The Ponzi scheme epidemic of 2008 kicked off with part-time Palm Beach resident Bernie Madoff, and then hit Florida much harder than most states. That's the consensus of a new Forbes analysis, which found that Florida was second in total number of dollars lost to Ponzis, trailing only New York, and ... More >>
Technically summer is over. For most of the country, the season of sweating like a marathon runner and suffering third degree sunburns ended two weeks ago, back on September 22nd. But anyone in Florida will tell you that date is meaningless, because in these parts, summer doesn't end until Halloween ... More >>
Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Miami® 2012 online at bestof.voiceplaces.com.There is no doubt at all that Miami is an in-your-face, ... More >>
Only in Miami could our inboxes be flooded with press releases like this Wednesday's police announcement: "Clandestine Dentist Arrested." Oh, thank God, you say. Then you think, what kind of a city has fake dentists? I mean, how hard can it be to graduate from dental school?But this is Miami, quite ... More >>
I was in the stands at Shea Stadium in 2006 when Endy Chavez, God bless his tiny heart, made this heroic catch in the NLCS' Game 7 to seemingly seal the Mets' glorious destiny. That was the last time I've ever experienced joy. Three innings later, Carlos Beltran was frozen by an Adam Wainwright ... More >>
via Yahoo SportsNevin ShapiroNevin Shapiro and his Coral Gables attorney, Maria Elena Perez, have the national media eating out of their hands these days. Shapiro is trying to bring down UM's football program, and Perez -- who's not in jail -- has helped him by making TV appearances. But the pair wa ... More >>
The big auction of Bernie Madoff's old stuff went down this weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and more than $400,000 was collected to pay back his victims. The big news though is that someone paid $200 for a lot of Madoff's old boxer shorts. Which seems like a really good deal and a s ... More >>
Wave goodbye to that $3 million desk, Allen.You've got to give Allen Stanford credit for thinking big -- instead of sinking his $8 billion Ponzi scheme profits into the usual uber-rich guy stuff, he bought himself the entire Caribbean nation of Antigua, sponsored giant cricket tourneys (despite b ... More >>
Convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff wasn't a cheap man. Even though he was far from a booze enthusiast, apparently having a well-stocked and extensive stash of wine and fine liquor is just a byproduct of having way too much money (other people's, in this case) than one knows what to do with. Th ... More >>
My old buddy Bob Norman is shipping outta New Times Broward Palm Beach and heading for the TV news. Bob has been the franchise player at that paper for years -- ably assisted by the likes of a staff that has included stars like Sam Eifling, Ed Newton, Tony Ortega, Mike Mooney, Lisa Rab, Trevo ... More >>
Given the high profile cases of Bernie Madoff, Scott Rothstein and Allen Stanford, the image of a Ponzi schemer is usually that of some rich white guy with a cigar hanging out of his mouth praying on already well-off investors, but not all schemers fit that bill. Marguerite Martial Jean, a 38-yea ... More >>
Michael MillerChinchilla so soft you could snort it for only $91,000You might not have noticed, but the Magic City has a wee bit of a poverty crisis going on these days. Half the county is behind on its mortgage and Miami's homeless can't even get their hands on unwanted LeBron jerseys.So imagine ... More >>
That blindfolded chick holding the scales just made it rain justice on Rumeal Robinson. The former University of Michigan basketball hero and NBA journeyman-- whose addiction to strip clubs was first exposed by this blog-- has been convicted in Iowa federal court of fraud. The Aventura resident was ... More >>
photo by Bill CookeBack in March, we were the first to detail local author Frank Owen's charges that Gerald Posner had plagiarized dozens of passages in his latest book, Miami Babylon, from Owen's 2003 book Clubland. The case opened the floodgates on what looks like Posner's career-long habit of ... More >>
Travis Stubbs, exponential dumbass.This week, believe it or not, was a relatively intelligent one in South Florida. We had a Miami Gardens minister buying Rolls Royce Phantoms for drug dealers, and a Miami Heat player's penis made an unexpected cameo, but all in all, it was mostly quiet on ... More >>
It's once again that time of the week-- when a bearded, wild-eyed Riptide climbs down from that mountaintop hoisting stone tablets bearing the names of the last seven day's most elite numbskulls. Without further ado, your morons of the week: 5. The city of Haikou It's being called the "Miami of Chin ... More >>
Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein bilked investors out of $1.2 billion, but at least he didn't Miami-Dade CorrectionsKarl Thompson stole $1.2 million from a retired police officer.bamboozle a poor one-armed handyman like Karl Thompson did.The 40-year-old scammer defrauded friends and business associa ... More >>
"When I was in high school, I was editor of the paper, and we did an April Fool's issue that was all fake news. I look back at that and look at what I'm doing now, and I realize just how little growth there's been in the last 30 years."Andy Borowitz is discussing his career and being more than m ... More >>
Ruth Reichl comes to the Miami Book Fair International to plug a huge 1,000-plus recipe cookbook called Gourmet Today -- on the heels of the announcement that there would be no more Gourmet magazine tomorrow. That's sort of like Bernie Madoff going on a financial self-help book tour in the weeks ... More >>
Photo via MySpace.com Never mind the fact hat he dresses like a club promoter. If your investment manager has a MySpace page, get a new investment manager.Forget Flagler, Tuttle, and Brickell. We need to start naming streets and bridges after a historical figure whose legacy is honored eve ... More >>
via Iotea's flickrSometimes Miami-Dade County Hall reminds me of that guy who's always dreaming up wacky get-rich-quick schemes and shady money-making ideas ("Dude, I just bought that book from the guy who wears question-mark-print suits..." "If I hit up every sperm bank in the tri-county area once ... More >>
Bernie Madoff, the West Palm Beach financial demon who ripped off thousands of investors, many in South Florida, has been sentenced to the maximum 150 years behind bars. "I'm responsible for a great deal of suffering and pain, I understand that. I live in a tormented state now, knowing all of the ... More >>
via Taunton GazetteOkun and Bolani in happier timesBernie Madoff is facing 150 years in prison, but that's nothing compared to the 400-year sentence that could await former Miami businessman Edward Hugh Okun.Not much ink has been spilled locally about Okun, but we'll bring you up to speed. At s ... More >>
Local In Miami Beach, a police officer shot and killed Husien Shehada, suspecting he had a gun. Then the cop arrested his brother, but family and friends think the reasoning doesn't line up. [Herald] A class-action lawsuit filed in Miami asks that "phantom fees" be returned to Bernie Madoff's vict ... More >>
Yes, it seems even Palm Beach can't escape the iron clutch of impending economic doom. Fortunes strip-mined by Bernie Madoff, trendy uber-boutiques slinking off Worth Avenue like mangy dogs, billionaires reduced to poverty-stricken multimillionaires. And now an affordable restaurant is heading for t ... More >>
A downtown Miami firm allegedly helped build an $8 billion Ponzi scheme. It could have been stopped.
In a state still reeling from Bernie Madoff and staggering toward 10 percent unemployment, it's tough to think of many adjectives less likely to endear you to the commoners than accused billionaire Ponzi schemer.via mediaimran's flickrStanford, at left, sponsored $20 million cricket matches in the g ... More >>
Local Donte' Stallworth surrendered to police. [CBS4] The Miami planning board approved the permit for the Marlins stadium. [SFBJ] Miami-Dade Transit has no money, so it's trying to skim a little off the top of stimulus money that belongs to municipalities. [MiamiToday] HSBC (a bank) just signed a ... More >>
This week poll magicians were out in full force collectively interrupting Americans' family dinners with long surveys. Both CBS and the Daily Kos have interesting polls out where we learn surprising things (Hillary Clinton has better approval ratings than Michelle Obama) and not so surprising things ... More >>
We're not sure exactly what happened when New in Town got pitched. We imagine some screenwriter hack was all like, "You know how in Miami the temperature is relatively warm? Right? Well, what if some lady from Miami had to move to the frozen tundra of Minnesota? Then she had all sorts of slapstick a ... More >>
An epic condo bust can't burst his bubble.
The Miami Jewish Film Festival offers perspective on a changing culture.
South Florida multimillionaire Michael Bienes never cut ties with Bernie Madoff, even after the SEC shut him down.