Tampa Woman Arrested for Grant Program Fraud

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Office of the State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit announce the arrest yesterday of Derlyn Gardenia Roberts Glover, 45, of Tampa.  Glover was charged with grand theft, scheme to defraud, communications fraud and criminal use of personal identification information, all third degree felonies.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) offers annual “mini grants” for school programs to teach students about the conservation and protection of water resources. Glover, who does not have an operational school or any students, submitted “mini-grant” requests containing false information to the District.  During the period from August 2006 until September 2010, Glover was awarded approximately $8,000 in funds she was not entitled to receive.
Glover submitted documents indicating that she operated Sago Palm Educational Academy, Inc., located at 3411 North 29th Street in Tampa, and has approximately 80 students. The investigation revealed that this address was for Glover’s former school, Academy of Dreams, and Glover no longer owns the property nor does she have students or an operational school at the address. Glover also used the address of 1720 West Carmen Street, Tampa, on a grant application, which is the residence of her deceased mother. 

In May, FDLE arrested Glover on similar charges while she was the owner and operator of the Academy of Dreams.  During that investigation, agents found Glover had received over $300,000 worth of scholarship money from the Florida Department of Education which her school was not qualified to receive.

Glover was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith or Keith Kameg
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001