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Department of Health official charged with taking bribe

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An alleged $500 bribe has exposed a Florida Department of Health official to up to 20 years in federal prison. Federal prosecutors in South Florida last week charged Anthony Johnson, an environmental supervisor based in Fort Lauderdale, in a corruption case involving sewer and water permits. Court records show two builders putting up a home in Southwest Ranches, a rural but affluent area of Broward County, had planned to install a septic system. They went to Johnson last June, who…

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Orange County Commissioner (and one-time Crist supporter) Mildred Fernandez arrested for accepting illegal campaign contributions, grand theft, and bribery

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Several Orlando news outlets are reporting that Orange County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez, who is running for Orange County mayor, was taken to the Orange County Jail Tuesday. Fernandez, 64, was arrested and charged with accepting illegal campaign contributions, grand theft, and bribery. She was released on $5,300 bond around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Gov. Charlie Crist has suspended Fernandezfrom her position on the Orange County Commission. He signed the executive order late Tuesday afternoon after Fernandez was arrested, and issued an…

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