Lakeland Man Arrested for Fraud

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center the Lakeland Police Department, and the State Attorney’s Office, 10th Judicial Circuit today arrested Tony Joe Hockman, 36, of Lakeland, Fla.  Hockman was charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, a first degree felony.

The investigation began in June when Publix Supermarket’s Loss Prevention Section reported to law enforcement that Hockman, who was then a Publix credit manager, had fraudulently listed himself as an authorized user of two dormant Publix credit accounts located in Florida and South Carolina.  The investigation revealed Hockman then used the Publix credit cards to make purchases at retail and home improvement stores.  He was able to conceal the scheme by diverting funds from active Publix business accounts into the dormant accounts, making it appear the two dormant accounts were active and in good standing. The loss to Publix is in excess of $53,000.
Hockman was booked into the Polk County Jail.  The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit.
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Keith Kameg or Kristi Gordon
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001
Sgt. Terry Smith
Lakeland Police Department
(863) 834-6968
Nicole Orr
Assistant State Attorney
(863) 534-4800