Florida Woman Arrested For Requesting $7,000 In Small Business Grants She Never Received For Past Due Apartment Rent That Wasn’t Leased

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged a North Port woman after she allegedly used fraudulent information in an attempt to receive money through the federal coronavirus relief bill, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives were notified in late October that Shyla Robinett, 39, submitted multiple suspicious applications to the Sarasota County CARES Small Business Relief Grant Program, an initiative supported by the federal stimulus package that allows local government to provide monetary relief to those impacted by COVID-19.

Through investigation, detectives learned Robinett requested $7,000 for past due rent for an apartment she was leasing in North Port, officials said. The document submitted to Sarasota County reportedly reflected both Robinett and her landlord’s signature.

Upon an interview with Robinett’s landlord, detectives learned no written lease agreement existed and thus, the landlord’s signature was forged, according to the information from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Although Robinett never received the funds, she was arrested and charged with Perjury, Uttering a False Instrument, Impersonation and Grand Theft.

She was released on $20,000 bond. 

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