Pasco lawyer arrested on multiple counts of forgery

Article Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Times

Published November 7, 2016


A Pasco County lawyer who has been under investigation for the possible doctoring of documents was arrested over the weekend on charges of forgery and obtaining property through fraud.

Constantine Kalogianis, 53, arrested on Saturday is facing eight counts of forgery and one count obtaining more than $50,000 worth of property through fraud, according to Pasco County jail records. The Tampa Bay Times was unable to obtain further details of his arrest on Monday.

Kalogianis, a well-known Pasco lawyer, real estate developer and former U.S. congressional candidate, has been under investigation by State Attorney Bernie McCabe's office over claims that he doctored records in several foreclosure cases to benefit his clients. Two 2015 surveillance videos from the Pasco clerk of court's office appear to show Kalogianis stamping something on court files from two separate cases.

Additionally, a judge in August recommended Kalogianis face disbarment for at least five years after not paying back a $227,644 investment a 73-year-old client made to him in 2007.