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Jimmy Patronis warns of post-hurricane fraud

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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is warning residents of potential fraudsters looking to make a buck off others’ misfortune.

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Fact check: Florida not recounting election votes

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A story claiming Florida is set to recount votes in the presidential election because of fraud is untrue. The story posted on bipartisanreport.com on Dec. 6 was headlined: “Florida Moves For FULL RECOUNT Of State Over Massive Voter Fraud.” It received more than 73,000 likes, comments or shares on Facebook before it was removed from the site. The story cited a report from the Tallahassee Democrat, which was republished by the Detroit Free Press, on a lawsuit filed on behalf…

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Real estate ‘mentor’ sued for fraud after house flip failure

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A lawsuit has been filed against a local real estate company for allegedly scamming two local Realtors out of $35,000. The suit, filed by two University of South Florida alumni, alleges Tampa business owner and real estate agent, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, misrepresented himself when agreeing to be their mentor. Gonzalez took a $30,000 investment from the plaintiffs and promised to split the profits evenly from the sale. Gonzalez has failed to uphold his end of the contract. The plaintiffs, Benjamin…

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Charity with ties to congresswoman target of fraud case

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The head of a purported charity with close ties to Florida U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown pleaded guilty Friday in a federal fraud investigation. One Door for Education Foundation Inc. President Carla Wiley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to testify in the larger ongoing case, according to a plea agreement filed Friday in federal court in Jacksonville. Court filings show Wiley opened a checking account for Leesburg, Virginia-based One Door in 2012 and…

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Donald Trump says Ted Cruz’s Iowa victory based on fraud

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking issue with the results of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, accusing contest winner Ted Cruz of fraud. In attacks posted on his official Twitter account Wednesday, Trump says “either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” A previous tweet posted by the billionaire businessman accused the Cruz campaign of telling Iowa voters that Ben Carson was quitting the race so he could steal Carson votes. Trump came in second behind Cruz in…

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Consumer advocates urge lawmakers to keep preinsurance inspection requirement

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Consumer advocates are calling on state lawmakers to tweak proposed legislation that removes the state’s preinsurance inspection requirement. The provision is in two bills (SB 1036/HB 659) relating to automobile insurance. Among other things, the measure allows an insurer to opt out of the preinsurance inspection program and create its own preinsurance program if it files a manual rule with the Office of Insurance Regulation. Jennifer West, executive director of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast, said removing the required…

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Today on Context Florida: A memorable year for black America, KISS and combating fraud

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Today on Context Florida: With the passage of 2015, Chris Timmons notes that it was a memorable year in black America. From Michael Brown to Eric Garner to Sandra Bland to Tamir Race, the story of police brutality remained a constant in the news, a story more complex than either Fox News or the Black Lives Matter movement would have us believe. There was also Bill Cosby’s fall from grace, the thwarted redemption of NFL player Ray Rice and the rise…

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