An employee of a prominent Gainesville commercial real estate company whose office was attacked by an armed SWAT team this summer claims a criminal investigation to a former employer from millions of valuable confidential documents and transaction cash. After saying that he did, he is facing a felony.
Police detectives accused Colliers International employees of a sworn complaint filed with the Alachua County Circuit Court from late Tuesday to early Wednesday. Lauren Edwards,twenty four, Daniel Dorotos, 34, and Rory Corso, 59, stole dozens of corporate secrets and proprietary documents, and $ 2 million worth of transactions from former employer Bosshardt Realty Services.
The trio has been charged with felony theft or embezzlement of corporate secrets, and felony plots aimed at fraud and property acquisition. Michael Reals, listed as Executive Director on the company’s website, has been nominated as a co-defendant in Edwards and Dorotos complaints.
Edwards did not answer the phone or reply to email regarding the criminal accusation. The message left to her lawyer’s secretary was not returned prior to publication.
Two of the region’s most prominent real estate companies, Bosshardt Realty and Colliers International, have a two-year law over allegations that Aaron Bosshardt, head of Bosshardt Realty, has withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees payable to Drotos. I was involved in a real estate dispute. And Ryals.
Following the widely reported SWAT attack on June 25, Drotos and Ryals caused Bosshardt to provide law enforcement with false defamation information, disrupting existing proceedings and causing mental distress. As a result, he filed a second lawsuit for abusing legal proceedings.
Melissa Redon, marketing executive at Bosshardt Realty, said the company found evidence of document theft while preparing to respond to a civil lawsuit between Drotos and Ryals that Bosshardt shorted them with commission payments. rice field. She said Aaron Boshard submitted a standard police report and was not treated specially by local law enforcement agencies.
“It’s hard not to talk to our side of the story, even within a brokerage firm to protect agents and protect the integrity of the investigation, we couldn’t provide real details. I did, “said Redon.
It is unclear how the newly announced criminal accusation will affect the civil proceedings of Dorotos and Reals.
A new complaint against Edwards was filed by Dorotos in January 2019, two months before the group terminated its employment contract with Boshard, by downloading corporate documents to Boshard’s file service provider, Appfiles, and transferring them to external hardware. Claims to have asked for instructions on how to do this. drive. Appfiles rejected Drotos’ inquiry and redirected him to Bosshardt.
According to detectives, Dorotos has never been granted permission to copy or access files from Boshard. A month later, in response to an email from Edwards, investigators say Drotos sent Edwards a list of coveted documents and instructed them to download them. According to officials, Edwards later transferred about 160 internal files from Boshard’s file server to her private Gmail account.
Christian Oldenberg, CEO of Koreas, also instructed Edwards to email the document for distribution to other members of the group, court records said. Oldenburg has not been nominated as a defendant in any of the unresolved proceedings. He did not answer the phone call regarding the criminal accusation on Wednesday.
In October 2020, the detective obtained a search warrant for Edwards’ email records that she later transferred those same files to Colliers International’s Dorotos, Real, and other members of the Dorotos-Real Group. discovered.
Among the documents found during the search were contracts, commission sheets, financial records, legal information, a list of potential sellers and buyers, and a detailed list.
Investigators said the document would have provided Dorotos and a realistically unjustified business advantage.
Ron Kozlowski, a lawyer representing Drotos and Ryals, said he trusts the investigation process but disagrees with the idea that clients have stolen corporate secrets.
“This is a commercial property,” Kozlowski said. “In my experience, I don’t even know what a corporate secret is about commercial real estate, given the fact that we are here. There is no corporate secret that Ryals and Drotos could bring back from Bosshardt. was.”
Boshard said he has remained quiet about the situation in which former employees are involved to protect the investigation process.
“We were patiently waiting for the truth to come to light,” said Aaron Boshard. “We are grateful for the time and energy given to this proceeding. None of this was easy, but we hope the conclusions are close and justice is provided.”
The court date for the case referred by the Gainesville Police Department to the State Attorney’s Office has not yet been set. The state prosecutor’s office then decides whether to prosecute the case.
This story was created by Fresh Take Florida, a news service at the University of Florida, Journalism and Communications University.Reporters can reach at [email protected] When [email protected]..