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Police: Man took money but failed to deliver 96 TVs to Key West resort

A Maryland businessman cashed a $66,652 check from a Key West resort but never delivered the 96 televisions promised, says a Monroe County warrant.

Lawrence S. Winkler, 48, of Potomac, Md., surrendered Thursday in Key West to be charged with grand theft exceeding $20,000. He was released later that day after posting a $100,000 bond.

Monroe County State Attorney's Office investigator Chris Weber obtained the warrant after looking into a complaint from the Santa Maria Resort, 1401 Simonton St.

Resort operators Marc Meisel and Cristina Spottswood told Weber that Winkler's company, Power Source LLC, in mid-2014 contracted to supply 96 televisions.

A check was sent to Winkler for $66,582 on July 3, 2014, and deposited into the Power Source account a week later, Weber found.

"Within eight days of the receipt of the funds, Winkler transferred $30,000 to a personal account," Weber wrote. "Within 90 days, all funds that were provided were either transferred to the personal account or spent via cash withdrawal" or debit cards.

"Winkler's signature was on all transfer orders moving said funds to his personal account," the affidavit says.

The company that actually would supply the televisions never received payment and cancelled Winkler's transaction, the affidavit says.

Winkler has run into trouble with previous financial dealings.

In September 2011, Winkler's Consolidated Green Services company failed to pay a Tennessee subcontractor $234,563 it claims was due for power-management assessments at three Verizon facilities. 

The civil case was still pressed in Maryland's U.S. District Court in May 2014. The current status was unavailable. 

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