Diana Wasserman-Rubin's Husband Hit With Federal Tax Charges

A lot of people didn't think it was fair that while his wife was hit with felony corruption charges for voting on a grant that benefited him, Richard Rubin seemingly got off scot-free after he and other officials gamed the Town of Southwest Ranches for millions of dollars. 

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The Rubins
​Well, now Rubin is joining his wife, former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, as a criminal defendant. 

Rubin was hit with federal tax evasion charges for allegedly failing to report $100,000 in fees he received from another municipality, the Town of Davie, for a land deal he brokered back in 2004, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Rubin also wrote a grant to provide funding for the purchase of the land, which was made up of a bird sanctuary known as Sunny Lakes. 

He is scheduled to make his first appearance in court at 2 p.m. -- and will have his attorney in tow. You get one guess who that attorney is (answer at the end of this post). 

He has had a habit of cashing in on his wife's political connections for some time. Remember that several years ago, he was hired by
lobbyist George Platt's firm, Shutts and Bowen, while the firm was lobbying his wife. He raked in some $1.1 million of cash from the tiny Southwest Ranches for writing grants while his wife was voting to approve them with county money from the parks bond. 

At the time that Rubin struck his deal with Davie, a seemingly benign article was published about it in the Sentinel. In it, Rubin is quoted as saying he will try to get some of the money for the land purchase from, you guessed, the Broward County parks bond. From the article published April 25, 2004: 

In a move to save 16.87 acres of wetlands threatened by development in eastern Davie, council members are seeking state and local grants in hopes of buying the property.

By a 4-1 vote on Wednesday, they approved a contract with consultant Richard Rubin of Richard Rubin Inc., authorizing him to prepare and submit a grant application to the Florida Community Trust Fund for more than $1 million.

Rubin, an architect and municipal grant writer, said the town could seek additional financing from Broward County's parks bond fund, which is earmarked for the acquisition of open space. He said the owner is asking for $3.4 million for the property.

Wasserman-Rubin was hit last year by the State Attorney's Office with seven counts of felony unlawful compensation in connection to her votes on her husband's grants. The investigations were sparked by this cover story published in New Times in 2005. 

Perhaps the same influence peddlers -- among them Platt and lobbyist W. George Allen -- who are funding a legal defense fund for his wife -- who has two attorneys, Bruce Udolf and Fred Haddad, working on her case -- will chip in for Richard Rubin's attorneys. as well. 

*Richard Rubin's attorney is David Bogenschutz, who also recently picked up Judge Steven Feren as a client. 

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EyemNotFree
EyemNotFree

Balls to the wall. I want the monitoring device out of my back Richard Nixon and the CIA stuck there when George H W Bush kidnapped and tortured me in 1982. The justice system is ruined and these guys frolic around to benefit Israel and the drug cartels.

Totally Blonde
Totally Blonde

Goldilocks, thanks for the information. Wetlands it is.

SuchCrap
SuchCrap

Is Bogenshitz hiring? Layoffs at Broward Schools need jobs. The Board doesn't give a shit about them.

Totally Blonde
Totally Blonde

Thanks Pulp for mentioning the ties between Rubin and Platt. I really hope the Feds start looking at that connection. Doesn't Platt own a nursery or some sort of company that does plantings for mitigation purposes? Has he ever lobbied to take land and then have his other company get paid for the trees or whatever in the mitigation process?

Seth Platt
Seth Platt

You have no idea what you are talking about. Total Blonde...

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Isn't/wasn't George Platt, Hamilton Forman's lackey/gopher? There is a connection forged in hell. If it touches the Forman's it is dirty.

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

So, our fine feathered friends have "come home to roost". This just keeps getting better.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Wetlands mitigation.

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

Oh my! And, now Central Broward Water Control District (Mike Crowley, John Rayson etal) are requiring digging Sunny Lake larger to add a "wetlands" because there is no rookery, and, a wetlands is "purported" to help establish a nesting area-rookery.So, is this something Mr. Platt will benefit from if this "Davie Folly" continues?Oh, my!While the resident who got $750,000. of Davie Open Space Funds for .7 acres to add to this boondoggle? And, who now is lobbying the mayor and council to try negate the State and County Grant Funds requirements of complete removal of the invasives.

This is really "for the birds"...Can't wait to see what flies in next!

Rick is a Dick
Rick is a Dick

I think it is so sweet that Rick Scott's daughter and her husband were able to take in the Lady Gaga show in Miami. I wonder how many bottles of pain pills they took home in their suitcases. For those that may be shocked Scott's lawyer lied to the Supreme Court, you aint seen nothing yet. Holy Smokes....the shit that will be going down soon. I gotta give that ugly, bald headed fuck credit, though. He is making government more efficient. Hell, for years we have been saying that what government is missing is the organization and efficiency of organized crime.

unowho
unowho

Ok Thats it.... my Dojo 8pm...and ill have a video crew of me kickin your ass on Youtube...LOL..Damn they warned me about reading his book....Hey whatever happened to Cetecean1?Have not heard from him in a long time....

Android Phones
Android Phones

The IRS is always closely looking into the activities of people who have a lot of money. So, if you get or win a lot of money, leave the country!

therealyaz
therealyaz

Any arrests today? Besides this one that will not stick! It amazes me that the only time someone has anything brought up , is when the feds are on the trail!!!!!! Lets start a recall on the entire STATES ATTOURNYS OFFICE. They can't or won't do anything on their own. Or we can hire the feds on our own? Between Bob and the rest of the pulpsters we have enough crap on all of them. Any one with me?

anonymous
anonymous

The state attorney office is like a play toy for the powerbrokers. Satz takes orders from pals. it should be dissembled, just like the school board. And the Florida Bar.

SuchCrap
SuchCrap

Satz Sucks and Needs To Retire. All of this happened under his watch.

Sadism
Sadism

Sadism is the derivation of pleasure as a result of inflicting pain or watching pain inflicted on others. That's what this blog is about.

Guest
Guest

You are so very wrong. It's about Justice and the guilty finally being made to face their crimes!

Sadism
Sadism

You talk about justice but you do not seem to grasp what that means. Being charged is very different than being found guilty. The fact that your mind is made up as to who is guilty, well before a defense is offered, well before a jury issues a verdict, proves that you have no clue what justice means. Wallowing in any form of delight, wishing for someone's guilt is not justice. That is called self-indulgence, lack of justice, and sadism. Their guilt must be proven and until then justice demands that we presume them innocent. Argue with that and you stray even further from justice.

Guest
Guest

All things considered How you just expressed that I would agree. it certainly is not sadism when one is satisfied that the presumed innocent is caught for their aledged crimes brought to trial found guilty and goes to prison.

Amazing_Karnack
Amazing_Karnack

Karnack says this blog is about inflicting justice on those who have inflicted pain and suffering on many others for far to long. Karnack says get a grip on reality.

Amazing_Karnack
Amazing_Karnack

Karnack foretold it was deep and wide. Karnack foretold that he had become a patient man. Karnack foretold that those whose who ruled with arrogance and intimidation would ultimately walk the same halls in fear. Karnack foretold that Don Jimmy would sit in the big chair during the worst times in Broward County history. Karnack foretold that all of the initials fuel the train. Karnack says behold the evidence.

Karnack says there is much more to come. Karnack says those who escape the train ride will still leave to take care of their sick mother in law or take their families on nice long cruises. Karnack says others will just leave in shame and disgrace. Karnack says if you are a public servant today be careful not to jaywalk. Karnack foretold that the machine has no secrets. Karnack says our eyes are multiplying exponentially. Karnack says the public criminal defense lawyers are the new ambulance chasers. Karnack says just follow the train that left the station six years ago. Karnack says it is easy if you follow the locomotive smoke. Karnack says the train goes clickity clack, clickity clack, clickity clack.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Nucky has been following Karnack for a long time and indeed hopes there is much more to come. So far just the greedy stupid minnows have been caught for just a few pieces of silver .. Gallagher, Eggelettion, Sultanof, Poitier and the Salesman..the machine is still running the show. Nucky is glad that the Domeinator has stopped the high speed train boondoggle . Nucky prefers clickity clack to zippity zip.

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

http://www.davie-fl.gov/Pages/...(Link to Town of Davie website 2012 Elections-Caletka

Now that the "Posse" has finally arrived in Davie, explain this one:

Caletka has Expenditures of 3 ATT bills listed for campaign finance period ending 3/31/11:Item #6 1/14/11....ATT Campaign Cellular bill....$193.80Item#10 3/2/11......ATT Campaign Cellular bill....$193.80Item #11 3/17/11...ATT Campaign Cellular bill....$193.80

Oh, and there is the Victory Fund Travel Expenses to San Diego and Washington, DC just like "Keechy" Keechl!

We need to "Keechl" him, like PULP "outed" Keechl on his campaign finance spending.

Oh, yes! The FEDS have finally started w/Sunny Lake! They can take up residence with me. I'll give them more than a quarter century's worth of reading!Start in the East(Forman and Seminole territory) and work your way West!

SR
SR

Bob;Is it true that Jim Notter got a three year severance package in his contract if he chose to resign. I have this on good source. If it is true that is the most outrageous BS I have ever heard of.

Daviecommando
Daviecommando

If the feds started digging around all these park and bond purchases the towns and county have done,our taxes would surely go up just to build the new prisons that would house all the politicos and there ever investing campaign contributers and buddies,Davie has a long history of overpaying for these kind of deals and the feds need to start doing a little digging,they will be very suprised by what they find,in fact Rubin was just foolish enough not to pay taxes! shame on him the IRS dont forgive stupidity,but I wonder how many of these politically connected millionaires have made their fortune on the sweat equity of the taxpayers!!

Christy
Christy

Boge must have a wait list.

Hammerhead
Hammerhead

Marty Dooshenstein has been out there on his pathetic blog calling myself and Score Keeper unglued idiots. On behalf of all idiots, I take exception to the unglued part. But with that out of the way, I'd like to ask was there or was there not two school board members, from the same board that Dooshenstein sat on, that are either in federal prison or facing state charges for official misconduct? Survey says - yes there are.

Dooshenstein wants to blame it all on corrupt staff. It makes me think of an old song about the human anatomy...the lobbyist is connected to the board member; the board member is connected to the superintendent; the superintendent is connected to the school board agenda and the school boards' votes are connected to the lobbyists. Now everybody sing along...

Dooshenstein, staff had the ability to make this happen on their own as much as you personally have control of the Armageddon button. The closest you'll ever get to such an important button is when you continue to hit the "send" button on your blog and incriminate yourself more and more every day.

Marty I like that you are active but you are in another world. Say that reminds me...do you know the ex-Mayor of Sunrise? Are these charges just trumped up? Are they the result of some rogue bloggers or school construction staffers?

I hate to say it Marty, but your defensive behavior, which is also erratic at best, puts you in a catagory with none other than Ms. Dinnen. You are now free to move about la la land.

Remember Dooshenstein, we've been documenting this stuff since way before you got hired by the machine to make as much white noise as possible. Let's see, Gallagher, Kraft, Wasserman-Rubin, Rubin, Eggellation, Feren, Poitier, Salesman? How many of those are "staff" again?

I didn't mean to call you names, it is just that I use little cognitive memory methods to remember peoples' names and for some reason you come up as a douchebag in my memory bank. Please forgive me, I am just being honest with you. Now go eat something high in Omega 3 oils and take a narcoleptic nap. Oh and "Just For Men" so you don't lose your edge.

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Just keeps getting better and better. I blame him for all her trouble. What was she thinking?

Guest
Guest

There's no doubt in my mind that you are 100% correct!

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Bogenschutz, Dutko and Kroll have the who's who of clients.

Besides the two you mentioned there are the Chaits, Leyritz, The Gus Boulis Murder, Capt Schnak fro BSO, The school principal.... Needless to say that bank account is fat.

anonymous
anonymous

Jeremy Kroll is a smart and decent man. If needed, I would want him by my side.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Rubin did similar grant work for many cities in Broward. How did he land those lucrative gigs? Maybe check and see how many cities put out RFP's or other solicitations for grant writing services (answer: none) or why their own staffs didn't just apply. These same lobbyists who are now defending Rubin shopped his services around to the electeds in these cities, presumably to keep the machine well-lubed.

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

No RFP was put out for Sunny Lake in Davie. He got a phone call form susan Starkey, Council member. How's that for an RFP? .."R"ight "F"in "P"lace @ the Right Time.

SR
SR

This is how is works. The Politicians knew who Rubin was related to. Nothing ever needs to be said. He gets the nod and wink and then the money. These local politicians know that its a small circle that gets them elected. It's amazing how far a 500 dollar donation from Platt, Sterling, Forman, Bergeron will get you. After all its not there own money that the politician is squandering when they hire Rubin or the other blood suckers. This is the level of scumbags you get in Broward politics.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Hey Pulp what about the scoop on the head of the South Florida Water board retiring suddenly. I'm sure there must be a few leaks out there that you can share with us . Did she quit because the Domeinator knew she was spending money like water or was she just tapped out. I'm sure if Sink had been governor she would not have pulled the plug on her.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ne...

unowho
unowho

The Domeinator is for real and his mission is just beginning .....Unowho foretold that the Governor would make unpopular but essential decisions....Unowho foretold that the Governor is not and will not be anyones puppet...Unowho foretold that Rick Scott will become the greatest and most successfull Governor the State of Florida has ever seen..No the Domeinator is not faster than a Bullet Train .....but he is more Powerfull and Determined than any Locomotive on earth..........All Aboard.?.....Last call disbelievers!!!.......

Tony
Tony

I don't think much will change. The culture of corruption in the county is so ingrained in both politicians and the publics mind that it is just shrugged off. I hope I am wrong.

Guest
Guest

David Bogenschutz has a well deserved reputation as an excellent lawyer, but he must be the busiest lawyer in Florida. His client list matches up closely with the index of Pulp articles. I wonder if he reads the Pulp in the morning to see who will be retaining him that day.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Actually, I think that anytime it is reported in the papers, blogs, or wherever, that Mr. Bogenschutz has been retained, that the general public believes that the person hiring David is guilty. Then, everyone waits to see what brilliant legal maneuver Bogenschutz will use to win the case. It works. He's obviously a brilliant attorney. God forbid I needed an attorney of his caliber, I know that I could not afford him.

Guest
Guest

Bogenschultz comes off with class and intelligence. It's hard not to like him. There is no wonder why he's the go to guy for the corrupt politicians and the wealthy. Not everyone he represents gets off though...There is atleast some hope the guilty will be punished.

anonymous
anonymous

How do you do it, though? How do you trade in filth, and celebrate winning freedom or rights for the cockroaches of society. You hope, somewhere behind the scenes, Bogenshutz is giving back.

Guest
Guest

That's there job to defend. Many Attorneys don't even ask if their clients are guilty or not(they don't care) THEIR JOB IS TO DEFEND PERIOD

Gatorfl
Gatorfl

At least his direct mail campaign is directed at all of Bob's topics.

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

Well, well, well. Saw this on Sun-Sentinel website.

I was intimately involved w/the Sunny Lake acquisition, have an extensive file on it. Town already began applying for the state and county grants. Bill Laystrom was the attorney for the seller (property owner). I didn't approve of Rubin getting involved. Council member Susan Starkey all of a sudden brought Rubin into it.

More ironic is the Sunny Lakes residents are now complaining about the grant requirements of removing the invasives. Tried to tell them to be careful of the grant requirements.

A Davie resident, Pam Pelkey Rose, made money off the Davie Open Space bond money(District's 1-Bryan Caletka was more than happy to oblige to get their votes since they couldn't stand him) by selling .7 acre to the town for $750,000. to add to this place. All the weeling & dealing that went on during the Open Space Committee meeting metings & Parks & Rec Meetings Pam atended. Hope you're enjoying your Corvette, Pam, on the taxpayer's hard earned dollars. Remember IDI, Pam? You said you'd sell out to an Industrial Developer if the price was right.

Even better, what they don't know yet, is Central Broward Water Control District is now requiring the lake to be dredged bigger because the biologist contracted has done 2 site evaluations and there IS NO ROOKERY nor evidence of any rookery on the site as claimed by the residents. And, there are no wetlands or conditions for a rookery.

The site is just a place where they sleep over night, never has had the environemental wildlife properties to be a rookery. (Former borrow pit right up against the FL Turnpike).It has no real accress to it, and, only serves those few residents there, about 7 homes.

As I told the residents, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR...

Sunny Lake is one of Davie's follies! One of the others is Van Kirk parcel.

Looks like the cards are starting to fall in Davie! It's about time FEDS, FL State Attorney!Have at it! Need some information and testimony? "Happy to oblige".

StonedCEO
StonedCEO

Hey Diana - what's shaking.

Is it in poor taste to buy someone with Parkinsons an etch-a-sketch?

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Dude, like what's an etch-a-sketch, man?

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