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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 37 items )  

Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center: CEMIRT Increases Productivity Despite Hurricane Direct Hit
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 14 -- The U.S. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center issued the following news: The damage unleashed when Hurricane Michael struck Tyndall AFB in October 2018 hasn't deterred the Civil Engineer Maintenance Inspection and Repair Team from delivering the installation support the Air Force expects. In fact, despite damaged homes, displaced families and disrupted lives, the CEMIRT team is exceeding expectations. "Despite our facility damage and red  more

Air Force Materiel Command Commander Returns to Familiar Ground
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: When Gen. Arnold Bunch exited the plane here Oct. 14, he stepped onto familiar ground. He was back where he spent most of his time as a colonel and became a general. This time, he was here as the Air Force Materiel Command's commander. Bunch's return was for a two-day site and immersion with some of his former units, now as their commander. "Team Eglin is critical to the AFMC We Need," Bunch said. "Whether its   more

Army Test & Evaluation Command: Dynamic New Free Fall Commander Hits Ground Running
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: Maj. Derick Taylor is just a few months short of 23 years in the military. His Army career has taken him many places and provided him with a wealth of experience, yet it started in the most unlikely places...in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after his enlistment in the Corps, he earned an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship to attend Georgia Military College, t  more

Corps Announces Contract Award and Public Meeting for Miami Beach Erosional Hotspots Beach Renourishment
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announces the award of a construction contract and a public information meeting on October 22 for the Miami Beach Hotspots beach renourishment project. The Jacksonville District awarded a contract on September 11 to Eastman Aggregate Enterprises, LLC, of Lake Worth, Florida, for $15,949,855, for the Miami Beach Hotspots beach renourishmen  more

Corps Continues Lake Okeechobee Releases to Caloosahatchee Estuary
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District continued to release water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary this week while releasing no water to the St. Lucie Estuary. The current releases began Saturday, Oct. 5 with a targeted pulse release to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-  more

Corps to Host Outreach Event at Satellite Beach for Former Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Jacksonville District will be available at the Pelican Beach Club House in Satellite Beach, Thursday, Oct. 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to seek information from the community and respond to questions about its Preliminary Assessment of the Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area Formerly Used Defense Site. The Preliminary Assessment is t  more

Disability Awareness Month - Allison Roberts
PANAMA CITY, Florida, Oct. 18 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: Allison Roberts, computer scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), is an above the knee amputee. "My leg had to be amputated in 2013 due to complications from the bone cancer I had 25 years prior," said Roberts. Roberts began at NSWC PCD in January 2000. She has a bachelor of science in Computer Science from the University of West Florida with a minor in Mathemati  more

DOD Improves Construction Standards After Natural Disasters
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: In October 2018, the Category 5 Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars in damage to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. This summer, earthquakes in California wrought extensive damage to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. But lessons learned from those incidents are being incorporated into the standards for future construction projects at military installations to increase resilience. Robert H. McMaho  more

Dredging of AIWW Begins in St. Johns and Flagler Counties
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 16 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District, in partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District, have begun dredging portions of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW). USACE awarded a $5.8 million contract in late July for maintenance dredging of the IWW in St. Johns and Flagler Counties. USACE expects to remove more than 400,000 cubic yards of material from the navigation  more

Eglin Air Force Base: Tropical Storm Warning for Oct 18
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: A tropical storm warning is in effect for coastal Alabama and Northwest Florida. Rain is expected to begin Oct. 18 in the afternoon and intensify through the evening. The heaviest rain and thunderstorms are expected between Friday evening and Saturday morning. Total rainfall anticipated is between one and three inches, with locally higher amounts possible of two to four inches. Also probable are winds of appr  more

F-22 Maintainers Resilient a Year After Hurricane Michael
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Oct. 14 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Houses torn to pieces, an entire base left in shambles and people left devastated by the destruction. One year ago, Hurricane Michael tore through northwest Florida directly impacting Tyndall Air Force Base. "Hurricane Michael was a defining moment for our unit," said Lt. Col. Adrienne Stahl, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. "We experienced professional hardship and personal tragedy, but it showed   more

Federal Court Orders Managed Fund and CEO to Pay More Than $17.2 Million in a Commodities Fraud Scheme
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued the following enforcement news release: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today announced a default judgment was entered on October 3rd against defendants Fabio Bretas de Freitas, of Miami, Florida, and Phy Capital Investments LLC, a registered commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor, for fraud and misappropriation of client funds. The judgment orders the defendants to pay a civil monetary penalty  more

FEMA Awards Broward County Communities Nearly $6.5 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $6,487,958 for the State of Florida to help Broward County communities defray the costs of responding to and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * Two projects totaling $3,128,021 to reimburse the City of Cooper City for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris through  more

FEMA Awards Broward County More Than $5 Million to Install Back-up Generators at Homeless Shelters and Strengthen Them Against Wind
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Broward County will receive a $5 million federal grant to strengthen two homeless shelters against wind damage and install back-up generators to help them better withstand storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has approved $5,117,322 to retrofit the North Homeless Assistance Center in Pompano Beach and   more

FEMA Awards Central Florida Communities Nearly $5 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $4,983,293 for the State of Florida to help central Florida communities defray the costs of cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $3,113,449 to reimburse the City of Orlando for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout the city between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17,   more

FEMA Awards Charlotte County Nearly $1.3 Million for Emergency Generators
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Charlotte County will receive nearly $1.3 million in federal grant money to purchase 14 stationary and 10 portable emergency generators to help keep the county sewage system operational during emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has approved $1,253,979 to help fund the installation of backup powe  more

FEMA Awards Naples Nearly $2.5 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $2,472,046 for the State of Florida to help the City of Naples defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the City of Naples for overtime for first responders and city employees and for emergency measures enacted between Sept. 4 and Oct. 3, 2017. During that time p  more

FEMA Awards Palm Beach Area Communities Nearly $4.3 Million For Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $4,276,104 for the State of Florida to help central Florida communities defray the costs of cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $1,205,686 to reimburse Indian River county for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout the county between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17  more

FEMA Awards Pinellas County More Than $3.9 Million for Upgraded Traffic Signals
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Pinellas County will receive more than $3.9 million in federal grant money to upgrade traffic lights at 16 locations from lights hanging on wires to more wind-resistant ones mounted on metal mast arms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has approved $3,906,317 to help fund the upgrades throughout the Pinell  more

FEMA Awards South Florida Communities Nearly $25.7 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $25,697,214 for the State of Florida to help numerous south Florida communities defray the costs of responding to and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $1,319,909 to reimburse the City of Deerfield Beach for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout the c  more

FEMA Awards South Florida Water Management District More Than $4.1 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $ 4,101,135 for the State of Florida to help the South Florida Water Management District defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the 16-county water district for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout its service area between Sept. 18 a  more

FEMA Awards Tampa/St. Petersburg Communities More Than $24 Million For Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $24,602,864 for the State of Florida to help Tampa/St. Petersburg-area communities defray the costs of responding to and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $1,041,082 to reimburse Hardee County for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris within Hardee County betwee  more

FEMA Awards the City of Tampa Nearly $5.6 Million For Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved two projects totaling $5,573,626 for the State of Florida to help the City of Tampa defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the collection, reduction, and disposal of debris throughout the City of Tampa between Sept. 18 and Dec. 2, 2017. During  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan, Nova Southeastern University's CREATE Program, Federal Task Force Host Human Trafficking Symposium
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 16 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Ariana Fajardo Orshan, Nova Southeastern University's Coalition for Research and Education Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CREATE) and the Federal South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force hosted a symposium yesterday to raise public awareness about human trafficking. The free program provided advan  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Broward County Business Owner Sentenced to Prison for Immigration Fraud Scheme
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: A Coral Springs business owner was sentenced to prison yesterday for a visa fraud immigration scheme. She attempted to obtain visas with false information for individuals from overseas. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Fi  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Illegal Charter Operator Sentenced to Federal Prison for Violating Coast Guard Order
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: An illegal charter operator was sentenced to federal prison on Oct. 11, 2019, for violating a U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Order. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Florida and Zinnia P. James, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), Southeast Region, made the announcement. Dallas Alla  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Jacksonville Man Sentenced for Disaster Assistance Fraud Involving Tropical Storm Debby, Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 16 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: Senior U.S. District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger has sentenced Lepoleon Spikes (47, Jacksonville) to 21 months in federal prison for wire fraud involving fraudulently obtained FEMA benefits. Spikes was immediately remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. The court also ordered Spikes to pay $57,689.19 in restitution to the United States. Accordi  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Two CEOs of Wholesale Pharmaceutical Companies, Two Owners of Bank Accounts Used for Money Laundering Indicted
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: Joshua Ryan Joles, the CEO of LLC Wholesale Supply, LLC, Mohammad Mehdi Salemi, the CEO of Wholesalers Group, Inc. and Wholesalers Group, LLC, and bank account holders Angel Caminero Alvarez and Leonides Herrera were indicted on charges of money laundering, committing violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and mail fraud, related to their   more

FTC: Aloe Vera Supplement Seller Barred From Making Misleading Health Claims
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The Federal Trade Commission issued the following news release: * * * - NatureCity promoted TrueAloe and AloeCran as treatments for conditions affecting seniors * * * The Boca Raton, Florida-based marketers and sellers of two Aloe vera-based supplements have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers with false and unsupported claims that two products, TrueAloe and AloeCran, were effective treatments for a range of conditions affecti  more

MacDill Air Force Base Hosts 4-H National Science Youth Day
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: Known in the past as a youth club for farming and agriculture, 4-H has evolved into one of the nation's largest child development organizations. Today 4-H clubs are present in communities and military installations worldwide, and specialize in engaging youth in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math programs. The MacDill Youth Center and 4-H team members with Hillsb  more

MacDill Air Force Base Logistics Officer Association Chapter Receives National Recognition
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: The Logistics Officer Association MacDill Lightning Chapter recently won the 2019 Col. Hass Small Chapter of the Year award during the 2019 National Logistics Officer Association Symposium Oct. 10 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Small Chapter of the Year award recognizes work the chapter has accomplished in areas such as leadership, mentorship, innovation and community service. The  more

MacDill Air Force Base: Fire Prevention Week - 'Not Every Hero Wears a Cape; Plan, Practice Your Escape'
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: The 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight from MacDill hosted Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-12, with this year's theme being, "Not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice your escape." According to the National Fire Protection Association, "in 2017, a U.S. Fire Department responded every 24 seconds to a fire for 1,319,500 total fires." Fire Prevention Week's  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Meeting Explains Farm Bill Programs, Seeks Recommendations
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Oct. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Florida office issued the following news release: USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will conduct a State Technical Committee meeting Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Florida Farm Bureau, 5700 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Fla. 32608. The meeting is open to the public and will give an overview of the 2018 Farm Bill programs and conservation easements. NRCS will solicit   more

Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Engineers Receive Awards From Great Minds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Oct. 16 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: Two employees from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the future of technology and the workforce by Great Minds in STEM (GMIS), an organization supporting careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Both received their awards at the 31st GMIS conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Sept. 26-29. Elvis Acosta,  more

SEC Investor Advocate Fleming Issues Remarks at International Corporate Governance Network Miami Conference
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 15 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following remarks by Investor Advocate Rick Fleming at the International Corporate Governance Network Miami Conference: "I appreciate the opportunity to speak at a conference where you will spend the next two days discussing the stewardship responsibilities of shareholders./1 I know you take those responsibilities seriously, and I do my best to encourage a regulatory environment that makes companies accountable to thei  more

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Florida Roofing Companies for Exposing Employees to Fall and Other Hazards
GREENACRES, Florida, Oct. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two Florida commercial and residential roofing companies for exposing employees to struck-by and fall hazards at a Greenacres, Florida, worksite. The companies face a combined $83,348 in penalties. OSHA cited Cruz Enterprises & Construction LLC - based in Dove  more

V.I. U.S. Attorney: Florida Contractor Pleads Guilty to Procurement Fraud Related to Federal Courthouse Construction on St. Thomas
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands, Oct. 15 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Virgin Islands, Gretchen C.F. Shappert, issued the following news release: United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today that David Wikel, president of Florida-based Therma-Seal Roof Systems, LLC, pleaded guilty to providing kickbacks in connection with the $1.7 million dollar federal government subcontract to retrofit the roof of the Ron de Lugo Federal Building i  more