Attorney General Bondi gives Broward Health deep discount in fraud settlement

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Eighteen months ago, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office demanded Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower probe that cost Broward Health $69.5 million.

Corruption allegations involving Broward Health, Gov. Scott unsealed in whistleblower suit

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Bulldog exclusively reported last year about 21st Century’s unprecedented 2012 contract to provide radiation oncology services at Broward Health, and how it was inked while the governor was an investor in a private-equity firm that owned 21st Century Oncology.

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Fort Lauderdale mayor accused of “sell out” as public housing battle heats up

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Yet another Fort Lauderdale neighborhood is fighting City Hall over plans for unwanted new development – and has taken the additional step of hauling the city into court to try and stop it. In court papers, the not-for-profit Trust for Historic Sailboat Bend claims the fix was in when the city […]

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Timeshare industry to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, refunds to settle federal allegations

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Campaign contributions typically go to politicians, but timeshare owners in Broward, the state and across the country will soon split $562,000 – an amount equal to the illegal contributions collected by the political fundraising arm of the U.S. vacation industry from 2003-2007. The payout is part of a deal between the […]

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Reeling from foreclosures, Pompano homeowners upset as renovation money heads to private developer for new housing

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Homeowners are crying foul at Pompano Beach’s plans to funnel to a private developer as much as $2 million in federal housing funds meant to help neighborhoods blighted by foreclosed and abandoned houses. “Do we feel betrayed? You got that right,” said Ron Boehl, president of the Cresthaven Civic Association. Pompano […]

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Broward transit manager resigns in whistleblower case; probe continues

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org A ranking Broward County Transit official has resigned amid an internal corruption and waste investigation triggered by a whistleblower’s complaint. Lorin S. Swirsky, transit manager for information technology, had been suspended without pay since June 3 after county investigators determined he lied about having a computer science degree from the University […]

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Are you ready for some football? Fort Lauderdale neighbors say no; claim city zoning brass won’t enforce rules that protect property owners

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Fort Lauderdale’s summer of neighborhood discontent continues – this time in Coral Ridge where Cardinal Gibbons High School is pressing ahead with plans to light up its football field over the objections of neighbors. The neighbors oppose lights on poles that reach as high as 95 feet on an athletic field […]

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Democrat Butterworth, state appeals court judge testify for embattled GOP fundraiser Zachariah

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Fort Lauderdale heart doctor and major GOP fundraiser Zachariah P. Zachariah has picked up two influential allies in advance of his federal insider stock-trading trial this summer. Former Florida Attorney General and top Democrat Bob Butterworth and Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Melanie May, both Broward residents, testified under oath […]

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Worried neighborhoods seek moratorium on controversial Fort Lauderdale development law

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Spurred by a pair of high-profile zoning battles, a dozen Fort Lauderdale neighborhood associations have called on the city to halt the use of an innovative ordinance meant to encourage “unique” development. Upset residents insist the city slap a moratorium on its eight-year-old Planned Urban Development scheme – commonly known as […]

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Nine-year-old Boulis murder coming to big screen in Abramoff saga before trio of alleged killers stand trial

Anthony Moscatiello, top, Anthony Ferrari, left, and James Fiorillo By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org It was Fort Lauderdale’s murder of the decade: the 2001 gangland-style slaying of day-cruise casino cruise ship kingpin Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis. On Oct. 1, it’s coming to a movie theater near you. The three men charged in 2005 with conspiring to kill […]

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Whistleblower triggers corruption probe at Broward County Transit; one official suspended

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org A whistleblower’s allegations about possible corruption and wasted public funds at Broward County Transit (BCT) have sparked a quiet internal county investigation that’s already led to the suspension of one ranking transit official. The unidentified county employee’s accusations are in a 12-page whistleblower complaint filed with the county’s Office of Professional […]

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Classic power struggle over church expansion pits big names in Fort Lauderdale

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org First Presbyterian Church’s $20-million plan to build a big new family center and a parking garage off Las Olas Boulevard finally returns to Fort Lauderdale City Hall next week for a zoning board showdown with irate neighbors in historic Colee Hammock. After several delays, the board is expected to approve or reject […]

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