Tampa Woman Arrested for Grant Program Fraud


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center yesterday arrested Kalanda Melisha Bostick, 35, of Tampa. Bostick was charged with one count of grand theft, a third degree felony.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District offers annual “mini grants” for school programs to teach students about the conservation and protection of water resources. In September of 2010, Bostick, who does not have an operational school or any students, submitted a “mini-grant” request containing false information to the District, who alerted FDLE. Bostick requested approximately $3,820 in funds she was not entitled to receive.   According to investigators, Bostick allegedly requested these funds for personal use and not for any program to assist children. 
Bostick submitted documents indicating that she operated PGS Cores Academy, Inc., located at 3601 North 15th Street in Tampa, and has approximately 180 students. The investigation revealed that this address was for PGS Cores, which is an auto repair business. 
Bostick was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, Fifth Judicial Circuit.
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith or Keith Kameg
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001