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Updated: 07/18/2014 10:55:17AM

Ethics complaint filed in ‘Black Widow’ case

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Janeene Lea Jones

By DREW WINCHESTER

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NORTH PORT — The former target in a murder-for-hire plot has filed a complaint with Florida’s Commission on Ethics, claiming the State Attorney’s Office mishandled the case and let both defendants, Janeene Jones and her husband, Matthew Reilly Smith, off easy.

John Chamberlain, 46, was one of two men that Jones, the so-called “Black Widow,” tried to have killed by hiring a hit man, stemming from an ongoing real estate fraud scheme using abandoned and foreclosed homes throughout North Port. Jones was arrested in February 2013, when it was announced the hit man was actually an undercover Sarasota police detective.

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