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News Date: 8/2/2013 

 PCSO Detectives Charge Tarpon Springs Man with Fraud, Grand Theft and Money Laundering 

In March 2013, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Fleet Services received an invoice from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company located at 6975 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, for items the PCSO did not purchase. 

The company is a former vendor for the PCSO, but the PCSO has not used the company’s services for some time.  Upon receiving the invoices knowing no work had been commissioned, detectives were asked to investigate. 

Through their investigation detectives learned 43-year-old Todd Hannum, 665 Bayside Drive, Tarpon Springs, was a manager at Goodyear.  Detectives learned Hannum had created the invoices in an effort to inflate his sales statistics but had not sent them to the company’s collection department.

While Hannum was on vacation, the PCSO invoices were located by a corporate auditor, and not realizing the invoices were fictitious, forwarded them for collection.  While detectives have yet to determine if any actual property was removed as a result of Hannum’s fabricated invoices, they did learn Hannum had systematically defrauded his company using past customers personal identification. 

Over the course of approximately 14 months, February 1, 2012, through April 1, 2013, Hannum credited over $2,000 to his personal credit card with chargebacks (return of funds.)  Detectives learned the credit card used for the chargebacks belonged to Hannum’s mother and was used by Hannum alone.  A warrant was issued for Hannum’s arrest. 

On Thursday, August 1, 2013, PCSO detectives met with Hannum.  During a post Miranda interview, Hannum confessed to conducting the chargebacks and obtaining the money on his mother’s Goodyear credit card and confessed to creating the purchase orders for the Sheriff’s Office vehicles and signing deputy’s names to the forms.

He is charged with Scheming to Defraud, Grand Theft, and 2 counts of Money Laundering.  He was booked into the Polk County Jail.  Hannum will have first appearance today, Friday, August 2, 2013.