CPA Brian Strand is a bad dude, he stole $195,592.72 from one elderly client over the course of about 4 years, mostly ATM withdraws at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, high roller with someones cash, but there is no indication, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff report that any of the many other clients of CPA Brian Strand were effected. Brian Strand is currently in the Central Florida Reception Center (prison) 7000 H C Kelley Rd Orlando, FL. Brian Strand lost his CPA license in July 2016, Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (
|Name: BRIAN D. STRAND, CPA, PA|
When he got two unexpected letters in the same envelope last month, one from his Sarasota accountant and the other from another CPA firm he had never dealt with, Sandy Fishbein could have recognized the name of the guy who signed the second letter. But he didn’t. He was more focused on what the heck was going on with his accountant, Brian Strand, who he says was “my trusted CPA” for well over a decade. The letters both said Strand’s firm was merging with one owned by certified public accountant Joe Gruters. Strand’s letter said Gruters “shares my values,” and Gruters’ letter said “I’m deeply honored and proud to serve you in both my CPA role and my other job as an elected member of the Florida House of Representatives.” Fishbein, now more concerned, eventually got Gruters on the phone. He says Gruters kept giving him reassuring but vague statements and calling Strand a nice guy. Feeling both mistrustful and frustrated, Fishbein pushed and pushed for more information about Strand. Finally, he says, Gruters just said it. “He’s in jail.” Strand was on his way to prison, actually, to serve a three-year sentence. No reasonable estimate has him getting out for well over two years. Strand had kept it pretty quiet, it seems, but he lost his CPA status in 2015 when he was charged with exploiting the elderly by taking more than $100,000 from the trust accounts of a client in her 90s. The case progressed slowly. Last month, Strand pleaded no contest to that charge after he had finally paid the money back into the pilfered trust fund as part of the plea deal. The victim never knew about that payback. She died before the plea deal was done. Strand admitted to having a gambling problem, a police arrest report says. I doubt anything else could explain such a sloppy series of “misappropriations” by a CPA. How sloppy? Much of the money was taken via ATM withdrawals at various casinos.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com