MOORE HAVEN, Fla.- Three men were arrested and charged with scheming to defraud Glades Electric Cooperative, after a yearlong investigation revealed a former employee allegedly used his position to orchestrate the theft of $211,419.89 from the company with help from friends. William Lewis Romine, 57, James Robert Kelley, 44, and Jeffrey Rand Friedman, 52, turned themselves into the Glades County Jail earlier today.
A criminal investigation began when FDLE received a complaint from Glades Electric Cooperative about the theft of more than $200,000 from 2008 through 2011. Romine, a former employee of the cooperative, had help from Kelley, a salesman for Wallace International Trucks, and Friedman, the owner of Ft. Myers based Performance Plus.
Romine is charged with grand theft in the first degree, organized scheme to defraud, dealing in stolen property and two counts of criminal conspiracy.
Kelley and Freidman have both been charged with grand theft in the first degree, organized scheme to defraud and two counts of criminal conspiracy.