Why State Attorney Satz Should Stay Off Corruption Beat

You haven't heard the last from Joe Eggelletion.

The former Broward County County Commissioner has already been removed from office after he fell for an FBI sting and was hit with money-laundering charges. His federal case surprisingly has nothing to do with his elected office; the feds allege he tried to launder what he believed was dirty money through contacts in the Bahamas.

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Eggelletion at center of intrigue.
But there's more looming for Eggelletion. The investigation continues regarding his charity, G.O.L.F., which appears to have been little but a sludge fund for parties and other personal matters. But the more significant case concerns his membership at Parkland Golf & Country Club. Eggelletion's membership was allegedly paid in cash by Shawn Chait, son of the owner of Prestige Homes, Bruce Chait. Eggelletion had strongly backed Prestige Homes' controversial golf course developments in Tamarac, and it is suspected that support came in exchange for the $10,000-plus the then-commissioner received for the Parkland membership.

The golf case is tangled up right now in two separate investigations, one by the State Attorney's Office, the other by the FBI. 

People often ask, "So is Michael Satz going to finally start really investigating corruption in Broward County?"

My response: "Let him stay as far away from it as possible. All he could do now is screw it up."

Think about it. While Satz has allowed corruption to fester in Broward County for decades, the feds are investigating public officials the same way they investigate the Mafia. They get the goods, get leverage on corrupt politicians (usually with airtight cases), and break them down for

information on their corrupt friends. Sometimes, as was the case with former School Board Member Beverly Gallagher, they turn them out to record conversations to build other cases (though Gallagher was apparently inept at that little game).

The feds right now have a stranglehold on some key politicians that could lead to a chain reaction that could clean up this town in historic fashion. I repeat: This could wind up being one of the largest and greatest corruption probes ever completed in the United States of America. And the feds, if they get the glory, can thank 33 years of Michael Satz for the opportunity.

In the end, I predict every one of them will cooperate fully, including Eggelletion and the Chaits. If that happens it should all lead back to School Board member Stephanie Kraft, who helped Prestige Homes get a $500,000 fee reduction from the School Board while her husband, Mitch Kraft, was on the Prestige payroll.

It's a neat little circle there. One thing is clear: Stephanie Kraft picked a very bad time to become chronically corrupt. As far as I can see, she's walked right into a bear trap. Frankly, though, I believe she's dead to rights with or without the Chaits' cooperation. Woman went too far.

(Another thing I hear: "Why don't you get off the School Board and go after the big boys." The reason I've been focused on the School Board is the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks: Because that's where the money is. We're talking about billions in taxpayers' dollars.)

Now I hear from courthouse sources that Michael Satz wants his piece of this thing. Once again, the feds are getting all the glory while he looks like a schmuck sitting in the corner (remember the Ken Jenne case?). And Satz has got a foothold in the Eggelletion/Chait investigation dating back months.

But how does Satz investigate corruption? Well, historically speaking, barely at all. You see, he's been in that elected office since 1976. He's the longest-serving politician in Broward County and he has relied on the same political machine to keep him in office as some of those officials who are under the federal microscope.

And when he does investigate a case, it's done with kid gloves. His public corruption investigators treat politicians with deference and respect even if they are as dirty as an old penny. The last thing Satz ever wanted to do was to unlock the power of the atom in a corruption probe. These people are his old friends, after all. In fact, the State Attorney's Office often has seemed to act almost as a defense attorney for some of these folk, finding excuses for their corruption. 

So we've had a history of lame and negligent work by the SAO. Remember John "No Proof of Quid Pro Quo" Countryman? John "I Just Work Here" Hanlon? Now Tim Donnelly and David Schulson? These guys literally seem to have been paid in taxpayer dollars to, by and large, not do their job.

Now they are supposed to suddenly become real corruption fighters? Not gonna happen.

It's not so much that you fear they will continue to be ineffective but that Satz and his prosecutors will actually muck things up. A key to any investigation is control, and once you get too many cooks in this kitchen, things could go south quickly.

That's not to say that Satz can't play a role in the cleaning up of Broward County -- just a supporting one. He should be assisting in any way he can. He should play team ball and come off the bench only when called. Because this isn't his thing. Never has been. So let's all try not to pretend otherwise.

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Good ole' boy
Good ole' boy

Yeah, I heard that same rumor about Chip Lamarca but I'm not sure he worked for Duran either. It was somebody. Maybe Morgan Group? Anyway, it was whispered around that SAO had the complaint but swept it under the rug.

Fly on the Wall
Fly on the Wall

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with John Countryman during the Grand Jury investigation that began in the 90's. When he was given the documentation which substantiated the corruption claims I was making, he would tell me it just was too complicated for him to understand and he needed to hire an expert. Then he would ask if I knew of any. Even though I recommended individuals with expert witness qualifications, he never hired any expert witness consultant and just kept repeating the same statement on each of my visits. Eventually, I refused to come to his office to testify because it was a waste of time.

After Countryman was moved and Donnelly took his place, I met with Donnelly. I advised Donnelly of the same information given Countryman, with documentation, but Donnelly told me he was too busy going after Ken Jenne for $100,000 even though the School Board's mismanagement, malfeasance and corruption dealt with millions of dollars. He said he would get back to me when Jenne's investigation was over. Never heard from him.

As I have earlier stated, Dr. Frank Till said under oath in a trial and deposition that he met weekly with Countryman to discuss only "management" issues. Doesn't sound as if this was an impartial and secretative investigation to me? Many individuals were afraid to testify in fear of retaliation. Not hard to figure out why.

hey busted
hey busted

What is biggoted?? you like friends that lie, cheat, ruin lives?don't honor their oath????take your tax dollars away?? don't admit their wrongs.thump their girlie boy chests to advance their public lives, at all of our expense.you speak of vile??try the lies, animous of the 4 aforementioned.the total disrepect of a family unit, lives, health, wealth, hard earned honest wealth that creeps like the four horseman{horse's ass} of the SAO build their public pensions on.your my enemy?? for telling the truth??SHAME ON YOU, its all coming out.SATZ HAS GOT TO GO SKIING !!!!!you ought to see the lil boy cross his tips.and then not tip at dinner.he is a creep and has got to go!!!!!!

Mikey Shatz in Pantz
Mikey Shatz in Pantz

@ 7:37AM

Looks like a certain local "superhero" is trolling for some future employees.

Busted Image
Busted Image

Pulp,

If Satz, Morton, Marcus and Cohen are hated by bigots like "pour it on satz", who spewed his vile above, I would be proud to call all four of them my friends.

Enemies of my enemy are friends of mine.

pour it on satz
pour it on satz

come on broward, it is time.satz has got to go along w/ marcus, lee cohen, the water bucket carrying chuck morton, and so many other lying asa's.the asa's that will do anything, lie, cheat, completely go against their oath to get a notch on their belt to get a raise, forgetting the consequences of ruining other people's lives. destroying kids lives. wasting taxpayer monies.MIKE SATZ is a creep, jeff marcus as we saw first hand in his BRADY talk, is a lying creep, a thug w/ a sheepskin.his son is at Harvard law, i hope he is awake and clear headed at his ethics class, b/c lil jeffy marcus was not in his.MIKE SATZ HAS TO BE RETIRED TO THE SLOPES which willmake alot of waiters sad, his 10 % tips really don't work at the pancake house, let alone the eateries of snowmass.satzie, go away and take melon head w/you.

Busted Image
Busted Image

Pulp,

In an attempt to disparage prosecutor Countryman, you label him as John "No Proof of Quid Pro Quo" Countryman.

Lame.

If you were labeled Bob "No Print without Verification" Norman, I would consider that a commendation, albeit perhaps unearned.

If Mr. Countryman requires proof before criminally charging a citizen, I commend him.

I pray that the standard of proof needed to charge any citizen, even including office holders, is not lowered merely to appease those of your ilk.

Anonymous = Georgette Sosa Dou
Anonymous = Georgette Sosa Dou

Be careful there Georgette!

There are your DUIs and the theft of funds from the Hispanic Bar when you were Treasurer. Amazing how that check accidentally ended up in your personal account.

We know you have been after Chip since he wouldn't keep you on like our past Chairmen.

PS: I don't think Lamarca ever worked for Duran Brown. They are an insurance firm. Check your sources.

PPS: I have the check and was a member when you did it.

kevink
kevink

wow- best damn looking douche bag- thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. That is all you have- satz is lame ... it's time for an ethical lawyer to challenge Satz- thank you capt obvious. are you seriously wasting our time with such drivel?

you need to google up some new material.

as always- you are thinking of me. you loser.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dear Bob

Do a public records request to SAO about the grand theft investigation it did regarding BREC Chair Chip Lamraca which it declined to file. Rumor has it his former employer Doran Brown (Brother to Former LHP Commish Susie Gordon) accused Chip of stealing from the company by scamming money from his expense account. Apparently as usual Broward SAO declined to go after a politico.

Corrupt satz
Corrupt satz

Satz is as corrupt as the rest of them...

Best damned looking politico
Best damned looking politico

a serious effort, to recruit a competent, ethical lawyer up to the momentous challenge and beat-you-down for a countywide campaign to challenge Michael Satz, has to be undertaken.

someone with the integrity to prosecute to the utmost when there is undeniable evidence and investigate where there is fire or smoke.

someone with the balls to challenge the previously politically correct unchallengeable, now is the time and place, for that person to jump in and do it. broward depsarately needs a champ to step forward. when Howard F. came forward after Barry S., it was the best thing for the public defender's office; we need the same type of person to come forward and challenge satz.

p.s. this is about the time "kevink" would step in and make some dumbass pointless comment...there's your cue, "kevink" o/k/a the "Ugliest Looking NonPolitico",... go for it, oh yee of fall-on-your-face utterances

What's new
What's new

And I should add....if it hadn't been for Pulp, most of this corruption would be happening under the radar since none of the press outlets in Broward were willing to report on it. THANK YOU PULP.

What's new
What's new

You are so right, Pulp. Issues get referred to the SAO, and they just die. And it makes it frustrating for those who are trying to do the right thing. If you look at the North Broward Hospital District, they dropped a probe of former Chairman Sallarulo, who tried to push for the boondoggle new hospital with Nova, even as he served as Chair of the Hospital District AND on the Board of Nova. At least someone had the guts to kill the project, probably at their own peril. Or what's going on with the Cobo case? When did it become legal to pimp for your own clients and promote yourself and your business while you sit on the very board you are trusted to serve. And there was a law passed specifically to stop that sort of thing. SAO has not only been useless...they are enablers.

Pulp
Pulp

You have been given good advice, Chaz. In the case of Kraft, though, the evidence is so overwhelming and, frankly, disgusting, that I have no problem saying that I believe she has broken the law. It is, of course, my (very strong) opinion. She also happens to be a powerful public figure who oversees billions of our dollars, so when she so clearly violates the public trust (whether she is ultimately criminally prosecuted or not) it's paramount that voices rise against her loud and clear.

Not Kidding
Not Kidding

Satz really needs to stay as far away from this investigation as possible. Maybe he should be investigated. After all he never finds a conflict of interest or any corruption for any politician. Bob you have been writing about the corruption here for years and nothing was ever done about it. I agree with you to keep Satz out of it. He obviously wasn't doing his job EVER.

Chaz Stevens
Chaz Stevens

Hey Bob;

As someone who hangs over the edge of libelous writing, I had to wonder about your comments regarding Kraft.

Especially since she is a lawyer.

My lawyers have told me a good way to stay out of libel trouble is to avoid accusing someone of a crime and never out their sexuality.

Seems to me you have pretty much arrived at a criminal conclusion about Kraft (one that I tend to agree).

However, the troubling part for me (since I have a man crush on you), is that you don't say it like it's your opinion, but rather fact.

Aren't you worried about blowback from Kraft?

Best,C

PS My Seditions minions have risen to the challenge and fired in a couple more PRR to Cooper City in support of comrade Butler.

Mikey Shatz in Pantz
Mikey Shatz in Pantz

Shatz in Pantz cannot even manage to win a simple assualt case with his team of "CRACK" lawyers.

How can anybody expect this knob job to do anything "RIGHT"?

Why doesn't the FBI investigate this tool/ fool?

countryman is a idiot
countryman is a idiot

The biggest loser is John Countryman. He bad mouths everyone and can't make a case. Lives in that big ranch house and he's a big do-nothing. Makes up lies against two law enforcements officers who went to court as by-standers for a family members and made complaints and lied against them. John your a loser.

Wayoutwest
Wayoutwest

Pulp,Perhaps you should question Ritter and Dinnen on whether they have referred any corruption concerns on to Satz. The question would be good for Keechl to since the mayor is suspected too. And if not, why not based on the evidence you've uncovered.

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