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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
After a year of dodging tax charges, Miami's fastest driver takes the Indy 500.
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The federal indictment against the so-called Liberty City 7 was TV at its finest
Miami resorts to threatening the feds in order to keep its secrets
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Raul Martinez is a product of Miami's dysfunctional police department, so how can he be expected to transform it?
What happens when you muster the courage to complain that you've been sexually assaulted at an INS facility? Not much.
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.
And in the case of the Miami Police Department: To Lose
Danny Felton admitted to betraying the public trust when he worked as a Miami cop. Now his apparent misdeeds are forgotten.
What happens when a female passenger is assaulted on a cruise ship? Not much.
Under federal scrutiny for alleged money laundering, Falcons receiver Tony Martin lends new meaning to the term "dirty bird"
Miami's unlicensed radio stations are pumping up the jams despite the FCC's efforts to shut them up
This summer the FCC pulled the plug on the county's most innovative radio stations. Some are already back on the air.
African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko opened his checkbook and stole Miami's heart. Not surprisingly, that wasn't the only thing he stole.
If you think being under federal indictment might have hurt Humberto Hernandez, you don't know the fine folks of District 3
Accused of bribery and public corruption, this power pair finds that love and justice prevail
With a vengeance born of extremists, the radical La Voz de la Resistencia show goes straight for Castro's jugular
In choosing Rev. Richard Dunn to fill in for Miller Dawkins, commissioners saved Miami's citywide election soul -- for now
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.
At last an agreement between the county and the feds over Dade's sewage mess. The price could make you gag.
Does the City of Miami Police Department have a foot fetish?
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.
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.
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.
Local screenwriter Mark Witzen finds a hot plot in Florida waters