Lobbyist Smeared By Bogus Letter Campaign

Clients of Broward County lobbyist Judy Stern, who might be the most influential of all influence peddlers working at county hall, have gotten a strange letter in the mail during the past couple of days, according to sources.

The letter appears to be from Stern -- it even includes what seems to be Stern's letterhead and signature. In it, Stern's clients are informed that she is under federal investigation for money laundering and perjury and is in the process of negotiating a plea with the government.

Problem: The letter is bogus and Stern, who has close ties to several commissioners, isn't known to be under investigation at all. The letterhead is fabricated and the signature forged. In other words, it's a dirty trick.

And it appears that it's being sent to clients she's registered to represent at the county, Mardi Gras Gaming and Marriott among them.

I hear that the Postmaster General is being notified. So there might just be a federal investigation after all.

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