Employees At Gainesville Real Estate Firm Raided By SWAT Team Now Face Felony Charges

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Employees of a prominent Gainesville commercial real estate firm whose offices were stormed by an armed SWAT team this summer are facing felony charges after a criminal investigation said they bilked their former employer out of a cache of confidential documents and deals worth millions.

According to sworn complaints filed late Tuesday and early Wednesday in Alachua County Circuit Court, Gainesville police detectives accused Colliers International employees Lauren Edwards, 24, Daniel Drotos, 34, and Rory Causseaux, 59, of stealing dozens of trade secrets and proprietary documents and $2 million worth of deals from Bosshardt Realty Services, their former employer.

The trio is charged with felony theft or embezzlement of trade secrets and felony scheming to defraud and obtain property. Michael Ryals, 65, who is listed as executive director on the company’s website, is named as a co-defendant in Edwards’ and Drotos’ complaints.

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