U.S. Federal Trade Commission

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    September 30, 2014

    Fake School in Fort Lauderdale Shut Down by State, but There Are Plenty More

    On September 19, the Federal Trade Commission announced the takedown of a sham school operating out of Fort Lauderdale. Jefferson High School LLC shared its name with a brick-and-mortar institution in Tampa. Although the similarity made it sound legitimate, the State Attorney's Office says Jefferson ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Green Coffee Extract: Congress Probes Doctor Oz and a Florida Company

    If you've been following the journey of Dr. Mehmet Oz -- a popular TV host made famous first by Oprah in 2004 -- you know that he's been grilled by senators recently for strongly endorsing ineffective weight loss products on his show. But you might not know about the Florida company whose products ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Welcome to Florida: Rick Scott Woos Cancer Treatment Business Accused of "Quackery"

    With great fanfare, Gov. Rick Scott last month announced the latest trophy in his campaign to get corporate America to relocate to Florida. Infelicitously calling it a "one-way ticket to the Sunshine State," Scott hailed the Boca Raton arrival of Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the "more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Broward Men Sent 42 Million Spam Texts to Cellphones

    Ever receive a text, and you think it's from a buddy or your girlfriend, and you look up to read it and it says: "Your entry in our drawing WON you a FREE $1,000 Target Giftcard! Enter "312." Well, so have millions of other people And now, two Broward businessmen are being punished by the Federal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    South Florida Number One in Identity Theft for Second-Straight Year

    Ah, identity theft. The scourge of our web-retail purchasing nation and a damned pain in the ass to try to fix. South Florida is the mecca of identity theft. Because, of course it is! And now, for the second straight year, we've got a monkey-fisted death grip on the number-one ranking, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2011

    Republicans Against Limiting Kids' Unhealthy Food Ads

    Mmm, tastes like diabetes.​Doctors along with the Obama administration have proposed a way to change childrens' diets in an effort to halt the obesity epidemic. The suggestion is to limit or ban fast-food or unhealthy ads from kids' TV shows.Republicans have responded with a resounding "no," feari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Will High-Society Boca Couple Keep Their Mansion After Legal Loss?

    Photo from BocaResort.comLori and David Keezer in a 2006 issue of Boca Club Life.​Just look at that happy, handsome couple! A May-December romance that surely had little to do with David Keezer's vast wealth. Indeed, Palm Beach County records show that the Keezers' crib in the Royal Palm Yacht &am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Cash4Gold Portrayed as Predator by New York Congressman

    In a Washington, D.C., news conference Tuesday, Congressman Anthony D. Weiner declared Pompano Beach-based Cash4Gold "a golden opportunity for citizens to be ripped off."Wait, you mean we can't trust Hammer and deathbed-ridden Ed McMahon?Weiner's news conference is a prelude to legislation he's craf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Nutritional Supplement Maker in Boca Convicted of Fraud

    Flickr: DarkHairedGirl​Poor Frank Sarcona, AKA Frank Sarcone, AKA Dave Johnson. Whatever the chap's name, he lacks the creativity to concoct new scams. Sarcona -- let's stick with that -- was convicted last week by a federal jury for a host of fraud charges, after he violated the terms of an injun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Weston Congresswoman Lands Promotion; Will Help Us Get More Stuff

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Weston Democrat (not to be confused with the Westin Diplomat), has been named the vice chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which is a long way of saying she's in a better position to get us more stuf ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2007
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    April 21, 2005


    Energizer Con Man

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    October 7, 2004
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    January 8, 2004

    Doing Time in the Boiler Room

    How to make that "wonderful weekend in Orlando" sound like a month at the Taj Mahal

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    Spam Sandwich

    South Florida's Eddy Marin went from cocaine to porn to spam

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong

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    January 3, 2002

    Call Me Now! ...And Pay Me Later

    With all the millions Miss Cleo brings in, her Broward-based bosses have little trouble paying their way out of those pesky lawsuits

  • Culture

    July 26, 2001

    It Happens

    Ohmigod! Five seasons in, South Park's the funniest show on TV.

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters for January 25, 2001

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Paying the Price

    Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    The Grift of Gab

    Stephen Tashman made a small fortune launching Telecard Dispensing Corporation. If only his investors had been so lucky.

  • News

    July 29, 1999

    The Doctor Will Sell You Now

    Supplied by Rexall Showcase of Boca Raton, doctors and other distributors are pitching alternative forms of medicine that may not work in ways that may not be legal