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Former WTKR Anchor Expected to Get Probation in Fraud Case

bickford_wtkr_croppedJuliet Bickford, the former WTKR anchor who was arrested in January and plead guilty to filing a false tax return, is expected to be sentenced to probation.

Bickford was an anchor for Hampton Roads CBS affiliate WTKR who resigned in January for personal reasons. She later plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of filing a false tax return after being accused of filing $35,000 in false medical and dental deductions in 2011.

Bickford’s former live in boyfriend Theodoris Grontis was part of a three person crew that scammed crime victims and divorcees out of more than a million dollars.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, The US Attorney’s Office has recommended Bickford get probation and serve a minimum of 500 hours of community service.

In those papers, prosecutors say that since her arrest and guilty plea in January, Bickford has cooperated with authorities in their investigation into the fraud scheme, but they’re not sure she has been completely upfront.

Bickford has maintained to the authorities that she had no knowledge of her now ex-boyfriend Theodoros Grontis’ connection to the scheme. Read more

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Former WTKR Anchor Allegedly Caught Up In International Scam

bickford_wtkr_croppedAccording to the The Virginian-Pilot, Juliet Bickford, the anchor who recently resigned from Hampton Roads CBS affiliate WTKR, has allegedly been caught up in an international fraud ring.

Bickford, who faces misdemeanor IRS charges, was sharing a home with man named Theodoros “Terry” Grontis.

Grontis, along with Cullen Johnson and Elaine White are accused of  having “bilked crime victims, divorcees and even one lottery winner out of more than $1 million.”

Court records show Bickford’s bank account was allegedly used to launder the cash.

Bickford has not responded to messages from The Pilot. Her lawyers declined to comment and said she would not be commenting either.

No trespassing signs were posted at the foot of her driveway, and in front of her parents’ home next door. [Rick] Garrity [Bickford's neighbor] said the signs went up last week.

[IRS Agent Brian] Pelfrey and other IRS and FBI agents spent more than two years putting the case together against White, Johnson and Grontis.

A federal grand jury here indicted them last April on multiple counts of wire fraud, money laundering and evading taxes. Bickford is identified in the indictment only by her initials. Read more

WTKR Anchor Leaves Station, Facing IRS Charges

bickford_wtkr_croppedJuliet Bickford, anchor for Hampton Roads, VA, CBS affiliate WTKR has resigned from the station.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Bickford is scheduled to appear in US District Court Wednesday to plead guilty to a misdemeanor false tax return charge. She is accused of filing $35,000 in fake medical and dental deductions in 2011.

WTKR general manager Jeff Hoffman told TVSpy Bickford resigned for personal reasons on Tuesday.

Bickford began working at WTKR in 2008. She started her career at KACB in San Angelo, TX, before moving to Roanoke to anchor at NBC affiliate WSLS.

A Vice Presidential Announcement From Norfolk

Shortly before 9:30amET this morning from the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

NBC-affiliate WAVY,  CBS-affiliate WTKR and ABC-affiliate WVEC all elected to produce their own coverage instead of airing national coverage produced by their respective affiliated networks.

On WTKR, Juliet Bickford anchored, with Laurie Simmons live from the campaign rally. On WVEC, Mike Gooding helmed coverage from the USS Wisconsin. David Culver anchored coverage on NBC-affiliate WAVY, with Andy Fox at the announcement site. Read more