Alleged scammers burn Miami-Dade fire department from within

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — South Florida is no stranger to insurance fraud.
But a recently exposed scam involving public workers is sure to leave taxpayers seething and give Miami-Dade’s bravest a black eye.
Anthony Dorta, a fire inspector with the county’s Fire Rescue Department was arrested last week, accused of submitting a bogus insurance [...]

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Politically connected Florida doctor rakes in $21M in Medicare payments

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A South Florida doctor with campaign finance ties to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., took in a whopping $20.8 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, according to an Associated Press analysis of physician data released by the Obama administration.
Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist, was tops among [...]

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State launches investigation into possible misuse of $800,000 in taxpayer funds

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is under investigation.
The Florida Department of Transportation launched a formal inquiry on Thursday into the Pinellas County-area transit authority’s use of $800,000 in operating funds — supplied through property taxes — to advertise a $1.7-billion light rail plan that hinges on area taxpayers voting themselves [...]

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The show must go on: Florida’s film subsidies lobby wants action

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

ACTION: A bill offering $300 million in tax perks to entertainment companies receives a lukewarm response.

Sen. Nancy Detert, chair of the Commerce and Tourism Committee, this week summarized a film subsidies bill slated to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer giveaways to film and television production companies.

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Audit: FL’s electronic motor vehicle system has security problems

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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William Patrick | Florida Watchdog.org

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A newly released audit of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ electronic processing system raises some serious red flags.

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