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Florida records supervisor pocketed $27,000 from taxpayers, investigators say

LAKE CITY, Fla. – A former North Central Florida county official is facing four felony charges after investigators accused her of altering tax deed sales records to personally pocket more than $27,000.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, officers arrested former Columbia County Records Supervisor Karina M. Vercher, 60, of Lake City, on one felony count of scheme to defraud and three felony counts. of official misconduct.

“Agents audited previous tax deed sales in Columbia County and identified 46 transactions in which Vercher altered tax deed records by recording a reduced sales price or reducing fees associated with tax deed sales.” , said an FDLE press release on Friday. “In almost all cases, the discrepancy correlated with the amount of cash collected by Vercher from the successful bidder of the corresponding sale of tax deeds as a deposit.”

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The agency said investigators discovered “numerous cash deposits made to Vercher’s personal bank account that occurred the same day or the day after the sale of the tax deeds and were determined to contain a discrepancy.” Agents also identified multiple instances where Vercher appeared to physically alter tax deed documents to disguise price discrepancies.”

Vercher defrauded Columbia County of approximately $27,600, according to agents. Police booked her into the Columbia County Jail on $55,000 bond Thursday night.

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