It’s still unclear when Jeremy Dewitte started Metro-State Special Services. His badges and uniforms state it was established in 2010. On television and in police recordings in 2019 he said he ran his business for the last 10 years with no problems.
Yet in May of 2011 Jeremy sent a correspondence from prison while serving a four year prison sentence and being released after two years. Metro-State Special Services was also not registered in the state of Florida until February 2019 after someone informed police about Jeremy Dewitte’s business practices.
When Jeremy Dewitte was released from Graceville Correctional Facility he stayed out of legal troubles, at least criminally.
On January 12, 2009 he filed a personal injury suit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. The insurance was in his wife Rania Dewitte’s name. In 2009 Rania still went by her maiden name of Abdelrahman.
On December 30, 2015 Jeremy Dewitte filed another civil lawsuit against a different insurance company for $15,000. Jeremy was able to afford insurance in his own name at that time. David Moffett from the law firm Morgan and Morgan was his attorney.
From 2013 to 2017 Jeremy Dewitte was ticketed multiple times. On December 26, 2013 he was ticketed for unlawful speeding. It appears this is the first time he met and retained his current attorney Amir Ladan.
For four years Jeremy used various attorneys for traffic citations involving driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding, using loud horns and red and blue lights and impeding traffic.
Many of these tickets were a result of his funeral escort business in Central Florida. Metro-State Special Services was a company used almost exclusively with funeral homes and churches. The purpose of the business was to lead grieving friends and family from churches to burial sites.
The traffic tickets suggested there were actions occurring during these funeral processions that were outside of the scope of what was lawful. During this time Jeremy Dewitte met with his attorney Mark NeJame and Sheriff Jerry Demings at Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
There were concerns with law enforcement about the direction this new company was going in and the Sheriff wanted to make it very clear what could and could not happen on the road. Jeremy was given at least one letter clarifying what Metro-State Special Services was allowed to do and how their uniforms should appear.
There didn’t appear to be anything else that stood out in the years between Jeremy Dewitte’s prison release and 2017 except for one incident on September 8, 2014. On this day Jeremy and his attorney Daniel Lapina filed a petition for a name change in front of Judge Diana M. Tennis.
As a registered sex offender Jeremy Dewitte had to register nearly everything he did, from creating online accounts to moving down the street. Any changes to his name or his identity would also be something he would have to register and it would immediately grab the attention of law enforcement.
On October 16, 2014 Judge Tennis dismissed the petition. Jeremy Charles Dewitte would have to continue to use his original name.
This 2014 attempt to change his name and identity would come up again four years later.