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Jeff Atwater announces “Cash for Cards” food stamp fraud operation

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Two Orlando residents accused of siphoning thousands in food stamp benefits from the government were arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, Florida chief financial officer Jeff Atwater announced. “Today, two criminals found themselves exactly where they belong, and that’s behind bars,” Atwater said. “By stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in public assistance benefits, they’ve stolen from the state of Florida and from every Florida taxpayer whose tax dollars support critical safety net programs. With their arrests, I…

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Nine St. Pete businesses make prestigious Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies

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Nine companies based in St. Pete have made the 2015 Inc. 5000 list. The list is an annual ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Trident Technical Solutions, a veteran-owned small business that helps with staffing and recruitment services, is the top-ranked company, coming in at number 446 on the list. The company has grown more than 1,000 percent and has an annual revenue of $3.4 million. The next St. Pete company to make the list is Tower Cloud.…

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Dean Cannon charged $175,000 to RPOF AmEx card

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More tales of lavish spending by the so-called party of fiscal responsibility.  The Orlando Sentinel reports: As Winter Park Rep. Dean Cannon‘s power and prestige grew, so did his travel and spending on the state Republican Party dime. During a two-year period ending in late 2008, the lawyer slated to become House speaker charged $175,000 to his Republican Party of Florida-issued American Express card, according to credit-card statements obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. Expenses ranged from a $19,151 charter flight…

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