Diana Wasserman-Rubin

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    May 4, 2012

    Former Broward Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin Insists She's Done Nothing Wrong

    Former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin is accused of felony public corruption. Investigators say her husband made $1.1 million off of taxpayers for writing grants that she helped approve, which we first wrote about back in 2005.The affidavit that went along with ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Richard Rubin Sentenced to Ten Months in Federal Prison

    Richard Rubin (right) and Diana Wasserman-Rubin.​Richard Rubin -- husband of former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who still faces seven felony charges of her own -- was sentenced this morning to ten months in federal prison.Rubin, 66, pleaded guilty in April to federal tax eva ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Bob Norman's Greatest Hits

    Bob Norman is not a man to gloat, so we're doing it for him. During his 13 years as a writer at this periodical (four as feature writer, nine as a columnist, five of those nine as the Daily Pulp blogger), he has had a rash of successes -- especially if you count sending corrupt public officials to ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Stephanie Kraft, It's Time to Plead Guilty

    The most resounding message sent by the conviction of former Deerfield Beach Commissioner Steve Gonot is this: Not this time, Stephanie.​Juries, at least those in Broward County, don't buy politicians' convoluted explanations for apparent wrongdoing. So those of you now facing corruption char ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Richard Rubin Pleads Guilty, Faces Likely Prison Term

    Richard Rubin, with his attorney David Bogenschutz at his side, was contrite in federal court as he pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge. An emotional Rubin, who is the husband of criminally charged former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, admitted to Judge William Zloch that ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    This Tax Day Brings Bad Tidings for "So Ethical" Richard Rubin

    Back in 2005, I questioned Richard Rubin, husband of criminally charged former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, about his relationship with the shadowy politically connected real estate broker Ira Cor. Ira Cor: Real estate broker to the politicians.​Rubin worked as a sales a ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Wasserman-Rubin's Hubby Hit With Federal Tax Charges

    A lot of people didn't think it was fair that while his wife was hit with felony corruption charges for voting on a grant that benefited him, Richard Rubin seemingly got off scot-free after he and other officials gamed the Town of Southwest Ranches for millions of dollars. The Rubins​Well, no ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Why Did Stacy Ritter Appoint Les Stracher To Powerful Planning Council?

    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, shortly after voting in favor of the controversial housing project being pushed by dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait, appointed the husband of  the Chaits' chief political consultant to the Broward County Planning Council. In early 2007, Ritte ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    More School Board Investigation? Bring It On

    Well, the state's Education Commissioner is sending an inspector general down to Broward County to look at the dysfunctional and corrupt embattled school board. Let's hope they find a way to clean house. Notter and JenJen bask in all their success​The state is involved thanks to the grand ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Rick Scott Does Something Good. Yeah, I Said It

    Model Citizen Scott deserves a hand today. ​Rick Scott's move to force government employees to contribute to their pensions (like everyone else) and drop the horrid DROP triple-dipping program is flat-out wonderful. It's high time someone derailed the gravy train that government ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Former Commissioner Mary McCarty Embarrassed to Tell Inmates Why She's in Jail

    McCarty knows how prison works: She keeps quiet on her crimes.​After spending more than a year and a half in the slammer, former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty probably misses those nights at luxury cottages in Key West that caused her to trade her power suits for a jumpsuit. A Palm B ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Joel Steinger's Ponzi Palace

    Want to live like a Ponzi schemer? Buy Joel Steinger's house. Steinger​Steinger, the felon behind the giant Mutual Benefits viatical scam, is facing federal fraud charges. As I told you this morning, he's on house arrest while he awaits his day in court, assuming it will ever come af ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    The Mayor, The Landscaper, and the Italian Honeymoon

    You know something is wrong when an elected official is a close "friend" of a lobbyist or contractor on which he or she routinely votes.  Lobbyists and vendors want nothing more than to forge close relationships with government leaders so they can make sure to win ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    UPDATED: Charges Brought In Ynot Case

    ​ ​ Ynot with son Max just days prior to his death​ UPDATED: The SAO just announced that it has filed charges in the case of graffiti artist Jonathan "Ynot" Corso. The release: The Broward State Attorney's Office has charged Reynaldo Rodriguez, 32, with vehicular homicide in ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Deadlocked Jury in Leyritz Trial

    ​ UPDATE: This just in: The jury is deadlocked in the Leyritz trial. They're apparently ready to call it a hung jury, but Judge Marc Gold is trying to get them back in there to try again. That's right, we're looking at a probable 'nother go-round. Call it: Leyritz Trial II, The Sta ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    A Mayor Named Sue

    They just voted Sue Gunzburger the new Broward mayor to replace Ken Keechl. Hey, it was her turn. Commissioner Kristin Jacobs made a very lame motion for Gunzburger, saying that "when each jewel is allowed to shine, the whole crown shines." Yuck. Out with the old, in with the ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    City, County Attorneys Should Be First Line of Defense Against Corruption -- So Where Are They?

    FlickrLegal advisers to Broward governments should have a sharper eye for elected officials' conflicts.​Broward County governments are each supposed to be protected by a single attorney who can advise them on how to steer clear of the kinds of conflicting interests that could land them in jail. So ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Why Can't South Florida's Politicians Sing and Dance Like North Florida's?

    This music video is from Florida Rep. Mike Weinstein from Jacksonville. He's a Republican -- as you probably guessed from the dancing scenes. (Warning: Around the 2:52 mark, a dancer makes a move that's not quite for the family-values crowd.)I hope some of our South Florida politicians take the cue ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Morning Juice: Heat Hit a Free Agent Lotto; Thief Lived by Gun, Died by Gun

    ​A look at the local news for Wednesday morning in South Florida:Within hours of announcing her resignation from the Broward County Commission, Diana Wasserman-Rubin was arrested and charged with unlawful compensation, based on her casting votes on grants for Southwest Ranches that were written by ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Diana Wasserman-Rubin Indictment Due to the Reporting From Our Own Bob Norman

    Wasserman-Rubin's mug shot.​Prosecutors typically don't cite reporters as a source when they've built a criminal case, and today's indictment of Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin is no different. So here's a little footnote.Today's charges would likely have never happened if not fo ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Honey, I Rigged the Vote (Part II): With Wasserman-Rubin Charged, Time to Revisit the Juice's Corrupt Couples Watch-List

    ​Way back in October, this blog used the Tom Ridge terrorist threat chart to rank Broward County's power couples according to the threat they posed to the integrity of local government. The duo of Richard Rubin and Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin posed an "elevated" risk of committing corruptio ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Broward Commissioner to Be Charged for Corruption

    Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin appears to be the latest elected county official to face corruption charges. As usual, Bob Norman has the scoop. Check out his post on Pulp.

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    June 30, 2010

    Sue Gunzburger Ensnared by Corruption Probe

    Photo: C.StilesSue Gunzburger​The Broward Sheriff's Office is getting mighty ambitious with its corruption investigation. The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger is a target of agency investigators who are looking at deals that her husband's company made with Broward ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Florida Ethics Czar Asks for Leniency for Corrupt School Board Member

    Sun-Sentinel This shot by Mike Stocker should have won a Pulitzer.​The top ethics official in Florida penned a letter asking a federal judge to show leniency for former Broward County Board Member Beverly Gallagher, who has pleaded guilty to bribery and other federal charges that ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Morning Juice: John Goodman Jailed; West Palm Stripper Busted for Armed Robbery

    ​Here's what's news this morning in Broward and Palm Beach:Wellington polo mogul John Goodman is in a Palm Beach County jail this morning, charged with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter in connection with the February crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. [Palm Beach Post]Construction ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Morning Juice: Oil on the Way to Our Beaches; Felony Charges Looming for Broward Commissioner

    ​Here's a look at what's in the local headlines this Tuesday morning:"Tar balls" have been found in Key West, the harbinger for oil in the Gulf of Mexico spreading to the South Florida coast, with potential for a dramatic effect on the marine ecosystem. [WPLG]Judging by remarks made by her defense ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Morning Juice: Nova Professor Murdered in Home; FBI Agent Shows Salesman the Money

    ​The news in Broward and Palm Beach:A Nova Southeastern University science professor is believed to be dead following a home invasion early Tuesday morning. Police say a man and his wife were tied up by an intruder, who shot the man -- believed to be homeowner Joseph Morrissey -- and then set the ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Morning Juice: Josie Lou Ratley Shows Movement; Broward Commissioner Blames Health for Political Retirement

    ​Here's what's happening in South Florida news this Monday morning:Scott Rothstein is said to have hired Mafia associates on the pretext of needing their help shredding documents that could damage the investigation into his Ponzi scheme, but while they took the money, the mobsters never destroyed ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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    January 28, 2010

    Morning Juice: A Dramatic Day at Court With the Rothsteins; Are Rubins the Next Couple Headed for Federal Court?

    ​The headlines this morning in Broward and Palm Beach:Following his guilty plea to fraud charges in connection with a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein received a sentencing date of May 6. He's hoping for leniency based on his having returned from Morocco and helpin ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Morning Juice: Another Broward Commissioner Investigated; Kim Rothstein Gives Interview

    ​Let's see what's in the papers and on the TV news this Wednesday morning:Prosecutors are finally getting 'round to issuing subpoenas in the long-overdue investigation of Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who voted for some $11 million in grants for parks in Southwest Ranches -- g ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Honey, I Rigged the Vote: Broward Power Couples Screw Each Other; Then They Screw Us

    Can Ritter and Klenet hold on to the top spot on our corruption watch list?​In light of the explosive findings Bob Norman's been posting over at Daily Pulp, it's time we identify a trend in Broward corruption: power-mad married couples, ruling the region like a king and queen, carving up our publi ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    The Broward County Commission Is A Nest Of Whores

    I've decided to go with more blunt and truthful headlines ... can you tell? The inspiration for this one is the passing of lobbyist Ron Book's initiative to bring more money to the county's bail bondsmen at the expense of our tax dollars. Book, who represents the bondsmen, has been w ... More >>

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    January 11, 2009

    Sun-Sentinel: Corruption Is Suddenly ... Everywhere!

    Jennifer Gollan had a nice little scoop about elected officials' travel that centered on mayors Richard Kaplan, Joy Cooper, and Frank Ortis billing hundreds of dollars to stay at a hotel for a convention in Miami -- all of about 30 miles away. Nothing earth-shattering, but a sweet daily&nb ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Congratulations Gators, God Loves You Most

    I bet on Florida (-3) in the national championship game. That's right, I actually sort of like the Gators now that Spurrier long gone, and I've always been partial to the SEC. It was just a friendly wager with a friend, though, and by the middle of the game I was sort of pulling for Oklahoma. Why? ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007
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    August 9, 2007

    Family Ties

    Broward Commission, lobbyists ooze coziness

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    January 11, 2007

    Politicians Feed At Super Trough

    The Miami Herald had a nice scoop today about the NFL offering local politicians Super Bowl tickets at their $600 or $700 face value. A lot of them -- including Broward County Commissioners Sue Gunzburger, Stacy Ritter, John Rodstrom, and Diana Wasserman-Rubin -- took advantage of the offer. Josephu ... More >>

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    October 13, 2006

    Oh Canada

    Canada I have mixed emotions on this day. On the one hand, it's great news that John Canada has been terminated as Southwest Ranches manager, as the council's decision will bring an end to one of the most corrupt fiefdoms in recent South Florida history. And town councilman Jeff Nelson deserves a ... More >>

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    September 19, 2006

    Spread the Mayo

    Where would the Sun-Sentinel be without Mike Mayo? Today he finally gives the newspaper a whiff of credibility with his column about Ken Jenne's hiring of John Hanlon. Before, he was nailing the Hard Rock for stiffing the guy who won the $260,000 jackpot when the regular staff seemed suspiciously ab ... More >>

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    August 3, 2006

    Somebody Listened

    Here's to Ray McKinney. Who is Ray? He's just a retired fellow in Fort Lauderdale who doesn't like corruption. He called me after I wrote stories about Southwest Ranches last year and said he was going to do something about it. Based on the stuff I'd dug up, he filed an ethics complaint based on th ... More >>

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    July 28, 2006

    Is Katherine Harris A Ruthless Soviet Dictator?

    Not much time this morning, so just a few South Florida media news gems to pass along: -- Scott Hiaasen's report on the continuing fallout of Arthur Teele Jr. A co-defendant in a criminal case is expected to go on trial soon and his lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, promises: "Even in death, we will vin ... More >>

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    March 16, 2006

    Oh, Canada

    We objected to John Canada's abuse of power. But the state didn't.

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    July 7, 2005

    Cor Values, Part 2

    A developer may make off with a bundle, and a town could be left holding the bag

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    June 30, 2005

    Cor Values

    A Broward dealmaker (and ex-con) strikes up a friendship with a county commissioner's husband.

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    April 7, 2005
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    March 24, 2005

    Cash Cow

    A group of political opportunists is cashing in on the rural town of Southwest Ranches

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    February 6, 2003

    Grounds for Eviction

    Besieged by the metropolis, a coffee joint gets the boot

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    February 14, 2002

    Print and Politics

    The Broward Times delivers unconventional, often shrill journalism to an unsuspecting town

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    July 13, 2000


    When Americans With Disabilities Act Out

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