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    November 5, 2014

    Fort Lauderdale Jury Acquits Swiss Banker Accused of Leading Overseas Tax Scheme

    A top Swiss banker accused of running a massive tax evasion scheme that helped superwealthy clients evade billions in taxes was acquitted in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday. He faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors failed to prove that Swiss citizen Raoul Wei ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Fort Lauderdale Accountant Can Help You Claim Bitcoin Gains/Losses on Taxes

    Bitcoin has become hugely popular because its potential as a new type of currency that operates outside of any government control. Because it can be bought, sold, and traded anonymously online, outside of banking institutions, proponents say it can help make commerce fast and easy and empower people ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Authorities Seize Lotto Equipment After Post Exposes Flaw in System

    The Florida Lottery has been very, very good to about 200 people. Suspiciously good. Those 200 have "won" more than 30 times each, according to a Palm Beach Post investigation that rolled out this week. But reporters found that the most winningest gamblers were often store clerks.

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    December 18, 2013

    Ricky Williams: My Financial Adviser Stole $6 Million

    Retired Miami Dolphins star Ricky Williams is alleging in court that his former financial adviser ripped him off to the tune of $6 million. According to a lawsuit filed in Houston, Williams trusted Fort Lauderdale-based Peggy Fulford with almost all of the money he made since 2007 -- more than $11 ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Benzaiten Center, Lake Worth Arts Project, Played Tax Status Puffery with Public

    Misrepresenting your tax exempt status when dealing with the public and public officials? Not cool. Having the IRS make whole your puffery after the fact? Priceless. Just ask the folks at the Living Arts Foundation -- the Florida non-profit that is sponsoring the Benzaiten Center for the Arts, a $1. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Florida Banned The Internet, Claims Cafe Owner Lawsuit

    Remember that bill that was recently passed that outlawed Internet cafes? Well, apparently, one cafe owner is suing the state because, as he puts it, the bill basically makes smartphones, computers, and pretty much the entire internet illegal in Florida. Consuelo Zapata, owner of Incredible Investm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Marco Rubio Wrong on Immigration and Guns, but Florida Still Kinda Likes Him, Poll Says

    Hey, Marco. We gotta talk. We know, you're busy listening to Coldplay or some other suburban gringo music that you profess to love. But this is serious. You've been making a lot of noise lately -- on gun control, on immigration, on the IRS -- and it's making our heads hurt. We'd just like you to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Of 50 "Worst Charities," 11 Are in Florida

    Florida may be one of the most generous states when it comes to giving, but the Sunshine State also happens to have the worst charities in the nation. According to a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting, Florida has 11 of the 50 worst charities i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    After Tea Party / IRS Debacle, Republicans Call for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Return Campaign Donation

    In case you missed it, Tea Partiers around the country are mad at the IRS. Long story short: the IRS isn't supposed to let any old group be exempt from paying taxes. Agency rules dictate that it is only supposed to grant 501 (c)(4) status to "social welfare" groups -- ones that don't make politics ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Morton's the Steakhouse Food Porn Pic Helps Feds Nab Identity Thieves

    Two South Florida identity thieves the feds have been trying to nab were caught after one of them couldn't resist Instagraming a picture of his food at Morton's the Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Nathaniel Troy Maye, 44, who claims to have stolen 700,000 identities, and his lady friend, Tiwanna Ten ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Marco Rubio Calls For Non-Existent IRS Commissioner To Resign

    Marco Rubio and the GOPers have their new Obama outrage to dryhump with this IRS fiasco where they targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election. And so Rubes is asking -- nay, DAMANDING -- that the IRS Commissioner resign his IRS Commissiony job effective immediately because... outrage! A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Internet Cafés Are Officially Banned in Florida

    Gov. Rick Scott officially made internet cafés go kaput Wednesday afternoon, when he signed legislation that bans up to 1,000 internet gaming storefronts across the state. See also: -Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Has Resigned The new law is in large part thanks to Allied Veterans, an intern ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Internet Cafés Ban Passes Florida House

    Much to the harrumph of Florida senior citizens everywhere, it looks like internet cafés are closer to being no mas in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday afternoon, a Florida Senate panel voted unanimously to shutter internet cafés and senior arcades.

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    March 12, 2013

    Rose Marks, Fortuneteller Accused of $25 Million Fraud, Now Targeted by IRS

    One of the more made-for-TV courtroom dramas to roll out of Broward recently involves Rose Marks. The matriarch of a Fort Lauderdale family of fortunetellers, Marks schemed $25 million from a best-selling romance novelist and other victims, or so say federal prosecutors. The psychic herself has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Tax-Exempt Hate Group Flouts IRS, Campaigns for Romney

    Last week's chaotic, tragicomic public debate at the Ross Jewish Community Center in West Boynton Beach -- "Should Jews Vote for Obama or Romney?" -- featured two distinct styles of advocacy for Jewish support of the GOP. One comes from delusional innocence, the other from calculated malevolence. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    David Cypress, Tax-Evading Former Seminole Leader, Sentenced to Federal Prison

    From the uncharted universe next door that is government on the Seminole reservation, comes a likely first for Native Americans: a former tribal leader is going to prison on tax evasion charges.David Cypress, a member of the Seminole tribal council until 2010, was convicted of filing a false tax ret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Jose Canseco Bankruptcy: Blames Government, Would Like to Keep His Bowling Ball

    Disgraced South Florida baseball player Jose Canseco is in debt -- $1.69 million in debt, to be exact, most of it in taxes. But don't worry -- it's not the former MLB all-star's fault."The issue is very simple: If you've got friends and family, the more money you make the more you spend on them. So ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Secular Group Files IRS Complaint Against Terry Jones Church

    A group says they filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday over the recent actions of Terry Jones' Dove World Outreach Center, which hung an effigy of Obama outside of its church earlier this month. The D.C.-based group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Ten Deals on Tax Day for $10.99 (or Less)

    Welcome to Tax Day, the last possible moment to delay paying financial obligations to the IRS. Needless to say for most of us, after-work activities will not involve shopping or splurging on a tasting menu. I'm really cranky about it this morning.If you too owe Uncle Sam more than a paycheck, we're ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Tomorrow Is Your Chance to Buy Weird Stuff Seized by the Government

    A warehouse in Pompano Beach is full of fancy stuff seized by the government: watches, wines, iPods, and diamond bracelets taken from criminals of every sort by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the IRS, and the Secret Service. And starting Friday, they wan ... More >>

  • Film

    March 15, 2012
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    March 15, 2012

    You Might Want to File Tax Returns This Year: The IRS's $1 Billion It Owes Americans

    ​​We've only got about a month left before 2011 federal income taxes are due (April 17, everybody), and, even if you didn't make enough money to require filing a return, the IRS says you might want to.Many people who don't have to file returns still have federal income taxes out of their paychec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Alex Johnson, Colombian Snitch in Case Against Buju Banton, Earned Millions From U.S. Government

    ​Alex Johnson -- a main character in this week's cover story about the conviction of Buju Banton -- on Monday further delayed his bankruptcy hearing. On the surface, there's nothing extraordinary about that; many Americans have turned to bankruptcy proceedings, which can stretch months if not year ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Seven People Charged in Tax Fraud Case Based on Secret Bank-Account Conspiracy Theory​Get this: The government creates a secret bank account for every person issued a birth certificate in the United States -- and has been doing so since the enactment of the 1936 Social Security Act -- that holds $630,000. Through a series of IRS filings, people can become entitl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Tax Day Deals

    Grab a bite before Uncle Sam bites you!​The IRS was nice enough to give us a whopping two-day extention on filing our taxes. That's all well and good, but you still might come out feeling a little poorer if you have to write a check to Uncle Sam today. Fret not, because there are a lot of ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    BurgerFi Features Two Tax Break Deals

    BurgerFi​Like many Americans, you're probably waiting until the very last minute, April 18th, to file your taxes (yes, the IRS gave us a whopping three day extension this year). After learning how much of your hard earned cash you don't get to keep, you just might need a little somethi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    WTFlorida: 10 Reasons Why Florida is Better at Everything

    Miche Ratto​Here in Florida we're really good at a lot of things. Topping the list we have: growing indoor marijuana, staging car accidents, and throwing children in jail. And boy are we good at all of those things.To learn more about the awesome state you live in click the image.

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    March 20, 2011

    Florida Prisoners Lead The Nation in Tax Fraud

    ​Florida is number one again. The state that holds the championship belt in oxycodone consumption now leads the U.S. in fraudulent tax returns filed from prison. Perhaps our prisoners are trying to emulate the leadership traits of Captain Medicaid Fraud, aka Gov. Rick Scott. Florida inmates filed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Florida Among Top Three States Targeted for a New Form of Identity Theft​How low can you go? Apparently six feet under wasn't low enough for the Fort Lauderdale man sentenced to nine years in federal prison last Friday for stealing identification from mourners attending funerals as part of an ID theft ring. But Diaz's funeral fraud ring isn't the only s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Russ Klenet Is a Former Tax Deadbeat

    ​Sources have been telling me for the past 18 months that the IRS is going to be the agency that brings down lobbyist Russ Klenet, husband of Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter. Klenet​Yesterday we got the first official whiff of it when eye doctor and felonious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Kristin Haynes, Millionaire Creator of "Dreamsicles" Figurines, Sentenced for Tax Evasion

    We must be in the wrong business. Looks like the big money is in knickknacks, trinkets, and doodads. According to court documents in a federal criminal case, Kristin Haynes, creator of the Dreamsicles line of collectible ceramic figurines (like the one pictured here) raked in nearly $3 mil ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    [UPDATEDx2] Lien on Me: Allen West Calls for "Personal Responsibility" Undermined by Personal Financial Record; Will Tea Party Protest Him?

    FlickrAllen West addresses tea partiers at their July 2009 rally.​Ha ha, just kidding about the tea party protest. Not likely these folks turn on one of their own "patriots," even if the recent revelations suggest that West has done exactly what he and his tea party allies have pilloried the gover ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Mercedes Smashes Into Lauderdale Jewelry Store

    The black Mercedes that smashed through the front door of Windsor Diamonds in Fort Lauderdale this afternoon did not have a political motive. I say this because after yesterday's kamikaze attack on the IRS building in Texas, we're all a bit jumpy about people driving things into buildings where they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Broward Check-Cashing Kingpin Busted for Money Laundering

    Photo courtesy Broward Sheriff's OfficeChristiano Gloria​Christiano Leonardo Gloria, 29, has been arrested for allegedly playing a role in what state investigators say was a 5-year scheme to defraud the IRS and launder the money. The check-cashing store operator faces 110 charges.It's a perplexing ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    GlobeTel CEO Indicted

    courtesy GlobeTel​A couple of years ago, we ran a feature story about GlobeTel, a company that was supposedly going to deploy blimp-like satellites across the country and beam down internet signals. There were a few problems with the scheme: building hi-tech airships seemed a job more suited for b ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Deal Forged in South Florida Will Peel Back Secrecy of Swiss Bank

    Flickr: twicepix​More details are emerging about the agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and UBS, the Swiss bank accused of helping wealthy Americans evade taxes -- a case that's been bandied about in South Florida's U.S. District Court and which has attracted the two nation's top diplom ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Race Car Driver to Plead Not Guilty by Reason of Celebrity; Jury May Get Chance to Dance

    Prosecutors say Helio was two-stepping with money laundering.Race car driver Helio Castroneves goes on trial today in South Florida in a case filed by prosecutors who apparently don't know that juries are incapable of convicting a celebrity. The IRS claims Castroneves conspired to commit tax fraud a ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    February 3, 2009

    GlobeTel Sanswire Will Protect America With Its Luck Dragon

    Falcor may soon be the last line of defense in the War Against TerrorGlobeTel is a Pembroke Pines company that first appeared on the local radar a few years ago, when it was promising to fill South Florida airspace with sci-fi machines called "stratellites" -- a clunky combination of a light airship ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Morning Juice: Avoiding IRS is Actually a Crime, Lois Frankel Tells Us to Go to Work

    Prosecutors: Swiss Banker Tried to Screw IRS. Us: Is That Wrong?Federal prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale have charged a Swiss banker with helping 20,000 Americans hide assets from the IRS. A judge signed an order yesterday declaring that former UBS AG executive Raoul Weil is a fugitive from justice. N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Lantana-Based White Rights Group Says It's Not Racist, Really; It's Just Lookin' Out for Whitey

    The American Association of White Americans is using the election of the first black president to tell the country a few things about its American organization of Americans. In America. In two open letters addressed to the "Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Senate Wash, DC," the Lantana-based a ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    All That Jazz

    Sophie Milman is the new jazz starlet — and one hell of an interview

  • Film

    November 9, 2006

    Anchor, Man?

    Playing against type, Will Ferrell can't quite ground this artificially whimsical romantic comedy.

  • News

    December 1, 2005

    Got House?

    Your Own Piece of Sunshine

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Prostrate Loyalty

    My President, Right or Wrong

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    Finished Line

    Federal indictments. Drugging. Lowbrow culture. Hollywood Greyhound Track is for the dogs.

  • News

    August 8, 2002
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    April 11, 2002

    Mail Chauvinists

    The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is tough on mail fraud -- and, some say, even tougher on its black female agents

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    The Deadbeat Goes On

    The state legislature should soon pass a bill criminalizing failure to pay child support, but those who live within the system say this reform doesn't go nearly far enough

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    September 10, 1998

    The Dearly Departed

    Tax collectors and employees alike have decried Susan Telli's free-spending, power-hungry ways at Broward's Hospice Care. So why is she still in charge?

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