Broward News

Former Attorneys for Hospital District Now Under Criminal Investigation

Marc Goldstone and Joe Truhe, formerly the two lead attorneys for the North Broward Hospital District, are being investigated for possible criminal charges of practicing law without a license, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

The attorneys were fired in mid-May amid allegations by the public health care district's Board of Commissioners that Goldstone and Truhe had not fully informed the board about how they would become licensed by the Florida Bar. Both lawyers moved here from out of state.

It's just the latest, strangest twist in a scandal-ridden few months for the hospital district.

Commissioner Joseph Cobo is being investigated by the same assistant state attorney, David Schulson, after an internal ethics probe found that Cobo may have improperly mingled his public role with his private occupation as a health care consultant.

But the investigation of Goldstone and Truhe is more perplexing. Documents reviewed by Juice suggest that in fact Goldstone and Truhe had been open about how they intended to gain admission to the Florida Bar. Yesterday, Truhe filed suit against the district, also naming Commissioner Robert Bernstein and acting general counsel Sam Goren as defendants for allegedly conspiring to fire him for reasons other than those offered publicly.

What's more, it seems that if Goldstone and Truhe had a nefarious plan to practice law without a license, then their plot would have been sniffed out by the two members of the Florida Bar who had a role in their employment at the district: former chief operating officer (and current state appeals court judge) Spencer Levine, and chief human resources officer Dionne Wong, as mentioned in this Juice post of last week.

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Thomas Francis