The Tampa Tribune April 16, 1999
DANA CORUM INDICTMENT TRIAL
2nd paralegal charged with anti-judge plot
Author: SARAH HUNTLEY; The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA – A paralegal from West Palm Beach has been indicted on charges that she falsely accused a federal
judge and prosecutor of holding a surreptitious meeting to discuss a case.
Dana D. Corum, 61, who lives in Lake Worth, made an initial appearance Tuesday in Tampa’s U.S. District
Court. She was released on $100,000 bail.
Corum, the co-owner of Panther Investigations Inc., is the second paralegal charged with obstruction of
justice in the alleged plot. Corum’s friend and business associate, Michael Barfield of Sarasota, was arrested
The indictment, dated March 24, says Corum plotted with others to falsely accuse U.S. Senior District Judge
Lee P. Gagliardi of misconduct.
The scheme, which included making false statements to federal agents and submitting phony documents to a
grand jury, was designed to have Gagliardi removed from a Cape Coral embezzlement case, the indictment
Developer Carl Bailey and two others are charged with embezzling millions from Cape Coral Hospital
through insider land deals and construction contracts, according to court records.
Bailey moved to have the judge disqualified after telling the court two private detectives said Assistant U.S.
Attorney Kathleen Haley, who was assigned to Bailey’s case, and Gagliardi met at a cafe in 1997 to
improperly discuss his case. That allegation was “baseless,” the indictment says.
Gagliardi died last year.
Copyright 1999 The Tribune Co.