Here is the original e-mail that I received.
My name is Deneen Mears and I was employed at Hawk Power from 9-02 until April 23rd, 2003. Todd was arrested last night at 10:00 and spent the night in jail, charged with fraud. I have been working with the investigator from the Sheriff's department since I left and they have finally nailed him on a case that doesn't involve me at all. I was there the day you came to Blountstown and witnessed you signing the contract. You were one of the last people I ever dealt with. My daughter who was 20 months old at the time had surgery on April 21st, and when I came back on the 23rd, a vendor called me and told me that Todd had blamed me for nearly $45k in bad checks, none of which I had written. I resigned that day and told him never to contact me. I have never known anyone like Mr. Cimmino, thank God. The things I saw him do in the last few weeks are hard to believe unless you were a witness to them. He has hurt so many people. I had done a lot of research on the 45 apache, I was the one who mostly dealt with Shane, who you actually bought the boat from. I knew you were getting a fine boat with tremendous potential, so I did not warn you.
my only regret is that I did not tell you to take the boat with you when you came originally. I was dismayed when you left it. The only thing I can tell you is that Todd stripped the boat of all accessories when it came into the shop. It was his practice to steal everything that wasn't permanently attached and sell the stuff on ebay. You could maybe contact Shane (** last name removed by Hot Duck to protect this individual's privacy **) and find out what all was on the boat when it left verses what you received maybe they could find some charges in that. I want to help anyone that I can. I have been posting on offshore only under chick racer and longgone since I left. My husband and I have called many people trying to stop him. Todd tried to ruin my name in the town where I have lived for 38 years, and because he comes across as the big shot to the locals, many believed him for a while. I hope when the papers come out next week a lot of eyes will be opened.
I am sorry for running on, but I hope you will post the info about his arrest. I am not a high enough member to email people privately. I will respond to any posts and answer any questions I can without jeopardizing my testimony to the CCSO.
I hope you enjoy the boat!
Deneen (** Last name removed by Hot Duck to protect individual's privacy **)