Soldier home squatters face Pasco judge - WRBL

Soldier home squatters face Pasco judge

Posted: Updated:
Julio Ortiz and Fatima Cardoso Julio Ortiz and Fatima Cardoso
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Julio Ortiz and Fatima Cardoso faced a judge Tuesday.

The pair are now infamous for squatting in the New Port Richey home of a deployed soldier for more than a year and refusing to leave.

There are no charges for squatting, but they were arrested Monday for stealing at least $2,000 in electricity while at the home.

Pasco County Judge William Sestak declined to lower their bond for grand theft and kept that bond at $5,000. For Cardoso, it will be even more difficult to get out of jail. Her charge is a violation of her probation on drug charges last year. Because of that, there is no bond on that charge.

Sestak had little to say at the hearing. Both Ortiz and Cardoso said they have no jobs and no money to hire an attorney. Both of their cases were referred to the public defender's office.

Meanwhile, a veteran's group, Veteran Warriors, continues to work on cleaning and renovating the home. The hope is that the house will look brand new when the solider, Michael Sharkey returns from Hawaii with his family in June.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.


  • Don't Miss ItMore>>

  • VIDEO: Grouper snatches shark in one bite

    VIDEO: Grouper snatches shark in one bite

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:44:27 GMT
    Clip of video from YouTubeClip of video from YouTube
    One bite: that's all it apparently took for a grouper to eat a 4-foot shark in a video posted to YouTube, according to user Gimbb14.
    One bite: that's all it apparently took for a grouper to eat a 4-foot shark in a video posted to YouTube, according to user Gimbb14.
  • 3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:51:02 GMT
    Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photoContestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
  • Bottles of Corona Extra Beer Recalled for Glass Particles

    Bottles of Corona Extra Beer Recalled for Glass Particles

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:33:35 GMT
    The recall covers 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with specific production codes.The recall covers 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with specific production codes.
    Hold that lime wedge for your Corona, at least until you check the code number on the neck of the bottle.Constellation Brands, which imports the Mexican beer, is recalling select packages of Corona Extra in the United States because bottles may contain small particles of glass.
    Hold that lime wedge for your Corona, at least until you check the code number on the neck of the bottle.Constellation Brands, which imports the Mexican beer, is recalling select packages of Corona Extra in the United States because bottles may contain small particles of glass.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.