September, 2009 Category

Sep 30 2009

Update: Feds Say Eye Doc Used PAC $$$$ For Mistress

Filed under: General News

BY BUDDY NEVINS

The bust was bad enough for Dr. Alan Mendelsohn  — 27 counts of mail fraud and five counts of lying to federal officers.

But after reading the indictment, Mendelsohn might need two lawyers.  Maybe one for the federal charges and another to unwind his personal life. Read the rest of this entry »



Sep 30 2009

Sunrise Commissioner Wore Wire In Probe

Filed under: General News

sheila alu 

BY BUDDY NEVINS

 

Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu wore a wire for the FBI against people who thought they were her friend.

 

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Sep 30 2009

Eye Doctor Busted In Mutual Benefits Probe

Filed under: General News

BY BUDDY  NEVINS

Alan Mendelsohn, a Hollywood eye doctor who was once one of Florida’s biggest GOP fund raisers, has been arrested on charges connected with the Mutual Benefits insurance scam.

He is charged with an eye-popping (I couldn’t help myself) 27 counts of wire and mail fraud and five counts of lying to federal agents.

Mendelsohn is alleged to have used false solicitations to raise some of the $2 million in political contributions he collected over the past decade.  He is charged with falsely claiming he had brokered a deal to stop the investigation into Mutual Benefits, a multi-million dollars insurance Ponzi scheme.

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Sep 29 2009

School Board member Phyllis Hope Part Of FBI Probe

Filed under: General News

BY BUDDY NEVINS

 

School Board member Phyllis Hope fell into the FBI’s net  by attending a party thrown by undercover agents as part of an investigation into Broward government corruption.

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Sep 29 2009

Plantation Athletic League’s New Contract Almost Finished

Filed under: General News

 BY BUDDY NEVINS

City hall and Plantation Athletic League officials say they need two more weeks to iron out final details of a new contract governing kids’ sports at city-owned facilities. Read the rest of this entry »



Sep 29 2009

Lobbyists, Insiders Target New Courthouse Project

Filed under: General News

BY BUDDY NEVINS

With the feds everywhere, you would think the lobbyists would be lying low.

Not in Broward County. Read the rest of this entry »



Sep 29 2009

Former Sheriff’s Candidate Passed Over For Job

Filed under: General News

BY BUDDY NEVINS

The cop who almost became Broward sheriff, almost became Gainesville’s police chief.

But close is only good in horseshoes. 

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Sep 26 2009

Broward Probe: 302 Reasons Not To Talk To The FBI

Filed under: Guest Column

BY SAM FIELDS
Guest Columnist

Actually, there are not 302 reasons.  There is but one and it is called in federal court “The 302.   It could screw the innocent and the unwary.

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Sep 25 2009

Gallagher Campaigned On “Zero Tolerance” For Crime

Filed under: General News

BY BUDDY NEVINS

I’ve kept every local campaign brouchure that ever came into my hands and sometimes they come in useful. 

Like today when I dug up Bev Gallagher’s old pieces from her first campaign. Read the rest of this entry »



Sep 24 2009

Is Joe’s Pension Safe?

Filed under: General News

BY BUDDY NEVINS

There was a lot of talk Thursday on why the feds nabbed Josephus Eggelletion for money laundering, which has nothing to do with his county commission job.

The fact that the charge is money laundering could have a future impact on taxpayers.  Could Eggelletion collect his pension even if convicted because his crime didn’t involve public office? Read the rest of this entry »



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