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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Rothstein arranged $6 million, high-interest loan to Riverside Hotel

By Dan Christensen,   Jailed ex-lawyer Scott Rothstein arranged a $6 million loan at a high rate of interest last spring to a subsidiary of The Las Olas Company, the struggling owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Riverside Hotel, county land records show. Las Olas Company president and chairman Irving Bowen mortgaged the venerable hotel to […]

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Eggelletion agrees to plead guilty

By Dan Christensen, Suspended Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion has agreed to plead guilty to a new federal information filed Tuesday that charges him with conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to a trio of sources. Federal court records show that in exchange for Eggelletion’s plea, prosecutors have agreed to cap the amount of […]

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Money and betrayal on Las Olas Boulevard

 By Dan Christensen, The heiress to a Broward family fortune that includes Fort Lauderdale’s landmark Riverside Hotel and much of chic Las Olas Boulevard’s priciest real estate is suing her once trusted right hand man saying he betrayed her. Barbara S. Wells, whose grandfather started The Las Olas Company in 1936, alleges ex-company president […]

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Remembering the dead; Obsessed with justice

By Jonathon King, His right eye is swollen and sightless, the victim of diabetes, blinded by age and bursting blood vessels. But behind its brown glaze are the memories of one man’s accounting of the dead. So many dead. “I worked more homicides than I can count,” says retired Detective Doug Evans, sitting at […]

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Chief judge Tobin reopens old wounds, wins at Supreme Court

By Dan Christensen, When Broward Circuit Judge Victor Tobin was elected chief judge two years ago he vowed to heal a deeply divided courthouse and restore public faith in Broward’s judiciary. But Tobin’s recent decision to transfer two rival veteran judges to divisions they did not request, and have told supporters they do not […]

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Finalist for U.S. Attorney planted phony court records

By Dan Christensen, A Miami-Dade judge who President Obama is considering to be South Florida’s next U.S. Attorney once falsified official court records in apparent violation of state law. Judge Daryl Trawick, right, instructed the clerk’s office to alter the public court docket in 2002 at the request of state prosecutors seeking to protect a […]

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Money, politics and Bush’s failed plan to name a Broward loyalist U.S. Surgeon General

By Dan Christensen, Sworn testimony in the Broward insider stock-trading case against a top Republican fundraiser is shedding new light on the alleged fraud and how political access is bought and sold. Fort Lauderdale heart doctor Zachariah P. Zachariah and two other physicians, including his brother, are accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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Top Republican fundraiser’s insider trading trial called off amid possible deal

By Dan Christensen, Next week’s federal insider trading trial of a major Broward GOP fundraiser with close ties to former President George W. Bush has been called off while a possible settlement deal is worked out. Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah, his physician brother and a third Fort Lauderdale doctor are accused of hauling down […]

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Anatomy of a frame-up

“To seek the just determination of all criminal matters that are presented to the State Attorney” – from the web site of Broward State Attorney Michael Satz By Dan Christensen, Once upon a time Jerry Frank Townsend was South Florida’s deadliest serial killer and rapist. Broward Sheriff’s Office and Miami Police Department homicide detectives […]

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Ten who would not have died

Ten women and children died between the day Jerry Frank Townsend was arrested for murder in 1979, and the day Eddie Lee Mosley was sent to a state hospital for the criminally insane in 1987. Each of these murders was later linked to Mosley by DNA testing or other means. The dead: 12/24/79   Susan Boyton 2/22/80   Arnette Tukes 3/10/80  […]

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