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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 36 items )  

45th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Handlers Give Back to Community Through Cub Scout Outreach Program
VIERA, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing issued the following news: Kids begin thinking about 'what they want to be when they grow up' early in life. Some may say they want to become an astronaut, doctor, princess or firefighter -with so many options, it can be difficult to choose. But for a Cub Scout pack based in Viera, Fla., after a K-9 demonstration Oct. 7, 2019, from 45th Space Wing Defenders - their newest dream job may just be a military working dog handler for the  more

Agricultural Marketing Service: USDA Determines Individual Not Responsibly Connected to South Carolina Violator
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that Phillip L. Sandifer was not responsibly connected to Sandifer Farms LLC, Blackville, S.C. This is an update to Press Release No: 131-19 issued on Oct. 15, 2019. Sandifer Farms, LLC, violated the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) by failing to pay a reparation award totaling $172,156 in favor of a  more

Assistant Secretary of State Carl Risch Travels to Charleston, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Miami
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of State issued the following news release: Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel October 22-25 to Charleston, South Carolina, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Miami, Florida. In Charleston and Miami he will review U.S. passport facility operations. In Port-au-Prince, the Assistant Secretary will review consular operations at the U.S. Embassy and meet with local government officials to underscore our deep and sustained   more

Corps Issues Permit and Approves Deviation for Drawdown of East Lake Tohopekaliga
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has taken two actions to facilitate an effort to improve water quality and fishing in East Lake Tohopekaliga. The Corps issued a permit to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) for removal of material from the lake Toho and approved a request from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for a temporary planned deviati  more

Corps Makes No Changes to Lake Okeechobee Releases
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will continue this week with releases to the Caloosahatchee Estuary that began Oct. 5. There are no planned releases to the St. Lucie Estuary. The Corps will continue targeted pulse releases 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-79). No scheduled re  more

FDA, FTC Warn Company Marketing Unapproved Cannabidiol Products With Claims to Treat Teething Pain in Infants
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration issued the following news release: * * * - FDA is also working quickly to evaluate regulatory policies related to cannabis and cannabis-derived ingredients like CBD * * * Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission posted a joint warning letter to Rooted Apothecary LLC, of Naples, Florida, for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD  more

FEMA Awards Central Florida Communities More Than $5.9 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $5,943,502 for the State of Florida to help numerous central Florida communities defray the costs of responding to and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $1,187,585 to reimburse the City of Apopka for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout the city betw  more

FEMA Awards Jacksonville Electric Authority Nearly $3 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $2,933,281 for the State of Florida to help the Jacksonville Electric Authority defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse JEA for emergency measures enacted between Sept. 4 and Oct. 3, 2017. During that time period, JEA and contractors provided emergency pumping f  more

FEMA Awards Lee County School District More Than $3 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $3,012,908 for the State of Florida to help the Lee County School District defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the school district for emergency measures enacted between Sept. 4 and Oct. 3, 2017. During that time period, steps such as sandbagging were taken   more

FEMA Awards Manatee County Nearly $2.5 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $2,491,349 for the State of Florida to help Manatee County defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $1,187,872 to reimburse Manatee County for countywide emergency measures enacted between Sept. 4, and Oct. 3, 2017. During that time period, steps were taken to pr  more

FEMA Awards South Florida Communities Nearly $33.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $33,583,976 for the State of Florida to help numerous south Florida communities defray the costs of responding to, cleaning up from, and repairing damage from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $5,080,428 to reimburse the Broward County School District for the costs of emergency measures en  more

FEMA Awards South Florida Water Management District Nearly $13.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $13,581,542 for the State of Florida to help the South Florida Water Management District defray the costs of responding to and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. The grants consist of: * $4,196,768 for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris throughout its 16-county service area between Oc  more

FEMA: President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Florida
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9, 2019. Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for eme  more

FHLBank Topeka Approves 2019 Affordable Housing Grants
TOPEKA, Kansas, Oct. 22 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news: FHLBank Topeka approved $12.13 million in affordable housing grants nationwide. The grants will fund 15 projects through FHLBank Topeka's Affordable Housing Program (AHP). This year, FHLBank Topeka received 69 applications for AHP grants with requests for over $45.6 million to fund projects in the FHLBank four-state district (Colorado, Kansas, Nebrask  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: A.G. William Barr Recognizes Department Employees, Others for Their Service at 67th Annual Attorney General Awards
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: * * * - Four Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of Florida Among Honorees * * * Attorney General William P. Barr recognized 295 department employees for their distinguished public service today at the 67th Annual Attorney General's Awards Ceremony. Sixty-two other individuals outside of the department were also honored for their work. This a  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: DEA to Accept Electronic Vaping Devices, Cartridges as Part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida joins the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in announcing that this Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DEA will host events throughout the country, including in South Florida, in support of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The initiative is an effort to r  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Film Producer Pleads Guilty in Movie Financing Fraud Scheme
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: A South Florida movie financier pled guilty in connection with a scheme to steal over $60 million from investors and producers seeking financing for motion pictures and theater performances. U. S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI's Miami Field Office made the announc  more

GatorWings Wins Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Spectrum Collaboration Challenge
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency issued the following news: * * * - After three years of competition, GatorWings from University of Florida takes home $2 million grand prize in DARPA's grand challenge to solve spectrum scarcity * * * DARPA today announced that GatorWings, a team of undergraduate students, Ph.D. candidates, and professors from the University of Florida are the winners of the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2  more

HHS: OCR Imposes a $2.15 Million Civil Money Penalty Against Jackson Health System for HIPAA Violations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has imposed a civil money penalty of $2,154,000 against Jackson Health System (JHS) for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security and Breach Notification Rules between 2013 and 2016. JHS is a nonprofit academic medical system based in Miami, Florida, wh  more

MacDill Air Force Base: Be Safe and Seen This Halloween
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: Halloween trick-or-treating on MacDill AFB is scheduled for Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. in the Harbor Bay Housing areas. Airmen from the 6th Security Forces Squadron and volunteers from other base units will conduct a "Pumpkin Patrol" to provide a safe and secure environment for children trick-or-treating through expanded foot patrols. To ensure children are safe, make sure they can be  more

Miami Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, Brandon J. Fremin, issued the following news release: U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Keaton L. Copeland, age 34, of Miami, Florida, to 120 months in federal prison following his conviction for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The Court further sentenced Copeland to three years of supervised release following his term of im  more

Mobility, Air Force Leaders and Legends Help Airmen Kick Off Airlift/Tanker Association's 51st Convention
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command issued the following news: Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan, Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, and mobility leaders and past legends helped several thousand mobility Airmen kick off the Airlift/Tanker Association's 51st A/TA Convention, Technology Expo and Industry Interface Oct. 23 in Orlando, Florida. The conference, which runs through Oct. 26, is a professional development   more

Mobility, Air Force Leaders Kick Off Airlift/Tanker Association's 51st Convention
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Matthew Donovan, under secretary of the Air Force, Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, mobility leaders and past legends helped several thousand mobility Airmen kick off the Airlift/Tanker Association's 51st A/TA Convention, Technology Expo and Industry Interface Oct. 23 in Orlando, Florida. The conference, which runs through Oct. 26, is a professional development opportunity offering AMC  more

Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane New Hire Embraces Diversity Leadership Role
CRANE, Indiana, Oct. 21 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: NSWC Crane Mechanical Engineer Luis J. Bastidas may have onboarded six weeks ago, but his ambitious attitude has already landed him a leadership role at Crane. He also hopes to move into project engineering and management in the future. Bastidas, a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University, grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. His Colombian family instilled in him a pride for his Latin culture, leading   more

Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane New Hire Embraces Diversity Leadership Role
CRANE, Indiana, Oct. 21 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane issued the following news: NSWC Crane Mechanical Engineer Luis J. Bastidas may have onboarded six weeks ago, but his ambitious attitude has already landed him a leadership role at Crane. He also hopes to move into project engineering and management in the future. Bastidas, a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University, grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. His Colombian family instilled in him a pride for his Latin culture, le  more

NTSB: Load, Capacity Calculation Errors, Inadequate Peer Review Led to Pedestrian Bridge Collapse
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued the following news release: The National Transportation Safety Board determined, during a public board meeting held Tuesday, that load and capacity calculation errors made by FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc., are the probable cause of the fatal, March 15, 2018, Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami. Contributing to the collapse was Louis Berger's inadequate peer review, which failed to detect FIGG'  more

Principal Deputy Assistant A.G. Sullivan Issues Remarks at Hillsborough High School Press Event
TAMPA, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs issued the following remarks by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan at the Hillsborough High School press event: "It's wonderful to be here in Tampa. I want to thank Superintendent Eakins, Principal Brady and one of your amazing students, Anthony Allen, for allowing me to join them today at this beautiful school. I would also like to thank Chief Dugan for being with us this after  more

Principal Deputy Assistant A.G. Sullivan Issues Remarks at Tampa Police Department Press Event
TAMPA, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs issued the following remarks by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan at the Tampa Police Department press event to announce the Department of Justice Youth Violence Prevention grants to Florida: "It's wonderful to be here in Tampa. I want to thank Mayor Castor, Chief Dugan and Pam Iorio for allowing me to join them today in their beautiful city. I would also like to recognize Joel  more

Readiness Challenge Returns to Reinvigorate Mindsets
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center issued the following news: After almost two decades, the civil engineering-focused Readiness Challenge returned Oct. 14-17 in the form of a beta test. The test, held at Silver Flag Exercise Site, Tyndall AFB, Florida, was designed "to reinvigorate the Readiness Challenge piece, instill competition and that warrior ethos in our Air Force Civil Engineering units, and get back to the readiness m  more

Ready in a Flash: MacDill Air Force Base Exercises Operational Readiness
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 25 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: An alarm sounds. Aircrews rush to their aircraft, start the engines, taxi to the runway and take flight to carry out their mission. This is the reality for aerial refueling squadrons during operational readiness exercises, and maintaining the ability for MacDill's aircrews to operate at a moment's notice takes base-wide support. From medical, to maintenance, mission support, to op  more

Third Freight Transportation Executive Pleads Guilty to Antitrust Division Charge
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued the following news release: * * * - Conspiracy Targeted Shipments of Household Goods from the United States to Honduras * * * Francis Alvarez, owner of a large freight forwarding company, pleaded guilty to an antitrust charge for her role in a multi-year, nationwide conspiracy to fix prices for international freight forwarding services, the Department of Justice announced today. According to a one-count felony  more

Tyndall Air Force Base: The Race to Save Supplies, Equipment
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: The 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron recently vacated the unit's warehouse, which was permanently damaged by Hurricane Michael last year. The warehouse held 500,080 items that needed to be moved as quickly as possible to save from damage by the elements. "The LRS unit had a lot of damage after the hurricane," said Master Sgt. Hillary Kelly, the asset management section chief. "Ite  more

U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Florida Contractor for Cave-in and Engulfment Hazards After Fatality
PEMBROKE PINES, Florida, Oct. 21 -- 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 Westwind Contracting Inc. for exposing employees to excavation and confined spaces hazards after a fatality at a Pembroke Pines, Florida, work site. The contractor faces $185,239 in penalties. The employee drowned after water and mud filled a catch basin i  more

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Bay County, Florida, Convenience Stores Violated Federal Wage Laws After Charging Employees for Shortages
BAY COUNTY, Florida, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Kajkunj Inc and Ram Duhn LLC - two convenience stores and gas stations based in Bay County, Florida - will pay $28,724 in back wages and liquidated damages to employees for minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD determined Kajkunj In  more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Bayonet Point, Florida, Construction Contractor Paying $33,795 in Back Wages, Damages
BAYONET POINT, Florida, Oct. 22 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning LLC - based in Bayonet Point, Florida - has paid $33,795 in back wages and liquidated damages to 57 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A WHD investigation determined Bayonet P  more

Va. U.S. Attorney: Former Norfolk Sheriff Indicted on Public Corruption Charges
NORFOLK, Virginia, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger, issued the following news release: A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a former Sheriff of the City of Norfolk with defrauding the citizens of Norfolk through a bribery scheme. According to allegations in the indictment, Robert McCabe, 61, who currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Gerard Boyle, 64, of Franklin, Tennessee, engaged in an illicit quid p  more