Political Corruption

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Rick Scott Signs Ethics Reform Bill into Law

    Florida is apparently not as corrupt as it once was, and now it just might be getting even less so after Gov. Rick Scott signed the Government Ethics bill on Friday. The bill -- SB 846 -- is designed to make incremental changes and improvements to Florida's ethics laws, including annual ethics trai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Florida Is the Tenth Most Corrupt State

    When someone thinks "government corruption," one readily thinks "FLORIDA!" But as it turns out, our fair state of supreme malfeasance has been tanking a little in the rankings. At least, according to one study. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University studied more than 25 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Bolivia's Top Anti-Corruption Cop Convicted of Extortion in Fort Lauderdale

    Back home in Bolivia, Col. Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga's gig at the Bolivia National Police was to root out corruption -- supposedly. In an irony that makes perfect sense in the Caribbean, Ormachea has been sitting in U.S. Federal custody since September on charges he tried to extort money from a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    City Activist Fane Lozman Offers Reward: $50,000 for Information on Riviera Beach Officials

    Fane Lozman has seen plenty of rampant corruption in Riviera Beach. He's also convinced there's more, so he's putting his money where his mouth is. Lozman, along with the Palm Beach Sun newspaper (to which Lozman contributes occasional columns), is offering a $50,000 reward for information about c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Some Tamarac Residents Want Patte-Atkins Grad Recalled

    Just because you're a public official once accused of corruption, doesn't mean you can't pick make a comeback. Tamarac city commissioner Patricia Atkins-Grad in December was acquitted on corruption charges stemming from a 2010 indictment. The commissioner, a realtor who goes by the nickname "Positi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Will Ilene Lieberman's Scandal-Skirting Past Affect Her Run for Circuit Court Judge?

    If you vote in next week's Broward primary election, you'll be able to pick from a number of judges who are up for election. One of them is Ilene Lieberman, a Broward County commissioner who nearly fell to corruption charges before testifying against her friends for prosecutorial immunity.She's also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Michael McAuliffe Went Fishing for Corruption in Riviera Beach, Went Home Empty-Handed

    He rode into the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office promising to fight corruption, but in Riviera Beach, Michael McAuliffe failed spectacularly.Three years ago, McAuliffe charged three Riviera cops with felonies ranging from official misconduct to tipping off a murder suspect about an impending arre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    David Harris Testifies in Riviera Beach Cop Corruption Trial; Pat Galligan Does Not

    A Riviera Beach detective could spend hundreds of years in prison for helping her boss pad his overtime, while he has escaped testifying at the trial that is largely about him.Detective Lee Ann Schneider is on trial this week for 152 counts of forgery and official misconduct, accused of repeatedly s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Florida Public Corruption Ranks Fourth in U.S.

    ​It turns out Florida is pretty damned good at letting the easily corruptible get into positions of power. Since 1976, the state's federal courts have handed out nearly 1,800 public corruption convictions, the fourth highest in the country. That's an average of 49 public corruption conviction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Rothstein on Melissa Lewis Murder: "Everyone Knows I Wasn't Involved"

    ​He's a Ponzi schemer, a fraudster, involved with corrupt politicians and the Mob, but Scott Rothstein insists he's not a murderer.Under intense questioning by attorney Mary Barzee Flores during a deposition last month, the  "Prince of Darkness" vehemently denied being involved in the 2008 mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    BSO Corruption Case Ends With Slap on the Wrist, Despite Continued Danger at the Port

    Firefighters at Port Everglades need a new hose and pump system to fight potential oil tank fires like this one, but the purchasing of the system has been plagued with problems.​If you're like most people and you don't watch a lot of local TV news, then you probably missed Carmel Cafiero's fine re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    "Miss Gottlieb, YOU Are the Distraction"

    We all knew that Broward Commissioner Ilene Lieberman -- once perhaps the most powerful woman in the county -- disappeared for a few months, missing commission meeting after commission meeting without explanation.  After weeks of questions, Lieberman claimed her AWOL status was due to a he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    The Many Faces of "Pill Mill Vinny"

    ​The many faces of Vincent Colangelo, the convicted heroin and cocaine trafficker who decided he could make more money in the pill mill business, where authorities say he unloaded some 770,000 high-powered pain pills in a single year. Fort Lauderdale activist Cal Deal put together ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Sources Say Lieberman's Malady Is Stress-Related

    Lieberman and Ritter during happier times.​Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca brought up a key -- and politically loaded -- question at yesterday's commission meeting. Essentially he asked: What about Ilene? Commissioner Ilene Lieberman, who has been AWOL for months now, was abse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Sheila Alu: I'm Running for Broward County Commission If...

    After a report on JAABlog appeared stating definitively that Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu is running for County Commission in 2012, I spoke with the potential candidate. Alu tells me she is going to run for the seat currently held by the embattled Ilene Lieberm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Grand Jury Report Another Exercise in Futility

    When ineffective governments lack the strength or wherewithal to act, there is only one thing left for them to do. They issue reports. After Rick Scott is sworn in as governor tomorrow, grand jury starter Crist will have more time to party​I can't say that the statewide gran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Dirty Developers Sue City; Ritter on Diplomat Tab: "I Don't Remember"

    Bruce and Shawn Chait paid off a who's who of Broward County public officials to get government approvals for their controversial housing development on two golf courses in Tamarac. ​The father-and-son team bought since-imprisoned Broward County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion a golf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Official: Supt. James Notter Made Call for Dirty Developers

    In a sworn statement with state prosecutors, late Broward Superintendent Michael Garretson gave a downright creepy description of the telltale sign of when "cunning" former School Board Member Stephanie Kraft, who is facing corruption charges, was lying.   ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    LeBron James' Return in Heat Jersey Meant Cleveland Had to Have Its Heart Broken -- Again

    LeBron took his ball and went home -- to Florida.​It wouldn't have been Cleveland if the Cavaliers had won. That's not what Cleveland sports teams do. There must be heartbreak. There must be desperation. There must be earnest, pale faces waving signs that say "Quitness."In a city ravaged by forecl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Sources: Another Corruption Arrest Coming on Election Day

    Former Tamarac Commissioner Marc Sultanof will turn himself in to the Broward County Jail tomorrow on state corruption charges regarding his involvement with dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait and possibly other matters, two informed and reliable sources tell me. Sultanof w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    New Year's Corruption-Busting Agenda for Palm Beach State Attorney

    Facebook.comMcAuliffe, on the war path.​Palm Beach State Attorney Michael McAuliffe has attracted plenty of attention lately for his efforts to bust public corruption. He recently forced the resignation of the fourth county commissioner in four years to face criminal charges and created a Public C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Pompano Commissioner Woody Poitier at the Fringes of Corruption Scandal -- Again

    Photo: mypompanobeach.comWoody Poitier​When a corruption case strikes in North Broward, Woody Poitier has a peculiar way of being near the scene of the crime. He's the Pompano Beach commissioner who appointed activist Vicente Thrower to an advisory committee of the city's development agency. On Mo ... More >>

  • News

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Morning Juice: Family Identified From Sunken Minivan; Mass Murderer's Attorney Wants to Seal Records

    ​A quick look at what's making news around here:A Palm Beach County jury gave a not-guilty verdict to Allison Dinsmore, the 27-year-old teacher from Boynton Beach tried on felony animal-cruelty charges after leaving her two cats home alone, where they starved to death. [Palm Beach Post]The bodies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Disgraced Politicos Who Should've Stayed Hidden

    Mark Foley is baack.​Now that former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley has begun his unembarrassed return to Republican politics, it's tempting to recall the many other disgraced Floridians who perhaps should have stayed hidden longer. Blithely ignoring the infamy of their scandals, these public figures ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Morning Juice: Corruption Sting in Miramar Lures City Manager; 18-Month Old Infant Struck by Truck in Lauderhill

    ​Tuesday morning's news in Broward and Palm Beach:The federal corruption investigation in Miramar goes right to the top, as filings in that case indicate that former commissioner Fitzroy Salesman set up a meeting between an undercover agent and City Manager Robert Payton, who then helped the agent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Governor's Office in No Hurry to Replenish Scandal-Plagued Hospital Board

    Flickr​Among the many problems at the North Broward Hospital District (a pending criminal corruption investigation, a pending internal investigation for fraud, to name a couple), the district's board currently has an attendance problem. The kind that only Gov. Charlie Crist can fix.The governor ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Morning Juice: Dolphins Get Hosed in Tennessee; Gallagher Looks Trial-Bound in Corruption Case

    ​It's Christmas week. And here's what's in the news in Broward and Palm Beach:The Dolphins staged an amazing comeback yesterday in Tennessee, only to have their inspired effort wrecked by a bullshit call against Greg Camarillo. []Adderley elaborated on his statement last week about Rothstei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Dan Gelber on Ethics Reform: Sign Me Up

    Flickr: UN1SONGelber​Not all Florida politicians are gun-shy about ethics reform. Yesterday, after failing to get commitments from three high-profile Republicans, I asked attorney general candidate Dan Gelber whether he would support a bid by the Florida Commission on Ethics to give it more power ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Merry Christmas, Broward School Board. Here's Some Coal.

    Courtesy of Broward Teachers Union​ In the spirit of holiday giving, about 6,000 postcards from Broward Teachers Union members are expected to begin arriving at the homes of Broward School Board members today. The cards, featuring lumps of coal and some adorably angry-looking children, are not ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Florida's Leading Republicans Offer Deafening Silence on Ethics Reform

    FlickrCrist: I'll pass this political football, thank you.​Three of the state's most influential Republicans have "talked the talk" on ethics reform in Florida, but yesterday we asked them to "walk the walk." Make a public statement backing the effort by the Florida Commission on Ethics to free it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Hospital Commissioner Bounced From Host Committee by Crist Campaign

    Flickr: Linnette Alissa​Gov. Charlie Crist is learning to tread lightly on the Broward County fund-raising circuit. Yesterday morning I posted this item about how Broward Health Commissioner Joseph Cobo was named to the host committee for next week's swanky Crist fundraiser at the home of West Bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    UPDATED: Eggelletion to Enter Guilty Plea

    Eggelletion​Former Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion has agreed to enter a guilty plea in the federal corruption case against him.UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Eggelletion's former colleague, Commissioner John Rodstrom. "I think it's just a tragedy," he said of Eggelletion's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    [Updated] Crist's Crusade for Ethics: Act of Incompetence? Or Campaign Gimmick?

    FlickrIt didn't make much of a splash in yesterday's news cycle, so let's try this again: The Florida Supreme Court has denied Charlie Crist's request for a special grand jury to investigate corruption in South Florida. From the get-go, it seemed like a bizarre request for Crist to make, especially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Reactionary Politics You Can Love

    Flickr: UN1SONGelber​Usually, we're skeptical when a campaigning politician cites a breaking news story as a basis for new legislation, but we'll suspend that cynicism for the moment. State Sen. Dan Gelber, Democratic candidate for Florida attorney general, has seized on the recent corruption case ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Searching for Democrats to Run Corruption County

    Any Dems want to run against Steven Abrams?​After watching three Republicans on the Palm Beach County Commission head to prison on corruption charges, one might imagine local Democratic operatives corking champagne bottles in anticipation of next year's battle to fill the seat held by Republican C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    A Word of Advice on Caring for the Elderly

    Don't combine that care with public corruption.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Corrupt Politicians to Teach Charlie Crist, Principal who Attacked Wife Won't Be Sharing Toilet with Commissioners

    The state wants all six Palm Beach County commissioners to testify under oath about corruption in hopes that they might teach authorities how to catch corrupt politicians. The move comes after Mary McCarty resigned under corruption charges and while two former commissioners are sharing a metal toile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Peter Boinis: Help! My City Hall ATM Code Is Not Working.

    Poor, poor Peter Boinis. He's the restaurateur who somehow (*cough-campaign donations-cough*) convinced a few Deerfield Beach commissioners that it was a good idea to lease him its pier for just $150,000 per year so that he could build a restaurant there. A burst of city activism derailed that plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Morning Juice: DCF Protects Children with Racists, State Beats Legion of Doom for Most Corrupt

    The children of DCF.DCF Managers Use Racial Slurs That You'll Need to Look UpEmployees at the Department of Children and Families office in Tallahassee apparently like to throw around racial insults. An internal DCF audit found that six employees, even supervisors, were throwing around words, like " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    To Answer the Questions of Deerfield Beach Residents...

    Deerfield Beach is still reeling after last week's arrests of Mayor Al Capellini and Commissioner Steve Gonot. Residents keep calling the Juice newsroom with the same questions, and we'll answer them here.1) No, tomorrow's meeting of the Deerfield Beach City Commission will not take place at Broward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Don't Vote... It Only Encourages Them

    I keed. Vote. It's important. Ralph De La Cruz has an inspirational column about it in the Sun-Sentinel today, but for some reason it's not on the newspaper's web site. So if you don't have the paper, you'll just have to take my word for it. But there's more than just voting happening today -- t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2006

    Hating On Aunt Betty

    Singer (in wig) and Satz goon it up (former Herald staffer and current Satz flack Ron Ishoy is on far left) Our esteemed state attorney, Michael Satz, is on the cover of the Sun-Sentinel's Society section today. Apparently he's a honcho in the American Cancer Society, an indication that he might ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    Will Feds Investigate Michael Satz, Too?

    Let's see. Leon Fooksman and Chrystian Tejedor start us on a murder mystery in Boca Raton. Lisa Huriash stirs up a nest of envy in Sentinel readers, what economist Thorsten Veblen called pecuniary emulation. We know some people demand 40-foot swimming pools, theaters, billiard rooms, full-court bask ... More >>