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Juliet Bickford M.

News Anchor

WTKR

HQ Phone: (757) 446-1000

WTKR

720 Boush St

Norfolk, Virginia 23510

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

News Anchor
Local TV LLC/ WTKR - Norfolk, VA

News Anchor
Media General/ WSLS-TV - Roanoke, VA

News Anchor
Media General, Inc. - WSLS 10

News Anchor and Reporter
KACB, San Angelo, TX

Mayor
Hampton

Affiliations

Board Member
Virginia Crime Stoppers Association Inc

Education



Washington and Lee University

degrees
Broadcast Journalism and Theater

Web References (63 Total References)


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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford

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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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EXCLUSIVE: Birth and Rebirth for Juliet Bickford - July 1, 2015
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It was no mystery why anchorwoman/reporter Juliet Bickford resigned from WTKR. Channel 3's competitors told us all about her part in a scandal the revolved around tax returns and money laundering.
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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Juliet Bickford on her wedding day with some of her WTKR friends. Photo by Keith Cephus, courtesy of Juliet Bickford
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EXCLUSIVE: Birth and Rebirth for Juliet Bickford


Former local TV news anchor Juliet ...

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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme

Newscaster's bank account used as conduit in conspiracy case, prosecutors say An undated holiday card sent by Terry Grontis and Juliet Bickford.
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An undated holiday card sent by Terry Grontis and Juliet Bickford.
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Juliet M. Bickford, 35, resigned abruptly last week from her news anchor job at WTKR News Channel 3, the CBS affiliate in Norfolk.
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According to court documents and multiple sources, Bickford had a long-term dating relationship with Theodoros "Terry" Grontis, whom she met on a trip to the Bahamas in 2006, when she was still working for a TV station in Roanoke.
Grontis moved to Virginia a few years later, taking up residence with Bickford in 2009, in a waterfront home on the Hampton River in the city's Fox Hill section.
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A Hampton native and the great-granddaughter of a former Hampton mayor, Bickford has worked at WTKR since 2008, anchoring broadcasts and reporting her signature "Taking Action Against Crime" and money-saving segments.
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Grontis, 42, who is now a fugitive from justice, was paid for his role in the scheme with cash wired to him by way of Bickford's bank account at Bank of America.
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Bickford - who has not been charged in the financial fraud conspiracy - has up to now been listed in court documents in that case only by her initials, "J.B."
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Meanwhile, Bickford appeared in U.S. District Court in Norfolk on Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of making a false tax return.
A "statement of facts" that Bickford and prosecutors signed off on as part of a plea agreement makes clear that Bickford is the "J.B." referred to in the larger fraud conspiracy case.
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Also, Bickford, "on her boyfriend's behalf, would make various cash withdrawals by ATM or counter withdrawals."
At the hearing, Bickford entered a guilty plea to one count of making a false tax return, based on the allegation that she itemized $14,241 in medical expenses, resulting in an incorrectly inflated $8,256 deduction to her adjusted gross income.
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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme


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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme

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Former local TV news anchor Juliet Bickford linked to international fraud scheme
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Juliet M. Bickford, 35, resigned abruptly last week from her news anchor job at WTKR News Channel 3, the CBS affiliate in Norfolk.


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Juliet Bickford resigned last week after working at WTKR for 6 years. Her tax fraud scandal is on the front page of today's Virginian-Pilot, and is getting big play on WAVY-TV and many other Norfolk-area media outlets.

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WTKR, however, hasn't said one word about its former anchor's legal troubles. (There's nothing about today's guilty plea by Bickford on the station's website.)
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I didn't even bother asking Hoffman who will be hosting the award-winning "Taking Action Against Crime" segment now that - in his words - Juliet Bickford resigned last week for personal reasons.
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Bickford has agreed to pay $10,000 to the IRS, and prosecutors have recommend she get probation and no jail time.
* Former WTKR anchor Juliet Bickford enters guilty plea (wavy.com)


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Until recently, Juliet Bickford reported the news as an anchor for WTKR News Channel 3, the CBS affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia. Bickford stopped reporting the news because she eventually became the news (though her own news channel did not cover the story).

Bickford was charged with a misdemeanor: filing a false tax return. That's admittedly not much of a story. But what makes it interesting is how Bickford landed on the radar of the Internal Revenue Service. That misdemeanor charge grew out of an investigation into Bickford's finances after she was linked - but never charged with any wrongdoing in the matter - to an international fraud scheme involving three Canadians, one of whom was Bickford's former boyfriend, Theodoros "Terry" Grontis.
Bickford met Grontis on a trip to the Bahamas in 2006.
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It was one of a number of moves that reinforced the notion that Bickford led a charmed life. She seemingly had it all: pretty, rich, and connected. And she had a dream job.
Three years later, Grontis moved in with Bickford.
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While they lived together, Bickford continued to report the news, drawing a hefty salary.
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Bickford played along, making it possible for Grontis to live well.
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Bickford claimed that she allowed Grontis access to her accounts because she believed that he couldn't get an account because he was not a U.S. citizen - and he had overstayed his visa.
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That lifestyle came to an end in 2011 when Bickford received a call from the Internal Revenue Service.
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Grontis left Bickford behind to face the music.
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In exchange for her information about the scheme, Bickford took a plea to filing a false tax return for 2011.
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For her part, Bickford claimed $14,241 in bogus medical expenses, including a $12,010 hot tub "for hydrotherapy."
To be clear, it's not illegal to claim a hot tub on your taxes. You can deduct legitimate medical expenses related to the "costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body" (IRS Pub 502 downloads as a pdf). That includes the costs of visits to the doctor and other medical professionals and also the "costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes. Bickford claimed that the tub was prescribed by her chiropractor which might have qualified for the deduction assuming that it was used exclusively for medical purposes and not for personal reasons. Apparently, Bickford didn't produce a prescription but she did offer a receipt. The receipt, however, showed that Bickford's mother, not Bickford, paid for the hot tub. That means that Bickford was not entitled to the deduction - even if she could prove that it was medically necessary.
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By taking a plea, Bickford will likely avoid any jail time. Under the terms of her plea agreement (downloads as a pdf), Bickford must pony up $10,000 in restitution in addition to refiling her taxes for the years 2010 and 2011, paying any associated tax due plus interest and penalty.
Despite all of the drama of the past few years, it seems that Bickford will land on her feet. Despite her, er, questionable taste in men, she found a new boyfriend in short order. Last year, she announced her engagement on air. An April 2014 wedding is planned but it likely won't be on the news - Bickford recently resigned her job as a news anchor for WTKR.

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