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Florida Office of Fiscal Integrity Announces Arrest of Port Richey Business Owner on Grand Theft and Forgery Charges

6/15/2015

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842
 
PORT RICHEY, Fla. - The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Office of Fiscal Integrity (OFI), in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of the Inspector General (DEP), today announced the arrest of Randolph Thomas Perillo, owner of Perillo & Associates LLC, on charges of grand theft and forgery. While under contract with DEP to provide construction services at the Werner Boyce Salt Springs, Perillo falsified an invoice in order to siphon money for personal use.
 
In the fall of 2014, Perillo and Associates submitted an altered copy of a Duke Energy invoice reflecting the installation cost of new underground facilities. While the correct amount owed was $76,000, Perillo altered the document to read $96,000.  Perillo did so with the intent of pocketing the extra $20,000.
 
In an effort to cover up the theft, Perillo stated that he inflated the invoice charges to reflect the cost of a guard shack that he anticipated having to build on the park grounds. However, Perillo’s claim was disputed by Duke Energy and DEP officials as the construction of a guard shack was not included in any of the work plans or discussions between Perillo and Duke Energy officials.
 
After being notified of his warrant for arrest, Perillo turned himself into the Palm Beach County Jail. He will be charged with one count of 2nd degree Grand Theft and one count of 3rd degree Forgery, and his case will be prosecuted by the office of Leon County State Attorney William N. Meggs.
 
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