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HEARING ON RETRIAL OF ‘BIG TONY’ IN BOULIS KILLING

A judge has called a hearing on the retrial of Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello in the mob-style slaying of a prominent South Florida businessman. Moscatiello was dismissed from last year’s trial in the 2001 slaying of Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis because his attorney became ill. Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes set a hearing for Tuesday morning to discuss a second trial.

EMAILS FROM ACCUSED TAMPA MOM RELEASED

Hillsborough County prosecutors have released 55 pages of emails sent to and from Julie Schenecker, the Tampa woman accused of brutally killing her two children two years ago. The correspondence includes an email from her husband, U.S. Army Col. Parker Schenecker, in which he says he’s worried about whether the children are safe with their mother. Parker Schenecker was stationed in Qatar at the time of the slayings.

FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Florida’s top prosecutor is enlisting businesses in her efforts to crack down on human trafficking. Attorney General Pam Bondi is set to host a workshop with business leaders in Orlando on Monday. She says businesses are uniquely positioned to spot labor exploitation in their supply chains. Bondi is emphasizing employee training, particularly in the construction, trucking and hospitality industries.

2 COLOMBIANS CHARGED IN PORT EVERGLADES DRUG CASE

Two Colombians have been extradited to the U.S. to face charges stemming from a drug smuggling ring that used cargo ships at Port Everglades. Federal prosecutors said Omar Alejandro Vanegas Lora and Edinson Antonio Ahumada Arboleda made their initial appearances Friday in Miami federal court. They were extradited a day earlier from Colombia. Court records did not list attorneys for either man.

ORLANDO-AREA FUND MANAGERS SENTENCED

Two former investment fund managers have been sentenced in Orlando to nine years in prison for conspiring to commit fraud. Chief U.S. District Judge Anne Conway last week ordered John Wilkins and Philip Leon to pay $17 million in restitution to more than 200 victims. The judge also ordered that $4 million in artwork and money be forfeited from the former managers and turned over to their victims.

Source: Associated Press

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