Cindi Hutchinson's Developer Friend Had Alleged Civil Fraud History With Toy Store

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WFOR-Channel 12
Former Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson leaving jail in a New York sweatshirt.

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Goldstrom
I want to thank Fort Lauderdale activist and graphics designer Cal Deal for supplying these images. Deal was on Hutchinson's case before it became a case.

And it was Deal who snapped several photos of Hutchinson sitting with former Toy Store manager and construction project manager Steven Goldstrom at a 2009 City Commission meeting. Goldstrom was working with developer Glenn Wright when he began ordering subcontractors to do work on Hutchinson's home, prosecutors allege.

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Hutchinson should have known what she was getting into with Goldstrom. I wrote about the antics at the Toy Store, which was then one of the leading luxury car dealerships in the country, back in 1999. Under Goldstrom's management, the car dealership on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale that counted Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger among its customers was hit with more than 40 lawsuits alleging everything from odometer fraud to racketeering. One suit over an allegedly defective Porsche led to an accusation of attempted murder. Goldstrom told me at the time that the allegations were false and that one in particular amounted to "legal extortion." One angry customer told me that Goldstrom and former Toy Store owner Peter Wolofsky were the "biggest liars in the world." Read all about that here.   

How she thought she could get away with telling a BSO detective that she didn't know anyone associated with Wright's company we'll probably never know. Here's a backview shot by Deal of Hutchinson and the bald Goldstrom, who himself was charged with perjury, at the meeting.

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Cal Deal
​More inside.

 

Hutchinson was a creation of the Steel Magnolias, which at its core was a trio of women. One of them was Ellyn Bogdanoff, currently a state senator. Hutchinson and Bogdanoff were close political allies to the end.

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Cal Deal
Hutchinson and Bogdanoff

​Here Hutchinson campaigns for Bogdanoff. 

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In part because of their triumphs with the likes of Hutchinson and also criminally charged Stephanie Kraft, the Magnolias were once touted by the media as a Broward political powerhouse. Below is a piece Deal dug up from Florida Trend.

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KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

It is all a game to these people. They give themselves nicknames ( i.e. The Steel Magnolias ) and search for every photo op schmoozfest self aggrandizing event they are able to concoct. There is no substance in South Florida politics and government. Just a big rip off game. The shakers and movers find the weaklings , prop them up, wind them up and the game starts playing. Just like J. Edgar did. Find the dirt, save the dirt, then use the dirt. Every politician has a built in self destruct element in their makeup. They take the fall and the power base moves on to the next puppet.

tester
tester

testing security

WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses
WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses

How long is going to take before local law enforcement decides to put this "chop shop" to an end? Whats its going to take?????

Amazing Karnack
Amazing Karnack

Karnack foretold it was deep and wide. Karnack foretold that the machine would be disassembled piece by piece. Karnack says don’t be fooled into thinking that this is small time just like the Beverly doggie bag, or the Kraft to Kraft 10k parley. Karnack says why do you think these puppets work so hard to keep from implementing integrity reforms that would criminalize these types of voting for self enrichment schemes. Karnack says absent real teeth in the laws the stethey investigators are using every technique at their disposal. Karnack says aided by a playbook supplied by others who shall remain unnamed at this time.

Karnack foretold that the puppets would turn on themselves as the conductor closes in on them. Karnack says behold as the perp parade continues as those already entrapped provide many more sordid details of the machinistas with the hope of reducing their own train ride. Karnack foretold he had become a patient man. Karnack said the train left the station 5 years ago. Karnack says look into other operations of the conductor. Karnack says they have held sealed indictments in other operations for as much as 8 years. Karnack says have you got the patience. Karnack says don’t be quick to ridicule the amount of the transgressions. Karnack says it only reflects on how little integrity and moral purpose we require from our electeds. Karnack foretold that our culture was at stake.

Karnack says don’t look at these cases as to how little the initials have on the electeds. Karnack says look at how little it takes to corrupt the electeds and why Karnack refers to them as puppets. Karnack says see how easy it is and how cheaply a puppet master aka lobbyist can buy votes to make them and their clients filthy rich. Karnack says you should be mad as hell and demanding reforms to ensure integrity and eliminating the access of special interests. Karnack reminds you that the train has left the station. Karnack says the train goes clickity clack, clickity clack, clickity clack.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey Ronnie and Alley are good peolpe there always taken care of people,i knoiw them both and think there great.

OMGClayAiken
OMGClayAiken

This does have a small Scott Rothstein connection--Scott bought one of his first "super cars" from the Toy Store--I think it was a Ferrari, and later found out the title wasn't clean and the VIN numbers didn't match--he eventually solved his problems using a very well-connected buddy and client of his who owns a soft drink concentrate company. Goldstrom, Wolosky, and Wolosky's son-in-law Michael Gordon are all awful. Goldstrom particularly notable for being loud, obnoxious, bombastic, and belligerent. They are part of a large, tangled web of classic South Florida shady commercial misdirection, starting with Morris Shirazi and sort of ending with Ray Anthony, the now bankrupt former crane magnate who "bought" the New Auto Toy Store but kept Goldstrom on as manager. Not surprising that a soulless slash and burn developer like Glenn Wright would end up dancing with these guys.

BrowardCleansweep
BrowardCleansweep

Board of Directors: Mark Budwig, Chair S.MARK Graphics; Courtney Crush, Vice Chair Crush Law Firm Chair, Master Plan & Projects Committee; Lynn Mandeville, Secretary Holy Cross Hospital Chair, Board Development; Patrice Demos, Treasurer Northern Trust Bank Chair, Finance & Risk Management Committee; Tom Vogel, Immediate Past Chair One River Plaza;Dave Dawson, At Large Executive Committee Nova Southeastern University Chair, Communications Committee; Gregory Oram, At Large Executive Committee Tower Club Chair, Membership Committee; Lee Sheffield, At Large Executive Committee Chair, Events & Marketing Committee;

RIVERWALK TRUST BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Alena Alberani, Sustainable Community Partners; Peter Anderson, Regions Private Bank; Serge Atherwood, IBI Group, Inc.; James DeChant, Right Management Consultants; Bob Dugan, E D S A; Stan Eichelbaum, Marketing Developments, Inc.; Jeff Falkanger, Falkanger, Snyder, Martineau & Yates; Abbey Fortney, Inspiri24 Design Studio; Kathleen Gunn, The City of Fort Lauderdale; Frank Herhold, Marine Industries; Fred Johnson; Ken Keechl; Andrew Lester, FirstService Financial, Inc.; Linda Lewis, Smith & Knibbs Public Relations; Connie Loewenthal, Clear Channel Miami; Alyssa Lovitt, e-brands - Timpano Italian Chophouse & Martini Bar; Mike McNerney, Michael J. McNerney, P.A.; Bradley Minto, Performance Home Theater Design; Susan Fyfe Molnar, The City of Fort Lauderdale; Dave Nicholas, Himmarshee Bar & Grille; Matthew R. Olsen, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Al Padrón, PL&P Advertising; Renée Quinn, QuinnProQuo; Gloria M. Reese, Tarpon River Civic Association;Kenneth Stiles, Stiles Corporation; Tom Tharrington, Broadsmart; Stephen K. Tilbrook, Shutts & Bowen; Doug Tober, Broward Center for the Performing Arts; Randall Vitale, SunTrust Bank; Tracy Weintraub, CPA – Berenfeld Spritzer, Shechter & Sheer

Just Askin
Just Askin

Questions remain:Has the Riverwalk Trust commented yet?Who's on that board and when will they see fit to dump Hutchinson as President and CEO of that organization?Who saw fit to hire her for that job in the first place? Developers?If she felt comfy feathering her nest while sitting as an elected official, imagine what she's raked in since she got that job. Who paid for her gastric bypass a few years ago.Does Friday photo leaving jail make it look like she's picking up a few pounds.If she gives the toilet back, will everything be OK? By the way, did that $125 for the toilet installation include the crapper, or was that another unlisted gift from Glenn Wright and associates.

unowho
unowho

Whats so unusual about this....When was the last time you heard of an HONEST car dealer?.....Come to think of it when was the last time you heard of an HONEST politician in Browardtown???

BrowardCleansweep
BrowardCleansweep

Sadly, most of Broward county has NO IDEA about any of this. Cindi's mugshot was below the fold in Saturday's paper. The weekend newscast spent time on The Heat win instead of this. Tell your friends

Christy
Christy

They should be called "Steal" Magnolias.

Cowboy Ronnie B
Cowboy Ronnie B

That here is a good picture of Miss Ali. I took her from that Waldman fellow. She is always complainen, and a fussin, and a whinnin. I give her all kinda money for this cause and that cause. but mostly just because I want to get a little honey from her honey pot. But even when I do I still can't get her to shut up. She says without her I would have no class. Especially, when I spit my chewin tobacco on the floor.

Can someone tell me where that Waldman fellow is? I wanna give him back Miss Ali the rusted steel magnolia.

Rubin Jeffrey
Rubin Jeffrey

I bet if you ask Bogdanoff about Hutchinson this morning she would say "Never heard of her."

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

With Hutchinson and Bogdonoff: attorney Carlos Reyes.

Linda
Linda

I still think you're an illiterate ignorant slug.

therealyaz
therealyaz

Lets hope this will be a domino effect. These are only appitizers. I want the real meat and potatos.

Intheknow
Intheknow

Guy is cutting deals and singing like the Chaits.

some trust
some trust

Is that the Mike McNerney of Joel Steinger? Isn't he currently awaiting trial for his antics in the Steinger scam? Some TRUST. and is that our former broward county mayor and counsel for steinger, free spending campaign contributors money Ken Keechl?Who would ever give another penny to this TRUST.

WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses
WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses

OMG LMAO!!!!! TOO FUNNY JUST ASKIN! I love your legit questions! Who paid for her gastric bypass a few years ago........LMAO If she gives the toilet back, will everything be OK? OMG TOO FUNNY!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

What is a story without a little RRA?

Six degrees of separation.

parkland man
parkland man

Hey linda are you an over weight and an unattractive lawyer,in other words a fat pig ulgy lawyer that never gets laid,go pay some brother 20 bucks he'll bang you out,they like ulgy fat chicks.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

In answer to your daily question: "yes".

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I was waiting for someone to point that out! Thanks, V.

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