13 April 2012

Public Corruption: Miami Beach employees criminally charged

Miami Beach inspectors, county cop charged in nightclub shake-down
Palm Beach Post
After accepting a few thousand dollars in bribes to help a South Beach club gloss over code violations and tax debts, federal agents say Miami Beach's lead code inspector introduced club management to a firefighter with a unusual set of skills:...accusations documented by special agent Matthew Fowler in criminal complaints suggest the arrested employees have been taking bribes or transporting drugs for years and are strikingly similar to past cases: The FBI in 1997 charged three Beach police officers with running “protection” schemes for bars and acting as “security” for coke deals; in 2008, three building department inspectors were arrested for allegedly soliciting and accepting bribes from a developer. . . . Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said an investigation remains open.“When government officials misuse their offices and abuse their power to line their own pockets and satisfy their greed, they erode the public’s trust in good and efficient government,” he said. Dena Choucair, acting special agent in charge, urged any Miami Beach businessman who may have also been solicited for bribes to call the FBI at (305) 944-9101.

Palm Beach Post

Miami Beach Code Compliance Officers, Miami Beach Firefighters, and a Miami ...
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release)
... Orlando E. Gonzalez, Ramon D. Vasallo, Vicente L. Santiesteban), and two Miami Beachfirefighters (Henry L. Bryant and Chai D. Footman) for their participation in a scheme to extort cash payments from a South Beach nightclub.

Miami Beach: Where Vice and Virtue, the Tawdry and Tame, Co-Exist
Huffington Post
It's just all part of living in the dichotomy that is Miami Beach, a city always in flux. Those of us elected to manage that flux try to steer our city to the side of virtue and, I'm not ashamed to admit, to the tame. South Beach, for example, ...

8 arrested by feds in Miami Beach corruption case
MiamiHerald.com
AP MIAMI -- Federal prosecutors say eight public officials have been arrested in a corruption probe involving allegations of extortion targeting a Miami Beach nightclub. Authorities said Wednesday those charged were a Miami-Dade County police officer, ...

Miami Beach Inspectors, County Cop Charged In Nightclub Shake ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
After accepting a few thousand dollars in bribes to help a South Beach club gloss over code violations and tax debts, federal agents say Miami Beach's lead code inspector introduced club management to a firefighter with a unique set of skills: ...
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Multiple Arrests Made in Miami Beach Extortion and Drug Investigations
NBC 6 Miami
Prosecutors say Jose L. Alberto, the lead code compliance inspector for the city of Miami Beach, along with four Miami Beach code compliance officers and two Miami Beach firefighters, participated in a scheme to extort cash payments from a South Beach ...

Miami Beach Code Officers, Firefighters Nabbed In FBI Corruption Sting
CBS Local
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The top code compliance inspector for the city of Miami Beachhas been charged, along with 6 other people, in a scheme to allegedly extort money from a South beach club owner. An FBI sting snared 5 Miami Beach code compliance ...

CBS Local

8 Miami Beach employees arrested
Local 10
... to extort cash payments from a South Beach nightclub. Prosecutors said the suspects demanded thousands of dollars in bribes from an unidentified Miami Beach nightclub owner in return for looking the other way on safety and fire code violations.

Eight Miami Beach Code Inspectors, Cops and Firefighters Busted for Nightclub ...
Miami New Times (blog)
In the first, code compliance officers and firefighters allegedly accepted cash payoffs from South Beach nightclubs to ignore code issues that might have closed the establishments. In the second, a firefighter and a police officer allegedly agreed to ...

Miami New Times (blog)

Eight charged in Miami Beach public corruption, drug trafficking
South Florida Business Journal
... L. Santiesteban) and two Miami Beach firefighters (Henry L. Bryant and Chai D. Footman) for participation in a scheme to extort cash payments from a South Beach nightclub, according to the charges and a news release from the US Attorneys office.

8 city employees arrested in nightclub operation
7Online WSVN-TV
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities have arrested several high-profile officials from Miami Beach who allegedly took money during the inspection of nightclubs. After a major sting operation, eight individuals were placed under arrest, ...

Seven Best Club Parties on South Beach This Weekend
Miami New Times (blog)
... Louis Dee, and the rest of the EDM superstars who'll be spinning digital records 'round the barrier-island playground known as South Beach. Club Life Tour. With Tiësto and Mednas. Thursday, April 12, 11 pm, LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Miami New Times (blog)

Online hed
MiamiHerald.com
By Jose Lambiet Jim and Loren Ridinger, owners of the successful multi-level marketing scheme Market America, are go-to people for celebrities who want to spend a few quiet days in Miami Beach. This year alone, the likes of Desperate Housewives' Eva ...

MiamiHerald.com

Sources: FBI to announce arrest of Miami Beach fire officials
7Online WSVN-TV
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Sources say the FBI has arrested a number of fire officials from Miami Beach who allegedly took money during the inspection of nightclubs. After a major sting operation, Wednesday morning, according to sources, ...

Best Western Fetches $50M in Miami Beach Sale
CoStar Group
The 66528-square-foot building is at 9365 - 9381 Collins Ave. in the Miami Beach submarket of South Florida. It was built in 1948. It was reported that the property was purchased for the value of the land, for a future development that has yet to be ...

You Haven't Seen Nothing Yet - Miami Beach Pride to be biggest yet
SouthFloridaGayNews.com
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:28 Written by AP Last year, Miami Beach Gay Pride drew 35000 people, making it the city's largest single-day event. This year, organizers stretched the event out over a weekend, to accommodate the 60000 people they expect to ...

SouthFloridaGayNews.com

Axl Rose declines Hall of Fame honor
UPI.com
Axl Rose with Guns N' Roses performs in concert at the Flilmore Miami Beach inMiami Beach on March 5, 2012. UPI/Michael Bush CLEVELAND, April 12 (UPI) -- American singer-songwriter Axl Rose announced he has declined to be inducted into the Rock and ...

UPI.com

'City' evokes a magical Miami
Chicago Sun-Times
BY GARY LEVIN April 11, 2012 5:46PM Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as a hotel owner Ike Evans in the new series “Magic City,” set in 1959 Miami Beach. Miami Beach is “Magic City” in TV's latest period drama, set at a family-owned hotel in the town's 1959 ...

Rhea Durham can't keep her hands off Mark Wahlberg as they hit Miami Beach ...
Daily Mail
Despite having a day off from his latest movie – which he has had to bulk up for in order to play a body builder - Wahlberg was still keen to flaunt his muscular frame off set. The 40-year-old played around in the ocean with his children Ella, eight, ...

Daily Mail

Shirtless Mark Wahlberg Flexes Massive Muscles on Miami Beach (PHOTOS)
Celebuzz
When we say Mark Wahlberg is a huge star — we mean both figuratively and literally. The 40-year-old dad is seriously yoked! Along with wife Rhea Durham and their children, he enjoyed some fun in the sun while he had a day off. The Oscar-nominated ...

Carnival Corporation & plc Adds Kelly-Ennis to Board of Directors, Announces ...
MarketWatch (press release)
MIAMI, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- At the annual shareholders meeting of Carnival Corporation & plc (nyse/lse:CCL) (NYSE:CUK) held yesterday in Miami Beach, Fla., shareholders elected a new member to the company's board of directors ...

Delinquent mortgages fall in South Florida
Sun-Sentinel
Bank of America, which is hosting a free homeowner assistance event this weekend in Miami Beach, has seen the number of homeowners at least 60 days late drop by about a third in less than a year, said Jessica Garcia, vice president for the bank's ...

Off-field intrigue puts game of cricket in legal spotlight
MiamiHerald.com
A lawsuit filed in California says yes, claiming the leadership of the sport's Miami Beach-based governing body is trying to rig its presidential election. In this 2006 file photo, Akshay Mohan, of the United India cricket team, bats against the ...

MiamiHerald.com

Bank of America invites 19000 distressed homeowners to Miami Beach for help
South Florida Business Journal (blog)
Bank of American has invited more than 19000 homeowners in South Florida with late payments to the Miami Beach Convention Center to help them work out their mortgages. The bank (NYSE: BAC) reserved 140 rooms for the event, taking place Thursday through ...

Miami Beach inspectors, county cop charged in nightclub shake ...
By Patricia Mazzei
Local and federal authorities Wednesday arrested seven Miami Beach employees accused of shaking down a South Beach nightclub, and also arrested a Miami-Dade police officer accused of trafficking what he believed were kilograms of ...
Naked Politics

Mark Wahlberg Shows Off Muscles In Miami Beach (PHOTOS)
By The Huffington Post News Editors
When we say Mark Wahlberg is a huge star — we mean both figuratively and literally. The 40-year-old dad is seriously yoked!
The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

OHLALA Mag: MBVT South Beach - Model Beach Volley ...
By Alek & Steph - OhlalaMag
Bringing the concept of beach volley to another level MBVT aka the Model beach Volley Tournament that took place last week in South Beach Miami [source] MBVT is associated to Models 4 Water charity, get more infos here. And if you think it ...
OHLALA Mag
SCARPETTA AT FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH HOSTS ...
By grace
On Sunday, April 22, 2012 Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach – the iconic resort's four star Italian restaurant – will host a spectacular dinner. ... Affiliates · South Beach Walking Food Tour · Cuban-Inspired Food Tour · Register · Log in ...
Miami Culinary Tours

Bank of America | Miami Beach Convention Center
By AlexanderB
More than 19000 homeowners could get help with their mortgages this week at an expo in Miami Beach put on by Bank of America.
The Real Deal Miami

South Beach: A Tropical Location Close To Home | Senior.com
By senioraddy
Those with a taste for adventure can rent Jet-skis at the Miami Beach marina or visit the South Beach Dive and Surf Center, located across the street from the Clinton, to plan scuba, surf and snorkeling excursions. If even a beach this lovely can ...
Senior.com

Criminal Justice News: Eight Individuals Charged and Arrested in ...
By Sergeant Zachary J. Foster
... D. Vasallo, Vicente L. Santiesteban), and two Miami Beach firefighters (Henry L. Bryant and Chai D. Footman) for their participation in a scheme to extort cash payments from a South Beachnightclub. The second complaint, 12-2495-Garber, ...
Criminal Justice News

The Weekend Guide - Miami Events and Diversions | Miami ...
By DailyCandy
Where: 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (786-507-7902). Reservations encouraged. HEAR Heineken TransAtlantic Festival What: The modern world music fete hits the North Beach Bandshell with tunes from transatlantic capitals. Why: Jam to ...
DailyCandy All Cities

NICKI MINAJ ALBUM RELEASE PARTY A LIV | Derick G
By DerickG
Derick G delivers some footage of Nicki and the YMCMB fam at South Beach's LIV nightclub this past [...] Reply · Nicki Minaj's Album Release Party At Club Liv (HH$M Video)HIP HOP MULA says: April 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm. [...] Derick G was in ...
Derick G

South Beach Brunch Guide
The balmy breezes and majestic ocean vistas that make South Beach so special are especially appetizing at these ... South Beach / Miami Beach Events News ...
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