Second man accused of filing false affidavit

Second man accused of filing false affidavit


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 16, 1999

TAMPA — Federal prosecutors have charged a second paralegal with trying to force a

federal judge off a Fort Myers criminal case by falsely claiming the judge had met

improperly with the case prosecutor at a local restaurant.

Dana Corum, 61, of Lake Worth, helped prepare a false affidavit about the meeting, which

alleged that the judge and prosecutor met at Plum’s Cafe near Fort Myers in February 1997

to discuss the case and exchange documents, an indictment states.

Corum, the co-owner of a private investigation agency, also obtained records of long

distance calls from the judge’s home telephone, the indictment said.

Corum’s indictment follows the arrest in January of Michael A. Barfield, a 36-year-old

Sarasota paralegal, on the same allegation. The judge in the case, Senior U.S. District

Judge Lee Gagliardi, died late last year after an illness.

The allegation of the meeting had forced a federal grand jury investigation of Gagliardi

and the federal prosecutor, Kathleen Haley. In 1997, Haley was the lead prosecutor on an

embezzlement case involving Cape Coral Hospital. One of the defendants was Carl A. Bailey.

Bailey hired Barfield, who in turn hired Corum, court records show. Corum and the woman

with whom she co-owns Panther Investigations Inc., Deana Scapaccino, worked out the

details of the false meeting that Scapaccino claimed to have witnessed, Corum’s indictment

states. They cooperated on an affidavit Scapaccino signed and had lunch together at Plum’s

Cafe to gather additional details, the indictment states.

In concert with unnamed others, Corum is charged with conspiracy, two counts of

obstruction of justice and being an accessory to perjury after the fact. She was arrested

in South Florida last month.

Corum entered pleas of not guilty in front of a magistrate in Tampa on Tuesday. Corum is

free on a $100,000 bond secured by her roommate’s house.

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