Hallandale freezes payments for city development, jobs programs citing waste & fraud

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton has ordered what could be a multi-million dollar freeze on all payments under two city jobs and business development programs, saying they “have lost their way.”

Report: Hallandale commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in pattern of misconduct”

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A preliminary report by the Broward Inspector General’s Office says Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” when he “failed to disclose payments” made to him and other family members by a community group which Sanders voted to give thousands of dollars in city grants and other funding.

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Year long probe delays retrial in case of ’94 triple murder caught on tape

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Broward prosecutors said this week that they have cleared a Florida convict of involvement in one of the county’s most notorious crimes – the 1994 video-taped murders of a Miramar club owner and two models. For nearly a year, the quiet investigation of inmate William Ortiz had caused the postponement of […]

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Lori Parrish proposes, God disposes, pastor says

 By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Tough-talking Broward Property Appraiser Lori Parrish called it a “tax dodge” four years ago when Pastor Frederick “Sonny” Irons asked her to grant his $1.9 million Fort Lauderdale waterfront estate tax-exemption as a church. “Everyone knows what a real church is, and this isn’t it,” Parrish told the Sun-Sentinel after she rejected Irons’ […]

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As Lincoln Diaz-Balart exits, the question is why?

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org South Florida congressmen are dropping left and right. First, it was liberal Democrat Robert Wexler. He bolted mid-term last month to take a job running a Middle East think tank. Now, it is conservative Republican Lincoln Diaz-Balart. He announced last week he won’t be running for a 10th term later this year. […]

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Scandal plagued Broward airport contractor ousts chairman

By Dan Christensen The slow motion fall of embattled PBS&J boss John Zumwalt moved rapidly toward closure over the weekend with the announcement that he had been replaced as company chairman and would soon resign. Zumwalt’s ouster by PBS&J shareholders after five years as the company’s powerful chairman and chief executive officer was a surprise. His decision […]

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No longer good enough to be a police officer, but fine to be a lawyer

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Daniel M. Zavadil no longer carries a badge. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department fired him last fall after he admitted to signing someone else’s name on an official document. Zavadil lost his job after authorities concluded he was unfit to serve as a city police officer because of a “lack of […]

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CEO of engineering firm for Broward’s $810 million runway expansion to step down amid scandals

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org The boss of one of Florida’s biggest government contractors has announced he’s stepping down. The news comes weeks after embarrassing disclosures about his personal involvement in a corporate pay to play scandal, and disclosures about possible corrupt payoffs overseas by company officials. “After a decade of my executive leadership through the best of […]

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FBI probes huge “Ponzi-style” scheme; thousands in U.S., Canada “financially destroyed”

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Federal prosecutors and FBI agents in South Florida are investigating allegations of yet another massive investment fraud in which thousands of investors across the U.S. and Canada are said to have lost $170 million, Broward Bulldog has learned. The investigation began last month after a 50-page preliminary report about the “Ponzi-style” […]

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High-living stockbroker who defrauded investors won’t pay, ordered to jail

UPDATE: At 2 p.m. today, Jan. 22, U.S. District Judge Middlebrooks denied ex-stockbroker Jamie Solow’s request that he stay his order sending Solow to jail on Monday. The judge did, however, delay Solow’s surrender date one week to allow Solow time to appeal. Solow’s new surrender date is Feb. 1.    By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org A globetrotting former stock broker who’s […]

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Finkelstein says Satz favors bigshots, police over “everyday citizens”

By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org In what’s shaping up as an extraordinary clash of legal titans, Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein has accused Broward State Attorney Michael Satz of routinely violating defendants’ rights and applying a double standard of justice in the county. For years, the state attorney has given favorable treatment to police officers and […]

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Traffic ticket, screw-ups land Broward grandma in jail for 15 days

By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org A 78-year-old Hallandale Beach grandmother ticketed for driving on a suspended driver’s license spent 15 days in jail before authorities announced her license wasn’t suspended and an outraged judge set her free. County Court Judge Lee J. Seidman ordered Gabrielle Shaink Trudeau’s release in December at her arraignment. “She’s handcuffed like Houdini, […]

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