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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

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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