A audacious scheme in which suspects pretended to be law enforcement agents and robbed accused drug dealers in the Tampa area was carried out by a former Florida claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and Berkshire Hathaway Group, who later entered a guilty plea.
Jasmine Weber, 28, exploited an insurance company’s access to Lexis Nexis databases between December 2020 and April 2021 to gather data on the intended persons. She later assisted companions in obtaining police vests, patches, blue lights, and other tools needed to carry out the robberies, according to a notice released on Friday by the Middle District of Florida’s US Attorney.
The US prosecutor’s office stated that the conspirators “impersonated law enforcement officers while committing these charges by wearing black clothing, gloves, and masks—often with law enforcement insignia or vests with a “sheriff” patch attached.” The conspirators used a black Dodge Durango and a white Chevrolet Malibu with blue lights for several of the robberies.
According to authorities, the robberies took place in the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, and Lee, and three of them ended in gunfire.