The Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency contacted Sheriff’s Office investigator Lance LaMee in January to report that complaints had been filed against the company H&H Holdings. The victims said that they had sent money through wire transfer to the company in exchange for selling the complainants’ timeshares. But once the money was sent, they never heard from the company again. The Hillsborough Agency had tracked the suspicious company to Volusia County where the wired money had been picked up.
Under questioning, Stalnaker allegedly explained that she had been provided “lead sheets” that contained information about potential victims, and she would call them to offer to sell their timeshares. Once an agreement was reached, Stalnaker said that Tanos, who also lives in Ormond Beach, would tell the victims how much money to send for the nonexistent services – such as a title search and closing fees – and how to send it via wire transfer. The women always went to the stores together to pick up the cash. Stalnaker said that she had to be the one to collect the money because Tanos had been banned from using Western Union. Finally, Tanos would give Stalnaker anywhere from five to 20 percent of the profit.