Category: Criminal Defense Law

Florida Lawmakers Push FBI to Name Counties Hacked by Russia

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Members of Florida's congressional delegation said Thursday it was unacceptable that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will not publicly identify the two counties where Russian hackers gained access to voter databases before the 2016 election. A bipartisan group of lawmakers said after a classified FBI briefing that they were told the county names but were not allowed to share that information with the public. Florida Gov.... [...]

Bill Cosby fighting $6.7 million lawyer bill

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Bill Cosby is challenging an arbitration decision that mandated he pay nearly $7 million in fees to a law firm that represented him for nine months in 2015 and 2016, documents show. The final result of the arbitration was filed in January and upheld a $6.7 million bill Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan had charged Cosby -- $4.3 million of which had already been paid, $2 million by Cosby and $2.3 million by his insurer, AIG. $2.4... [...]

Sunrise firefighter accused of illegally recording conversation with fire chief, police officer

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SUNRISE, Fla. - A veteran Sunrise firefighter, who was also the union president, has been arrested, fired and banned from all city buildings, officials said. Frank Cagan, 51, had been on administrative leave. Eric Lachs, a spokesman for the city of Sunrise, confirmed Wednesday that Cagan was fired on Monday. He was arrested this week for allegedly illegally recording a conversation with the city's fire chief and a police officer... [...]

The head of purchasing for Miami-Dade’s animal shelter ran a cagey scam, police say

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The head of purchasing for Miami-Dade’s Animal Services department demanded kickbacks from a vendor and arranged for more than $100,000 of bogus purchase orders in order to siphon money away from the tax-funded agency, prosecutors said Monday. Michael Garateix, 38, is charged with four criminal counts, including theft over $100,000 and organized scheme to defraud. Investigators said he and a purchasing clerk conspired to process... [...]

Former executive director accused of stealing money from Overtown charity

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MIAMI - For nearly 50 years, the Overtown-based Transition Inc. charity has helped formerly incarcerated or homeless people get back on their feet. "They helped me find employment," Freddie D. Clarke said. "They work with you, with your resume." Transition estimates they helped place 1,000 people in jobs last year and thousands of others get help in other ways to get back on their feet. But now they need help as... [...]