Former Broward Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin Insists She's Done Nothing Wrong

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Former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin is accused of felony public corruption. Investigators say her husband made $1.1 million off of taxpayers for writing grants that she helped approve, which we first wrote about back in 2005.

The affidavit that went along with Wasserman-Rubin's 2010 arrest claims that "between 2003 and 2008, the Rubins paid for artwork, vacations, trips to Europe, cruises, home renovations, and furniture with the money he received from the Town," and notes that "three days after Wasserman-Rubin's votes [to approve one of her husband's grant proposals] the Rubins embarked on a $150,000 home addition."

She could face up to 55 years in prison for the money-grab -- except the Broward State Attorney's Office has offered to let her plead out and get two years of house arrest, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The worst part? Her lawyer says she still might not do it.

Just like back in December (when prosecutors offered her eight years in prison), she shot down the offer.

"My client is of the opinion that she's done nothing wrong," her lawyer said earlier this week. "The issue is that even with a [no-contest plea] she might still lose her pension, which is of prime importance to her."

Ah, yes. There's nothing wrong at all with helping your husband make a million dollars off of Southwest Ranches by pushing through his projects. (For what it's worth, the Florida Commission on Ethics disagrees: They fined her $15,000 in 2007.) It's a scam that's lasted years -- as Buddy Nevins points out, Wasserman-Rubin was siphoning off contracts to her husband before they were even married, tossing him a $5,800 contract while they were dating and she was on the Broward County School Board. It's remarkable how his contracts follow her around.

It would be helpful to ask him about it, but Richard Rubin has been in jail since last year on a tax evasion conviction. He's scheduled to get out later this month.

And even after all this, Wasserman-Rubin would rather risk going to prison herself than give up her $4,895-a-month pension checks.

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ashades
ashades

Can anyone say "Presidential pardon"? IT will happen and she gets off free and easy.

glass slipper
glass slipper

I hope she gets double the penalties for wasting the courts time.

 That is what my lawyer recently told me when I wanted to go to trial, either plead guilty or go to trial but if you go to trial then you most probably will get double the penalty.

 But then again we are talking about the Statz and his incompetent handling of anything that concerns the Publics Trust.

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Take the Plea deal lady. Are you out of your mind. they are giving you 2yrs. of house arrest(its not like your going dadcing any time soon) followed by 8yrs of probation. I mean maim you do realize you do not have a chance in hell at beating these charges. Do you really want to go to prison. They do not care if you are sick. They have facitities to put you in. Take the plea deal...

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S

These are great reports.  After reading this and the ’05 “Cash Cow” article all I can say is wow.  Fisikelli and Nelson seem like 100% “straight shooters”, Maines also seems like he may be someone you’d want to have on your team as well.  I don’t have anything nice to say about the other members of the crew so I’ll keep my specific thoughts to myself regarding each of the other individuals.  Those others are the type of people that swear to your face that they’re working for the betterment of the community and all the while they’re directly, or indirectly, “robbing you blind” behind your back.  It’s “friends” and administrators like them that lead to $53M Rita Crundwellesque scandals.  The best way to bring these improper acts by emboldened abusers to a halt is to stop giving lawbreaking public servants preferential treatment—preferential treatment that includes things such as house arrest and the reduction of the term of confinement by more than 96%.  These are the types of people who steal millions, yet it’s not unimagineable to think that a first time offender—a non-juvenile offender—would suffer the same, or even stiffer, consequences than them for simply stealing a cheap $1000.00 used car during a nonviolent incident.  That’s crazy…and patently inequitable.

Well, the below message was previously posted elsewhere.  However, it also pertains to public corruption—public corruption that has infected North Central Florida (so much that the corruption has now spread to the 2012 election process)—so it is fitting that I share it here.  The public should be aware of this as well.  Keep on shining the light on public corruption!  Thanks

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Next stop Gainesville, Fla. (i.e. "Gator Country"). “Why specifically?”, you ask.

Because in Alachua County, within recent months, numerous and egregious violations of law have been committed that warrant multiple criminal prosecutions and other severe government sanctions. These crimes have had all types of deleterious effects including, but not limited to, once again placing the integrity of Florida’s election results (for 2012) in jeopardy. A few of the things that are central to this issue are:

1David P. Kreider [Mr. Kreider, a proven criminal, is a corrupt Alachua County Court judge. This criminally-corrupt judge also happens to be both (a) one of the circuit's former prosecutors and (b) a former Division Chief for the State Attorney's Office.]

2Robert Roundtree, Chief Judge for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (he recently replaced the embattled Martha Lott who resigned from her chief judge post subsequent to becoming embroiled in this scandal which has started to implode; her resignation was announced on 04/09/2012 and was reported to have gone into effect on 04/05/2012)

3Spencer Mann, Chief Investigator for the State Attorney’s Office of Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit

4William "Bill" Cervone, State Attorney for Florida's 8th Judicial Circuit

5The conspiracy / scandal related to the "Gibson Case"

6The two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the aforementioned Spencer Mann and Chief Judge’s office). The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators.

complaints   -dot-   com/2012/march/14/Corrupt_Judge_David_P._Kreider_now_taints_the_ele_264712   -dot-   htm

This is the gateway to some serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt.

*Be sure to replace both "-dot-" with "." and to remove the extra spaces in order to make the above url work

S
S

These are great reports.  After reading this and the ’05 “Cash Cow” article all I can say is wow.  Fisikelli and Nelson seem like 100% “straight shooters”, Maines also seems like he may be someone you’d want to have on your team as well.  I don’t have anything nice to say about the other members of the crew so I’ll keep my specific thoughts to myself regarding each of the other individuals.  Those others are the type of people that swear to your face that they’re working for the betterment of the community and all the while they’re directly, or indirectly, “robbing you blind” behind your back.  It’s “friends” and administrators like them that lead to $53M Rita Crundwellesque scandals.  The best way to bring these improper acts by emboldened abusers to a halt is to stop giving lawbreaking public servants preferential treatment—preferential treatment that includes things such as house arrest and the reduction of the term of confinement by more than 96%.  These are the types of people who steal millions, yet it’s not unimagineable to think that a first time offender—a non-juvenile offender—would suffer the same, or even stiffer, consequences than them for simply stealing a cheap $1000.00 used car during a nonviolent incident.  That’s crazy…and patently inequitable.

Well, the below message was previously posted elsewhere.  However, it also pertains to public corruption—public corruption that has infected North Central Florida (so much that the corruption has now spread to the 2012 election process)—so it is fitting that I share it here.  The public should be aware of this as well.  Keep on shining the light on public corruption!  Thanks

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Next stop Gainesville, Fla. (i.e. "Gator Country"). “Why specifically?”, you ask.

Because in Alachua County, within recent months, numerous and egregious violations of law have been committed that warrant multiple criminal prosecutions and other severe government sanctions. These crimes have had all types of deleterious effects including, but not limited to, once again placing the integrity of Florida’s election results (for 2012) in jeopardy. A few of the things that are central to this issue are:

1David P. Kreider [Mr. Kreider, a proven criminal, is a corrupt Alachua County Court judge. This criminally-corrupt judge also happens to be both (a) one of the circuit's former prosecutors and (b) a former Division Chief for the State Attorney's Office.]

2Robert Roundtree, Chief Judge for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (he recently replaced the embattled Martha Lott who resigned from her chief judge post subsequent to becoming embroiled in this scandal which has started to implode; her resignation was announced on 04/09/2012 and was reported to have gone into effect on 04/05/2012)

3Spencer Mann, Chief Investigator for the State Attorney’s Office of Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit

4William "Bill" Cervone, State Attorney for Florida's 8th Judicial Circuit

5The conspiracy / scandal related to the "Gibson Case"

6The two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the aforementioned Spencer Mann and Chief Judge’s office). The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators.

complaints   -dot-   com/2012/march/14/Corrupt_Judge_David_P._Kreider_now_taints_the_ele_264712   -dot-  htm

This is the gateway to serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt.

*Be sure to replace both "-dot-" with "." and to remove the extra spaces in order to make the above url work

Drew4U
Drew4U

 I'm just not sure. She had been advised by the county attorney that she could and should vote on the matters, and later on her husband received commissions on grant monies, and then she faced ethics violations for which she was fined. Then, some time later, perhaps years, Mike Satz decides to bring criminal charges on the same old ethics violations. Not so sure that a jury would convict.

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