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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 30 items )  

$300,000 Funding Available for Environmental Education in EPA Region Four
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it expects to award up to four discretionary grants for environmental education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $300,000 with a ceiling of $100,000 for each award in the program. The agency said the grant was associated with environment. The agency description of the grant states: "The purpose of t  more

$70.5 Million Available in Cooperative Agreements for HIV Surveillance
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it expects to award up to 26 cooperative agreements for HIV surveillance. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $70.5 million. The agency said the grant was associated with health. The funding is open to California Department of Health Services; Chicago Department of Public Health; Delaware Department of Health and Social Services; Florida Depar  more

53rd F-35s Say Goodbye Edwards Air Force Base, Hello Nellis
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Edwards Air Force Base said farewell to six of its F-35 Lightning II's in October. The F-35s were transferred to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to continue initial operational testing. The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, a tenant unit at Edwards, recently completed their portion of the mission of conducting initial operational evaluation tests of the aircraft. The 31st TES, whose parent unit is the 5  more

53rd Weapons Evaluation Group Hosts Immersion Tour for Tyndall Airmen
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: First lieutenant Matthew Gill, 53rd Test Support Squadron special devices engineering section chief, facilitates an immersion tour at the special devices flight metal fabrication shop for members assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing on Nov. 8, 2019, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Airmen visited multiple units of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group during the tour. The group was also   more

Air Force Material Command Evaluation Exercise This Week
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The 96th Test Wing will conduct a home station exercise Nov. 4 - 8. The training exercise takes place at several facilities around the installation to assess the wing's ability to plan, design, conduct, evaluate and measure readiness posture. Impacts to the base population are expected to be minimal. Visitors may encounter participants wearing mission-oriented-protective-posture gear as part of the exercise's ev  more

Candice Stevenson Selected as New Communication, Education Specialist for National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service issued the following news release: Candice Stevenson, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) refuge manager in Florida has been named as the new fire communication and education specialist for the National Park Service (NPS) Division of Fire and Aviation. Tina Boehle, who formerly held the position, became the division's branch chief for communication and education in 2016. Candice has 15 years of experience wi  more

CFTC Charges Companies and Associates With Failing to Register With the CFTC
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued the following enforcement news release: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today issued an order filing and settling charges against Silver Star FX, LLC d/b/a Silver Star Live (SSL) of New Mexico and Silver Star Live Software LLC (SSLS) of Florida, and two officers of those firms, Candace Ross-Mahmoud and Hassan Mahmoud of California (collectively, respondents). In its order, the CFTC found that SSL and SSLS acted   more

Corps of Engineers Continues Releases From Lake Okeechobee at Current Rates
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Nov. 9 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Jacksonville District issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will maintain the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary at current rates. The Corps plans to release water from the lake to the Caloosahatchee in a pulsing pattern that averages 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) over a seven-day period measured at the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79). No relea  more

Eglin Air Force Base: Housing, Dorm Inspections Coming Next Week
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: At the request of Air Force Materiel Command, the 96th Test Wing Inspector General will conduct an inspection of Eglin housing and dorms beginning Nov. 13. This is part of a command-wide look at housing and not because of any negative indicators here, according to the IG team. This checkup gives leadership the chance to evaluate the areas discovered at other bases before they could become an issue here. The ins  more

FCC Media Bureau Issues Letter on Florida Community Radio
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau issued the following letter by Chief Albert Shuldiner: In Reply Refer to: 1800B3-VMR, Michael W. Richards, Esq., Law Office of Michael W. Richards LC, P.O. Box 5842, Takoma Park, MD 20913 In re: WRBD(FM), Horseshoe Beach, FL, Facility ID No. 185158 File No. BMPED-20180926ABN Florida Community Radio, Inc. Petition for Reconsideration Dear Counsel: We have before us the Petition for Reconsideration (Petition)/1 of   more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Former VA Employee, Two Family Members Indicted With Defrauding Veterans Healthcare in Villages
OCALA, Florida, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Maria Chapa Lopez, issued the following news release: United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Miller Wilson, Jr. (49, Sparr), his daughter Myoshi Wilson (25, Citra), and his ex-wife Erica Wilson (42, Ocala), with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud. Miller Wilson, Jr. is also charged with eight counts of solicitation and receipt of health care kickbac  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Law Enforcement Officers Join Students for Day of Learning
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: * * * - BLAST (Building Lasting Relationships Between Police and Community) Program Brings Law Enforcement and Communities Together * * * Four of the region's top law enforcement officials will speak with students at Rickards High School this Wednesday, November 6, as part of the police- community BLAST Program. United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe, Leon C  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Miami Super Bowl Host Committee and Partners Launch Outdoor Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: * * * - "Station Domination" takes place at Knight Center Metromover Station * * * The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, in conjunction with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, The Women's Fund Miami-Dade, and other partners has launched a comprehensive outdoor campaign to stop sex trafficking in Miami-Dade County leading up to and beyond the February  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Nevada Resident Pled Guilty and Was Sentenced in Miami for Trafficking an Endangered Galapagos Tortoise
MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 7 -- 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, Resident Agent in Charge David Pharo, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Major Alfredo Escanio, Southern Region B Commander, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, announced that defendant, Alan Francisco Wheelock, 33, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pled guilty today in Miami, Florid  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Nigerian National Extradited to United States to Face Federal Charges for Leading International Fraud Scheme
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Lawrence Keefe today announced the extradition of Adedeji Adeniran, a national of Nigeria, to the Northern District Florida. On Nov. 2, 2019, Nigeria extradited Adeniran, age 56, to the Northern District of Florida. He arrived in the United States on Nov. 3. Adeniran was the leader of a criminal group  more

Justice Department Welcomes Arkansas Joining T-Mobile/Sprint Settlement
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued the following news release: * * * - Arkansas Becomes Ninth State to Join the Justice Department's Remedy * * * The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed an amended complaint that adds Arkansas as a plaintiff in the suit and proposed settlement relating to the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Arkansas joins Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota in  more

Justice Department: Florida Businessman Charged With Tax Fraud
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: * * * - Allegedly Used Business Funds to Pay for Use of His Yacht and Other Personal Expenses, Also Failed to Pay Employment Taxes to the IRS * * * A federal grand jury indicted a Hillsboro Beach, Florida, businessman today for tax evasion, employment tax fraud, and other tax crimes, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department's Tax Division. According   more

Litigation: SEC Vs. KRM Services, Roberto J. Clark
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following litigation release - SEC vs. KRM Services, LLC and Roberto J. Clark, Jr., No. 1:19-cv-1424 (E.D. Va. filed Nov. 8, 2019): The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against a Florida man and his wholly-owned company for a multiyear scheme that defrauded multiple investors out of at least $350,000. According to the SEC's complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, Roberto J  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former Mortgage Broker Sentenced to Federal Prison for Fraudulent Auto Loan Scheme
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Defrauded More Than 20 Individuals and Five Financial Institutions During the Two-Year Scheme * * * U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander today sentenced John O'Day, age 48, of Chester and Stevensville, Maryland, and Sarasota, Florida, to 104 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for federal charges of bank fraud and aggra  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory to Showcase Innovative Research at Premier Chemical Engineering Forum
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL experts will share their innovative research and development (R&D) work with scientists from around the world next week at the nation's premier educational forum for chemical engineers. Dozens of NETL personnel will converge in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 10-15 for the American Institute for Chemical Engineers' (AIChE) 2019 Annual Meeting. Academic and industry e  more

New HH-60 Helicopter Arrives at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Nov. 9 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The Air Force's newest aircraft landed here Nov. 6 to begin developmental testing. The HH-60W Combat Rescue helicopter touched down at Duke Field, its new home with the 413th Flight Test Squadron. A second HH-60 delivery arrived the following day. The five-hour flight from the Sikorsky Developmental Flight Center went great, but was anything but typical, according to pilot, Maj. Evan McNeal, 88th Test and Evalua  more

Not Your Average Rocket Launch; 45th Space Wing Supports Pegasus ICON
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Florida, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force (45th Space Wing) issued the following news: The 45th Space Wing supported the Pegasus ICON rocket launch on Nov. 7, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Skid Strip. Skid Strip? That's quite different than a standard launch from the Cape - don't rockets launch from pads? The skid strip, a smaller flight line on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, served as the acting "launch pad" for an L-1011 aircraft as it took fligh  more

Ohio U.S. Attorney: Florida Man Convicted of Fraudulently Exploiting Programs Designed to Protect Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Justin Herdman, issued the following news release: A federal jury in Cleveland convicted a Florida man of Major Fraud, Wire Fraud and Submitting False and Fictitious Claims after he engaged in six-year long scheme to defraud the government. James Allen Clark, 62, is scheduled to be sentenced February 25, 2020. According to court documents and trial testimony: Federal departments and agencies, as directed by Cong  more

Reserve Activates Special Ops Intel Squadron
HURLBURT FIELD, Florida, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news: Red lights strewn across the tile ceiling of the office building flashed continuously to alert the intelligence analysts of a visitor in the facility as specialists paused to reflect on their unique mission amidst the glow of several illuminated computer screens. Confiscated phones sat in a secure room at the entrance so nothing with wireless capabilities could somehow compromise progress made in wo  more

Tyndall Air Force Base and Florida Department of Transportation Groundbreaking Ceremony
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: A groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. 98/Tyndall Air Force Base Flyover was held at Tyndall's Flag Park, Florida, Nov. 6, 2019. The flyover will improve mobility by separating through traffic on U.S. 98 from drivers entering and exiting Tyndall. "Having this overpass will reduce traffic congestion for the busy intersection, improve safety, and allow for additional access capacity to   more

U.S. Air Force: Connectedness Key to Defeating the Enemy
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Nov. 2 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The enemy gains its power in a silent world, and the recent results are becoming increasingly loud. The Air Force loses more Airmen to this enemy than combat. So far in 2019, nearly 80 people have made the choice to end their lives. At the current pace, the total could reach 150-160 by the close of the year. The enemy is hopelessness. For Tyndall Air Force Base, identifying the enemy has taken on a heigh  more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Painting Contractor Paying $107,890 in Wages for Overtime Violations
ORLANDO, Florida, Nov. 7 -- 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), Memos Painting & Drywall Inc. - based in Orlando, Florida - will pay $107,890 in back wages to 101 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators found the residential and commercial painting contractor violated the FLSA overtime req  more

USDA Announces Block Grants For Three States as Part of Broader Disaster Relief Package
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make available $800 million to agricultural producers in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia affected by hurricanes Michael and Florence. The state block grants are part of a broader $3 billion package to help producers recover from 2018 and 2019 natural disasters, which includes the Wildfire and Hurricane Indem  more

USDA Files Action Against Genaro Produce Incorporated in Florida for Alleged PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release: As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the PACA against Genaro Produce Incorporated. The company, operating from Florida, allegedly failed to make payment promptly to ten pro  more

VA IG Issues Oversight Report Summary on Ophthalmology Equipment, Related Concerns at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General issued the following oversight report (No. 19-07095-253) summary on "Ophthalmology Equipment and Related Concerns at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, Florida": Summary: The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a healthcare inspection to assess allegations involving ophthalmology equipment-related maintenance and repair issues and other concerns at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in  more