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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday August 11, 2019 ( 41 items )  

$150,000 Available in Cooperative Agreement for Law Enforcement Technology Assistance in Five States
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced that it expects to award a cooperative agreement for law enforcement technology assistance in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $150,000. The agency said the grant was associated with a) education, b) employment, labor and training, c) law, justice and legal services and d) science and technology and other research and development. Th  more

Advanced Extremely High Frequency-5 Ready for Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news release: The Air Force's fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, the culmination of a prominent acquisition effort championed by the nation's launch and satellite procurer of choice, the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), completed it's roll out to Space Launch Complex-41 launch pad at 10:49 a.m. EDT today, here. Launch of the AEHF-5 satellite aboard a United Launch All  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Large Metro Area Employment Grew Fastest in Orlando, Phoenix, and Dallas-Fort Worth, June 2019
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics issued the following article from the Economics Daily: From June 2018 to June 2019, there were statistically significant increases in nonfarm employment in 31 of the 51 metropolitan areas with populations at least 1 million (in the 2010 Census), while employment was essentially unchanged in 20 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Orlando-Ki  more

Coast Guard Notified 3 Overdue Boaters Safely Arrived to Bahamas
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The Coast Guard ended its search for three overdue boaters aboard a 21-foot white cabin cruiser who were on their way from Sugarloaf Key, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas after they reported that they were safe and reached the Bahamas, Saturday. Operation Bahamas, Turks & Caicos officials confirmed, Saturday, that the three Bahamian boaters had safely arrived at the Bahamas. The b  more

Colo. U.S. Attorney: Man Pays Veterans Affairs Employee $1 Million in Illegal Gratuities
DENVER, Colorado, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, Jason R. Dunn, issued the following news release: Roland Vaughn, age 58, of Clearwater, Florida, pled guilty late last week to paying illegal gratuities of more than a million dollars to an employee with the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA"). In exchange, Vaughn received referrals for his company, Legacy Home Health, which in turned billed the VA more than $3 million for ineligible home health services. The announce  more

Corps of Engineers: Construction Starts Soon for Surfside Beach Renourishment
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: Summary: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announces that construction mobilization will begin tomorrow for the $17.9 million Surfside beach renourishment project, part of the Miami-Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project. The project will renourish critically eroded shoreline in Surfside, using trucks to haul beach-quality sand from the Vulcan Witherspoon Mine, an up  more

Corps of Engineers: Port Everglades Maintenance Dredging Assessment is Out for Review
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces a draft environmental assessment and proposed finding of no significant impact for the operation and maintenance dredging and dredged material placement for the Port Everglades Navigation Project, Broward County. The draft information is available for public, state and agency review and comment starting today, Aug. 9, and ending Sept. 9, 2019. The Corp  more

Corps Seeks Comments on Proposed Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule Deviation
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is seeking comments to a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) related to proposed changes to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) 2008 that will provide the agency additional water management flexibility at Lake Okeechobee to help address harmful algae blooms (HABs) to the best o  more

Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Restaurant Paying $28,998 in Back Wages, Damages, Penalties for Wage Violations
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release: Lallos441 LLC - the operator of Lallos Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - has paid $17,443 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $11,555 in civil money penalties for the   more

Department of Labor Recovers $17,266 in Back Wages and Damages After Investigation of Tampa-Area Restaurant
DUNEDIN, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release: Falzon Management Corp. - a restaurant operating as Kelly's Chic-a-Boom Room in Dunedin, Florida - has paid $17,266 in back wages and liquidated damages to 48 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators determined the employer failed to pa  more

Eglin Air Force Base; B-1B and B-52 Visit 53rd Wing
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By 1st Lt Savanah Bray Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Dyess AFB and the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Barksdale AFB brought a B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress, respectively, here July 30. Due to the 53rd Wing's diverse and dispersed mission, many Airmen across the wing work on software and systems related to the B-1 and B-52 but have never interacted with the aircraft or aircr  more

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: The Glenridge to Pay $70,000 to Settle Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Retirement Community Failed to Hire Woman It Suspected Would Become Pregnant, Federal Agency Charged * * * The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, an upscale retirement community in Sarasota, Florida, will pay $70,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. Accordi  more

FEMA Awards $2M in Public Assistance Grants
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $2,068,350 to the State of Florida to assist 19 eligible applicants with reimbursement for eligible costs of debris removal, emergency protective measures, management costs and permanent repairs for Hurricane Michael under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA's Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for   more

FEMA Awards Nearly $1.2M in Public Assistance Grants
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,167,393 to the State of Florida to assist 18 eligible applicants with reimbursement for eligible costs of debris removal, emergency protective measures, management costs and permanent repairs for Hurricane Michael under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA's Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for   more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Eight Federally Indicted For Embezzlement and Laundering of Funds From the Miccosukee Casino
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: On August 7, 2019, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Division, and Roland D. Pandolfi, Chief of Police, Miccosukee Police Department, announced the unsealing of a 63-count indictment, charging eight (8) Miami-Dade County resident  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Eight Federally Indicted For the Embezzlement and Laundering of Funds From Miccosukee Casino
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: On August 7, 2019, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Division, and Roland D. Pandolfi, Chief of Police, Miccosukee Police Department, announced the unsealing of a 63-count indictment, charging eight (8) Miami-Dade County resident  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Homeland Security Investigations Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to Investigators
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: On August 5, 2019, Ivette Dominguez, 33 years old, an Investigative Assistant with the United States Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), Homeland Security Investigations ("HSI"), pled guilty to an Information charging her with making material false statements to Special Agents from DHS, Office of Inspector General ("DHS-OIG"), and Immigration and Custo  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Husband and Wife Convenience Store Owners Plead Guilty to Fraud Involving Food Stamp Program
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: Russell Leroy Dotson, Jr. (62) and Maria Luisa Dotson (65), both of Jacksonville, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and payment of restitution to the United States. According to court documents, the Dotsons owned and operated Asmarina Food Mart, with two locations in Jacksonville.   more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Mastermind of $1.3 Billion Investment Fraud (Ponzi) Scheme Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Tax Evasion Charges
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: On August 7, 2019, Sherman Oaks, California native, Robert Shapiro, 61, pled guilty to orchestrating and leading a massive investment fraud scheme, in which more than 7,000 victims suffered financial losses, as well as tax evasion, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1349 and 26 U.S.C. Sec. 7201. Shapiro is the former owner, president, and CEO of Woodbridge Grou  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: North Miami Beach Resident Sentenced in Prison for $3.5M Fraud Scheme Targeting Orthodox Jewish Community
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Rick Swearingen, Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), announced that on August 6, 2019, Shayeh Dov, 49 years old, of North Miami Beach, Florida, was sentence  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Orlando Man Pleads Guilty to Orchestrating Multi-Million Dollar Investment Fraud Scheme
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: Andres Fernandez (37, Orlando) has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of wire fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 30, 2019. According to court documents, Fernandez orchestrated an investment scheme that defrauded at least 50 victims out of millions of dollars. Fernandez solicited ind  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: South Florida Resident Sentenced for Investment Fraud Scheme After Attempting to Flee the Country
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) announced that Jorge Garrido, 45, of Miami, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga on August 7, 2019, to 70  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Suspended City Commissioner Maddox & Associate Carter-Smith Plead Guilty to Corruption & Tax Charges
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: Suspended Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Charles Maddox and business associate Janice Paige Carter-Smith today each pleaded guilty to two honest services fraud counts and one tax fraud conspiracy count arising from a 47-count indictment. Maddox and Carter-Smith face up to 45 years in federal prison followed by supervised release, as well as $750,000 in fin  more

Former Naval Air Station Cecil Field Recognized for Redevelopment Impact on Local Economy in Jacksonville, Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 1 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker, along with state and local officials, recognized the Former Naval Air Station Cecil Field Superfund site as the recipient of the EPA Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI) award in celebration of the EPA 20-year SRI anniversary. The Former Naval Air Station Cecil Field was also presented the "2019 Nation  more

GOES-17 Mishap Investigation Board Study Completed
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- NASA issued the following news release: A Mishap Investigation Board appointed by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified the most likely cause for an instrument issue aboard NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-17 satellite that launched March 1, 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. During postlaunch testing of the satellite's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), teams discovered the instr  more

ICE: Master Maintenance Inc. Joins the IMAGE Program
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following news release: * * * - IMAGE program ensures legal, authorized workforce * * * Master Maintenance Inc. has been recognized by Homeland Security Investigation's (HSI) employment compliance program called IMAGE at a recent ceremony. IMAGE stands for ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers. As part of this agreement, Master Maintenance Inc., has pledged to   more

Ky. U.S. Attorney: Oak Ridge, Tennessee Doctor, Boca Raton, Florida Pain Clinic Owner Sentenced for Oxycodone Trafficking Conspiracy
LONDON, Kentucky, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Robert M. Duncan Jr., issued the following news release: Timothy Dennis Gowder, 72, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Anwar Mithavayani, 56, of Boca Raton, Florida, were sentenced to lengthy terms in federal prison by United States District Judge Robert E. Wier for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and other drugs, and for money laundering. Gowder received a sentence of 21 years of imprisonment. Mithavayani received  more

MacDill Air Force Base Back to School Info Fair: Accelerating Military Children Into School Year
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By Ryan C. Grossklag The Military Child Education Resource Fair jump-started military families into the school year by providing free school supplies and family support during the annual Back to School Info Fair at MacDill Air Force Base, Aug. 3, 2019. "Every year the fair connects families and resources through a day of fun and support for all who attend," said Nelly Richards, the  more

MacDill Air Force Base: Preparing for the Leap - Course Develops Future Senior Non-Commissioned Officers
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By Heather Fejerang The leap from NCO to SNCO is one of increased responsibility and servant leadership, rather than technical expertise. As Airmen progress through their careers, they are developed through milestone courses such as Airman Leadership School and NCO Academy. It could be years before they have the opportunity to take another course to refresh their perspective as a le  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Forestland Conservation Easement Signup Announced
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Florida office issued the following news release: Landowners with forested lands in Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake counties can apply for conservation easements with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by Oct. 15. Conservation easements in these counties are within the Ocala to Osceola Conservation Corridor (O2O) offsite link image , 1.6  more

Naval Sea Systems Command: Warship USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) Brought to Life
PORT EVERGLADES, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following news: By Alana Langdon The Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 27. The ship's namesake, Paul Ignatius, served honorably as Secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969 and as a commissioned lieutenant during World War II aboard the Casablanca-class escort carrier U  more

NOAA: Tracking the Manta Ray Named Leo
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Aug. 5 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Scientist use a satellite tag to track Leo's movement * * * This summer, NOAA Fisheries and the Marine Megafauna Foundation collaborated on manta ray satellite-tagging expeditions in Southeast Florida. These satellite tags will continuously record location, depth, and temperature. This information will help us understand their movements and habitat preferences so that we  more

South Florida Restaurant to Pay $88,074 in Wages to 8 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Violations
COOPER CITY, Florida, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), South China Restaurant - based in Cooper City, Florida - will pay $88,074 in wages to eight employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD found South China Restaurant paid employees - including servers, bussers, and cooks - weekly or mont  more

Speed Wins: MacDill Air Force Base Contracting Awards 100k in Swift Fashion
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By 1st Lt. Brandon Hanner In order to compete in the future, innovative ideas to improve fleet readiness must reach the warfighter quickly. In order to do just that, the 6th Contracting Squadron hosted its first ever Pitch Day Aug. 1, 2019, where local small businesses proposed innovative ideas to help increase overall base efficiency and mission effectiveness. "Small business tec  more

Speed Wins: MacDill Air Force Base Contracting Awards 100k in Swift Fashion
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Brandon Hanner In order to compete in the future, innovative ideas to improve fleet readiness must reach the warfighter quickly. In order to do just that, the 6th Contracting Squadron hosted its first-ever Pitch Day Aug. 1, at MacDill Air Force Base, where local small businesses proposed innovative ideas to help increase overall base efficiency and mission effectiveness. "Small business tech start-ups  more

Trustees Named for Newly Activated Civil Air Patrol Foundation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol issued the following news: Three trustees, including a new chair, have been selected for the Civil Air Patrol Foundation, intended to be a repository of gifts meant for investment in CAP's future. Paul Graziani, a former member of CAP's Board of Governors; Col. Raj Kothari, commander of the Michigan Wing; and Lt. Col. Richard Flowers of the Florida Wing were approved Wednesday at a foundation meeting at the site of CAP's natio  more

Tyndall Air Force Base Supports DOD Summer Reading Program
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: By Magen M. Reeves The Tyndall Air Force Base library participated in the Department of Defense's Summer Reading Program June 3 - July 21, 2019. "The program was open to people of all ages on Tyndall Air Force Base including active duty, reserves, families, civilian employees, and retirees," said Emily Copeland, 325th Fighter Wing library technician. "The summer reading program is sup  more

Tyndall Air Force Base: August is National Immunization Awareness Month
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 7 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: By Senior Airman Dylan Auger August marks National Immunization Awareness Month. The goal of NIAM is to raise awareness about immunizations throughout the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. Immunizations, or vaccines, can help protect Airmen and their families from preventable diseases and play a key role in maintaining mission readiness by helping to sustain good health. Accordi  more

U.S. Central Command Hosts Regional Cooperation 2019 Exercise
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Central Command issued the following news release: U.S. Central Command forces, and forces from Tajikistan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, and observers from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, will conduct the multinational annual Regional Cooperation 2019 (RC 19) command-post exercise in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 5-16 Aug. RC 19 focuses on counterterrorism, border security, and stability operations. The multinational team will develop a combined mi  more

University of South Florida to Receive $30,000 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $30,000 cooperative agreement to the University of South Florida for the documentation and assessment of the condition of historic structures associated with the Old Natchez Trace in Mississippi and Tennessee. The agency description of the grant states: "Information and 3-Dimensional models and animations produced from this project will be transferred to a wide range of audienc  more

VA Launches August Women's Health Mini Residency Program
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued the following news release: * * * - The initiative offers unique training experience to those caring for women Veterans. * * * The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partners with the University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Training to offer a Women's Health Mini Residency Program, Aug. 13-14 in Tampa, Florida. This program gives VA's women's health providers experience in conducting   more