Attorney General Bondi gives Broward Health deep discount in fraud settlement

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

By Dan Christensen, 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, 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, A globetrotting former stock broker who’s […]

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

By Dan Christensen, 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, 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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More woes for PBS&J as it probes possible corrupt payments to foreign officials

By Dan Christensen, PBS&J, the giant Florida-based government contractor already rocked by a pay to play scandal that led to guilty pleas by two of its former chairmen, has informed the Justice Department and federal securities regulators that it is investigating other possible crimes involving its overseas construction projects. “The purpose of the internal […]

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As Rep. Wexler departs, his curious $150,000 campaign bet goes bust

By Dan Christensen, South Florida U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler’s 13-year sojourn in Congress is almost over, but his campaign – or rather his campaign’s fat bank account – will run on indefinitely. But the Wexler campaign’s final takeaway is likely to be lighter than the congressman expects. The reason: the apparent total loss of Wexler’s unusual and secretive investment […]

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Two doctors fined, another to trial in top Republican fundraiser’s insider trading case

By Dan Christensen, The former chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine and another Fort Lauderdale physician have agreed to pay substantial sums to settle federal civil charges of insider stock trading. Dr. Mammen P. Zachariah, appointed to the board of medicine by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2004, and Dr. Sheldon Nassberg allegedly reaped […]

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Executives talk, but PBS&J walks in campaign scheme

By Dan Christensen, Political gridlock in Washington has let one of Broward’s biggest government contractors off the hook for any liability in a decades-long scheme to win contracts by shoveling out illegal campaign contributions. PBS&J was not charged with a crime two years ago when its two immediate past chairmen pleaded guilty in federal […]

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FBI used paid informant against Eggelletion

By Dan Christensen, An obscure Fort Lauderdale businessman with international connections and a history of helping the FBI was a paid informant in the U.S. government’s case against suspended Broward commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, court records show. How much the government paid Patrick J. Lochrie, and what he did to earn that money, was not […]

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