

Johnson’s criminal past is not indicative of crime rates in Florida. In fact, if you need yet another reason to move to Florida, it has shown a steady decrease in crime over the last two decades despite a high rate of growth.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website:

“From 1998 to 2018, Florida experienced a significant decrease in both the number (44.5%) and rate (60.0%) of reported Total Index Crimes. Rate is calculated per 100,000 population. Florida’s population increased 38.9% during the period. Violent crime decreased 39.7% in number (56.6% in rate), and Property crime decreased 45.2% in number (60.6% in rate).”

Suspect arrested again in Florida - making it the 71st felony charge for a guy convicted 31 times
COURTESY of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Website

 

It will be interesting to see what comes out of this most recent arrest considering Johnson’s past. But don’t be consumed with this peculiar case.

You need not worry.

Between Florida’s lack of Covid restrictions, its booming economy and love of American freedom, it is a great state to relocate to.

Suspect arrested again in Florida - making it the 71st felony charge for a guy convicted 31 times

Other recent Florida related news.

Florida Supreme Court approves Gov. DeSantis’ request for grand jury to investigate human trafficking, sanctuary cities

Posted by: July 3, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Supreme Court on June 29 approved Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate immigration-related issues such as the smuggling of illegal immigrant children into the state.

Justices, in a four-page unanimous order, said the statewide grand jury will be impaneled for a year in the 10th Judicial Circuit, which is made up of Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. The circuit’s chief judge, Ellen Masters, will preside over the grand jury.

In announcing the petition for the grand jury June 17, DeSantis said:

“We aren’t a border state. People are wondering, ‘Why are you doing this? People will say, ‘Let Texas or Arizona worry about that.’ Let me tell you, people trying to come in illegally are trying to get to Florida.”

The order listed a series of issues that the grand jury could probe for example, the methods by which minors are brought to the United States and Florida, in particular.

Through the order, the grand jury will investigate “parents, guardians or other family members of unaccompanied alien children who have conspired with transnational criminal organizations or other illicit actors to smuggle, and thus endanger, their children.”

The grand jury will also be tasked with investigating transnational criminal organizations, “their members, or other illicit actors who smuggle or traffic unaccompanied alien children or other illegal aliens to Florida.”

The Supreme Court said:

“[The grand jury will have] jurisdiction throughout the state of Florida, to investigate crime, return indictments, make presentments and otherwise perform all functions of (a) grand jury with regard to the offenses.” 

 Impaneling statewide grand juries is uncommon but not unheard of, with the highest-profile statewide grand jury in recent years investigating school safety after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody are focusing on immigration issues in light of the Biden administration’s refusal to control the southern border. Moody has filed or signed onto a series of lawsuits challenging federal policies in an effort to force the federal government to obey the laws on the books.

DeSantis announced his request for a statewide grand jury June 17 during an appearance at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Pensacola.

During that appearance, he also signed a bill (SB 1808) that bars state and local government agencies from contracting with transportation companies that bring undocumented immigrants into the state. The bill also expands a 2019 law that bans illegal-immigrant sanctuary cities in Florida.

The Florida Legislature in 2019 passed the anti-sanctuary city law but a federal judge last September blocked the state from enforcing it, which the state is appealing. The judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the city of South Miami and organizations that are against the governor’s stand against illegal immigration.

The grand jury also is charged with investigating local jurisdictions that refuse to honor a request to detain people in the country illegally if they have been arrested for a crime. The governor’s petition specifically cited Miami-Dade County, which refuses to honor the immigration detainers.

DeSantis also said he intended to expand a strike force made up of state and local law enforcement agents that is focused on trafficking. The concept is being tested in several Panhandle counties, he said.

In a 12-page petition to the Supreme Court requesting the grand jury, DeSantis and general counsel Ryan Newman listed numerous issues that require investigation. DeSantis said one main issue is the smuggling of undocumented children who can be sexually exploited or used to traffic drugs or weapons.

The petition noted that many illegal immigrants end up in Florida. The petition stated:

“As more illegal aliens enter the United States and settle in Florida, more will seek to have their children illegally smuggled here as well.”

The governor sent a blunt warning to illegal immigrants back in April, when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began sending illegal aliens to Washington, D.C., on buses. DeSantis issued a statement that anyone in the United States illegally should not try to travel to Florida after some of the migrants said they hoped to make their way to Miami.

DeSantis’ office said:

“To those who have entered the country illegally, fair warning: do not come to Florida. Life will not be easy for you, because we are obligated to uphold the immigration laws of this country, even if our federal government and other states won’t.” 

At least a dozen migrants from the buses told news outlets they would not be staying in Washington, and that Miami and New York City were their destinations. DeSantis’ statement warned:

“Florida is not a sanctuary state, and our social programs are designed to serve the citizens of our state.

“If you have come here illegally, you have been done a great disservice by the Biden Administration. They have encouraged you to make dangerous treks, oftentimes at great physical distress to you and your family. Sometimes, this has even meant putting your fate into the hands of dangerous coyotes and human traffickers.”

 

Florida news involving its conservative political leaders.

Florida man pleads guilty to $25 million extortion scheme against Rep. Gaetz (R-FL) using sex crimes allegations

Posted by: November 30, 2021

PENSACOLA, FL – Florida businessman Stephen Alford pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud after attempting to obtain $25 million from the family of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), federal prosecutors announced on Monday.

Alford, 62, was indicted by a federal grand jury in August on counts of wire fraud and the attempted prevention of seizure of an electronic device, according to Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Alford pleaded guilty on Monday during a 2 p.m. hearing in Pensacola before U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Timothy. He originally pleaded not guilty on October 1.

He pleaded guilty to one of three counts of wire fraud. A charge of tampering with evidence was thrown out. That charge resulted from Alford destroying a cellphone before federal agents could confiscate it.

The Department of Justice issued a press release August 31 announcing the indictment:

“The indictment alleges that, between March 16, and April 7, 2021, Alford engaged in a scheme to defraud a victim out of $25 million.

“As articulated in the indictment, Alford is alleged to have been involved in a scheme to obtain money based upon false promises or guarantees he made to the victim that Alford could deliver a Presidential Pardon for a family member of the victim.”

The indictment never mentions the names of the victim or other alleged participants in the scheme. The indictment said that Alford was part of a scheme to get $25 million from a person identified only as “D.G.”

In exchange, Alford promised he could get a presidential pardon from then-President Donald Trump for a family member, as well as fund the release of someone identified only as “R.L.”

Investigators alleged Alford participated in an extortion scheme wherein Rep. Gaetz’s father, Don Gaetz, was asked if he would contribute $25 million to a fund that would help locate Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who was kidnapped in Iran and is now presumed dead.

If Don Gaetz cooperated, Alford promised a presidential pardon would be granted to his son, who is currently under investigation for sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl.

The investigation into Rep. Gaetz was made public in an article published by The New York Times, which cited three anonymous sources “briefed on the matter,” which alleges that the 38-year-old had a relationship with the girl and paid for her travel at one point.

Gaetz was attacked by Democrats after he denied the sex trafficking allegations. He told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in March:

“What is happening is an extortion of me and my family. (I received text messages) demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away.”

He continued:

“What was supposed to happen was the transfer of this money that would have implicated the former colleague of these current DOJ officials. But that’s obviously not going to happen tomorrow because (of the leak).”

everything they tell you is a lie

Gaetz wasn’t paying for underage girls. It was a $25 million extortion attempt and the perpetrator has pled guilty. No word on how the NYT and 95% of Twitter got duped. https://t.co/FBoa3TgCh8

— Andy Swan (@AndySwan) November 28, 2021

 Rep. Gaetz claimed his father was wearing a wire as part of an FBI investigation to “catch these criminals.” He called on the FBI to release recordings from the investigation, which he claimed would clear him of the allegations.

The congressman also claimed that California Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) used the unsubstantiated allegations to smear him:

“It is a horrible allegation, and it is a lie. The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case. What is happening is an extortion of me and my family…”

Alford’s sentencing is set for Feb. 16 before District Judge M. Casey Rodgers. He is facing up to 20 years of prison followed by supervised release, according to the Justice Department.

This is not Alford’s first run in with the law.

In March 2006, Alford was convicted of multiple federal charges, including fraud, aiding and abetting, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, making an unlawful campaign contribution and bank fraud.

He was convicted in Okaloosa County in 2017 of criminal use of personal information and communications fraud. In the incident, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said:

“Alford approximately $350,000 from at least one investor by promising lucrative returns for money intended for real estate ventures.

“(He) “misrepresented real estate assets to the investor, and instead, used the money for personal use to include buying expensive jewelry, cars, and renting the luxury condominium at Destin Yacht Club, among other purchases.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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