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    December 31, 2012

    Tax Refund Scams Plagued Miami-Dade In 2012

    With another tax season descending on us, you might want to secure your W-2 or 1099 a little tighter. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami has uncovered more than a dozen rackets involved in stealing tax refund checks using stolen identities of social security applicants, eld ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Gov. Rick Scott's Old Health Care Firm Faces Federal Probe For Unnecessary Heart Surgeries

    What's the most despicable way you can imagine a hospital chain trying to make extra cash? Short of kidnapping people to harvest their organs, it might be performing loads of unnecessary heart surgeries, putting patients at serious risk of death. That's exactly what HCA, the hospital chain founded b ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Florida Man Arrested for Hacking Scarlett Johansson's Nude Pictures

    ​Christopher Chaney, a Florida man, has been arrested for hacking into dozens of email accounts belonging to celebrities and others in the entertainment industry. Chaney has been confirmed to be the man who leaked nude pictures of Scarlett Johansson online, but also targeted other celebr ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    No, Your $4,000 Tax Refund Was Not Legit

    IRS: the tax man cometh.​Did you pay Tomeka Wimberly at Wizard Tax Services Inc. to fill out your return this year? Did she claim Doritos and Mountain Dew on your work expenses? How about the little known "new underwear credit"?And did you get a nice refund of roughly $4,000?If so, we hope you hav ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Elisha Dawkins, Immigrant Army Vet Jailed on Passport Charges, Rejects Deal

    Elisha L. Dawkins, the veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy who was jailed on a seemingly minor passport fraud charge only to discover he was not actually a US citizen, has rejected a deal that would see the charges dropped. Now, Dawkins' case will go to trial, and he could see up to ten years in jail ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Elisha Dawkins, Iraq War Vet Discovered To Be An Illegal Immigrant, Gets A Deal

    ​Elisha Dawkins immigrated to Miami from the Bahamas as a young boy. It was only until after he served in both the Army and Navy and found himself in jail on a passport flap that he discovered that he was not a legal citizen. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami has offered a deal to Dawkins that w ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Decorated Iraq War Veteran Elisha Dawkins Sits in Miami Jail for Lying on Passport Application

    Dawkins was a photographer in the Army, shooting photos like this one.​Elisha L. Dawkins was born in the Bahamas but immigrated to Miami as an infant. He was brought up believing he was an American citizen and after high school enlisted in the Army, where he served what he thought was his country ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Nevin Shapiro's Sentencing Postponed Until Valentine's Day

    photo by Tim ElfrinkShapiro's autographed UM helmet inside his palatial Miami Beach mansion.​Nevin Shapiro, the South Beach architect of a $880 million Ponzi scheme, will have to endure another few weeks of Jersey lockup before learning his punishment. His sentencing, which was originally schedule ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Kathy Fernandez Rundle Slams Regalado's 'Corruption' Crackdown

    Speaking to a jam-packed room of reporters, cops, and politicians yesterday, Mayor Tomas Regalado trumpeted eight corruption arrests as proof of his commitment to cleaning up city government. ​"For the first time ever in the City of Miami, we have an anti corruption department," Regalado crow ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Lew Freeman, Miami's Celebrity Forensic Accountant, Charged With Mail Fraud, UPDATE

    For years, Lew Freeman was Miami's go-to "forensic accountant" -- the numbers guy who cleaned up the mess when a high-profile company imploded. ​As detailed in Jay Weaver's excellent profile back in October, Freeman gave to charities, boosted the University of Miami and palled around with poli ... More >>

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    December 6, 2009

    Rev. Gaston Smith Scores Victory Over Richard Scruggs

    Late Friday, at 9:05 p.m., Miami-Dade Judge Beatrice Butchko dealt a serious blow to stateC. StilesGaston Smith's public corruption trial begins this week, but prosecutors won't be allowed to use incriminating recordings​ prosecutors' case against a popular pastor in Miami's black community.B ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    What Do You Get For Trying To Steal $14 Trillion? Two Years, Apparently

    The sad saga of Marlon "X-Large" Moore has come to an end with a decidedly un-X-large prison sentence.​Moore, you may remember, was arrested this summer after one of the best diabolical schemes ever hatched somehow failed to net him a $14 trillion payday. Fresh out of the federal pen after 6-year ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Helio Castroneves Strikes Back

    After a year of dodging tax charges, Miami's fastest driver takes the Indy 500.

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    March 19, 2009

    Unequal Justice

    At federal prisons across the country, guards are preying on inmates. FDC Miami is no different.

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    September 6, 2007

    Crime and Misdemeanor

    Humberto Aguilar was a fugitive, then spent years in jail. But now he has a real story to tell.

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    June 29, 2006

    Lights! Camera! Terrorists!

    The federal indictment against the so-called Liberty City 7 was TV at its finest

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    June 30, 2005

    Breakin' the Law

    Miami resorts to threatening the feds in order to keep its secrets

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    June 23, 2005
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    May 12, 2005


    Richard Scruggs

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    April 24, 2003

    Timoney's Cleanup: Part One

    About $30,000 was missing from MPD's Property Unit, plus some guns and accessories

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    March 27, 2003

    The Unduly Long Arm of the Law

    When the feds indicted Izzy Gonzalez, they may have reached too far

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    January 30, 2003

    A Friend Indeed

    Meet Camilo Padreda, dynamic businessman, faithful Republican, patron of law enforcement, convicted felon

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    August 22, 2002

    Travail to the Chief

    Raul Martinez is a product of Miami's dysfunctional police department, so how can he be expected to transform it?

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    June 21, 2001

    Used, Abused, and Forgotten

    What happens when you muster the courage to complain that you've been sexually assaulted at an INS facility? Not much.

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    October 26, 2000

    Friendly Fire

    State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle should have coasted to election victory. Instead she's dodging bullets from the police unions in the political fight of her life.

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    July 6, 2000

    To Serve and Protect

    And in the case of the Miami Police Department: To Lose

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    June 8, 2000

    Free at Last

    Danny Felton admitted to betraying the public trust when he worked as a Miami cop. Now his apparent misdeeds are forgotten.

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    February 3, 2000

    Carnival? Try Criminal

    What happens when a female passenger is assaulted on a cruise ship? Not much.

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    April 8, 1999
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    February 4, 1999

    Caught Sure-Handed

    Under federal scrutiny for alleged money laundering, Falcons receiver Tony Martin lends new meaning to the term "dirty bird"

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    January 28, 1999

    A Pirate's Mutiny

    Miami's unlicensed radio stations are pumping up the jams despite the FCC's efforts to shut them up

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    October 29, 1998
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    October 1, 1998

    Making Airwaves

    This summer the FCC pulled the plug on the county's most innovative radio stations. Some are already back on the air.

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    July 30, 1998

    Baba's Big Bucks

    African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko opened his checkbook and stole Miami's heart. Not surprisingly, that wasn't the only thing he stole.

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    November 13, 1997

    A Merciful Court of Public Opinion

    If you think being under federal indictment might have hurt Humberto Hernandez, you don't know the fine folks of District 3

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    May 29, 1997
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    May 15, 1997

    When Vicki Met Syl, Part Two

    Accused of bribery and public corruption, this power pair finds that love and justice prevail

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    February 13, 1997

    Overthrow on the Radio

    With a vengeance born of extremists, the radical La Voz de la Resistencia show goes straight for Castro's jugular

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    October 10, 1996
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    September 26, 1996

    Black or Blue

    In choosing Rev. Richard Dunn to fill in for Miller Dawkins, commissioners saved Miami's citywide election soul -- for now

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    February 29, 1996

    The Impossible Victory

    The feds spent years building their case against drug kingpins Willy Falc centsn and Sal Maglutaa. Life in prison was assured. Too bad the jury didn't see it that way.

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    January 26, 1995

    The Million-Dollar Flush

    At last an agreement between the county and the feds over Dade's sewage mess. The price could make you gag.

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    December 22, 1994

    These Are the Times That Try Men's Soles

    Does the City of Miami Police Department have a foot fetish?

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    May 25, 1994

    The Great Bistro Brawl

    At first Cassis restaurant looked like a South Beach gold mine for its owners. Then the bottom fell out. Now come the investigators and allegations of corruption.

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    April 20, 1994

    Winning Wasn't Everything

    Jim Dougherty exposed insurance fraud for Lloyd's of London -- until they concluded the Miami Beach lawyer had overbilled them by millions. Now the U.S. attorney is involved and things have turned very ugly, indeed.

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    June 16, 1993

    Death and Profits

    When Hugh Westbrook pioneered hospice care, his organization saw to the needs of the dying. Fifteen years later nothing has changed -- except the politics and the profit margins.

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    December 9, 1992

    The Trickle Up Theory

    Local screenwriter Mark Witzen finds a hot plot in Florida waters

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    November 20, 1991
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