Found While Googling for a Short Time – I am posting this in case anyone wonders why the public has lost faith in elected officials. If you have more posts like this, please add them to the comments section.
South Florida politics home to plenty of corruption
A shaving kit stuffed with cash, a political payoff delivered in gaming chips at a Nassau casino, free flights to the Bahamas and discounted stays at luxury resorts.
…Coffey and others said they expect to see more corruption charges against elected officials throughout South Florida.
"The way democracy works today, regrettably, is that the people who peddle money and influence are able to manipulate government figures," Tierney said. "It's a sad state of affairs."
Keith Wasserstrom Guilty in corruption case
Guilty verdict in corruption case
Suspended Hollywood commissioner Keith Wasserstrom was convicted Wednesday of two violations of the state's conflict-of-interest laws. http://browardsblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/keith-wasserstrom-guilty-in-corruption.html
Broward Mayor Ritter under investigation by elections commission
The Florida Elections Commission has concluded that the allegations about Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter's campaign finance reports are worth investigating. http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2009/06/broward-mayor-ritter-under-investigation-by-elections-commission.html
St. Johns County Florida Commissioner Thomas G. Manuel Indicted For Bribery JACKSONVILLE, FLA
The chairman of the St. Johns County Commission has been indicted for two counts of bribery. http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2008/10/18/stjohns_bribery/
Two Levy commissioners, two others indicted
Four government officials, two from Cross City and two from Levy County, have been indicted … indictments were unsealed naming Cross City officials Marcellus Dawson and Johnny Miller Green and Levy County commissioners William Samuel Yearty and Robert Anthony Parker, according to two federal indictments. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20081106/NEWS/811061018?Title=Two-Levy-commissioners-two-others-indicted
2 Indicted Over Florida Bond Sales; SEC Alleges Bribes Paid to W in Business
An employee of a Little Rock, Ark., investment banking firm, Stephens Inc., and a former Florida public official were charged yesterday with bribery and securities fraud in a case involving the sale of nearly $37 million in municipal bonds for Escambia County, Fla. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P2-817701.html
W.D. Childers released from prison
Former Fla. Senate president will have to register as convicted felon
Former Senate President W.D. Childers, who served in the Senate from 1970 to 2000 and was Senate president for the 1980-82 term, walked out of a prison work-release center Wednesday, ending nearly three years of confinement on a bribery conviction. Childers was sentenced to 42 months for bribery and accepting unlawful compensation for official acts as a county commissioner in 2006. He was accused of paying fellow County Commissioner Willie Junior to vote for purchase of the old Pensacola Soccer Complex for $3.9 million.
Commissioner Tom Manuel indicted for bribery
Historic City News has learned that United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton today announced the return of an indictment of Thomas G. Manuel, a 63 year old resident of St. Johns County, Florida, charging him with two counts of bribery. http://www.topix.com/forum/county/st-johns-fl/TAARIV9UG38O9FVIO
Former Florida Speaker of the House indicted
On the same day that Sansom was elected speaker of the house in November 2008, he was also hired for a no-bid job at Northwest Florida State College. ...http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Former_Florida_Speaker_of_the_House_indicted
FORMER DIXIE COUNTY OFFICIALS INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, FALSE STATEMENTS
Gainesville, Florida - Thomas F. Kirwin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced today the indictment of three former Dixie County officials, Willie Dewey Keen, Jr. (59 ), John Lee Driggers (60 ), and Alton James Land (67). The men are charged with solicitation of bribes in connection with business pending before the Dixie County Board of County Commissioners… http://jacksonville.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/bribery102308.htm
Former Miami commissioner indicted on charges of money laundering.
For the second time in less than a year, former Miami City Commissioner Arthur Teele found himself in handcuffs and accused of pocketing money meant to help the disadvantaged. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-9452805_ITM
Spence-Jones Faces Indictment
State attorney investigates ethically challenged Miami commissioner.
City Commissioner in Miami Is Indicted on Fraud Charges
A City Commissioner here has been indicted on Federal charges of mortgage fraud and money laundering barely nine months after he was elected to replace a commissioner who resigned in disgrace and is now in prison for a bribery conviction.
Commissioner Humberto E. Hernandez, a 35-year-old lawyer, was among 13 defendants accused in two indictments of overlapping schemes to get mortgages and Medicare payments under false pretenses and launder the proceeds. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/30/us/city-commissioner-in-miami-is-indicted-on-fraud-charges.html
Deerfield Beach Mayor Al Capellini and Commissioner Steve Gonot were arrested last week.
Gonot is accused of theft from his campaign account after he allegedly wrote a check to a friend for campaign office equipment that was not delivered until months later, after an investigation had begun. Capellini is charged with voting on a development project that involved his company, which also had a contract on the project to do engineering work.
Absentee Voting Practices Result In Felony Charges Against Orlando, Florida Mayor, Judge, Campaign Manager, And Others
The lawyer for Orlando, Florida's "ballot king" said Friday that his client was paid by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and a who's who of Central Florida politicians to gather absentee votes, an allegation that if true means they may have broken the law.
Jacob mayor under investigation
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating Jacob City Mayor David Pittman, according to Jackson County Sheriff John McDaniel and an FDLE officer... “It is an active investigation, referencing allegations of fraud and misconduct on the part of the mayor,” http://www.jcfloridan.com/jcf/news/local/article/jacob_mayor_under_investigation/10121/
Former Tamarac Mayor Says Developer Offered Him $200,000 Cash Payoff
Former Tamarac Mayor Joe Schreiber told the Pulp today that Prestige Homes -- which is embroiled in a scandal involving Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion -- offered him $200,000 cash if he would agree to remove his wife, Mae Schreiber, from the mayor's race and throw his support over to Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco, who is the current mayor.