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Tue Jun 12, 2018
Author: Jessica Machetta
A Largo, Florida man who took over his father's business, Consignment RV, when his father suffered a heart attack, has been sentenced to 20 years for defrauding seven customers.
A jury found Jeremy Raney guilty Friday, May 4, of taking in RVs on consignment, selling them to consumers, and then keeping the money, leaving sellers in the lurch. A Pinellas County judge sentenced him to 20 years June 11, despite pleas for mercy by his family and friends.
The customers he stole from didn't see mercy fitting for Raney, asking the judge give him the maximum sentence, 30 years.
"I want the most you can give him," said one victim who lost $150,000 and claimed Raney ruined her life.
Raney denied the allegations, but prosecutors came up with evidence that at least $150,000 had gone missing, meanwhile producing bank transactions showing Raney paid large tabs at strip clubs, bars and restaurants.
"He used these people's life savings to fund his dream," Prosecutor Liz Jack said in court.
This is Raney's fourth felony conviction. Raney's record is extensive, including felony charges of DUI causing serious injury, resisting arrest, domestic battery, aggravated battery, false imprisonment of a domestic partner, tampering with a witness, battery of a law enforcement officer, plus dozens of misdemeanor traffic violations.