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Broward Elections Lawyer Hosted Dale Holness Fundraisers At Offices Tied To Convicted Attorney

Burnadette Norris Weeks, left, and her partner Kathy Eggleston

The attorney for the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office hosted numerous fundraisers for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness at offices tied to a convicted attorney. Burnadette Norris Weeks, attorney for Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, hosted fundraisers for Holness in 2010 and 2012. These events were held at the Avenue Executive facilty in Fort Lauderdale. Property records show the building at 405 NW 7th Avenue is owned by Lin LLC. The group was founded by Gerald Lindor in 2005.

In February 2012, disbarred attorney Gerald Lindor was convicted of misappropriating $3 million dollars belonging to his clients. Instead of paying his client’s mortgages, Lindor used the money to fund a lavish lifetsyle. Judge Cynthia Imperato gave Lindor twenty years probation so he could repay his clients.

Lindor’s duplex-type property is connected to office space owned by Right Perspective Development Group. As REDBROWARD reported, Right Perspective Development Group is owned by Burnadette Norris Weeks, the attorney for the Broward Supervisor of Elections office.

PUBLIC DOLLARS USED TO RENOVATE FORT LAUDERDALE OFFICES

In February 2004, Burnadette Norris-Weeks and Valerie Kiffin-Lewis, managers of the Right Perspective Development Group, LLC, sought a $220,000 loan from the South Florida Regional Planning Council. Norris-Weeks needed $170,000 for “land improvement” and $50,000 for “construction.” The application states Norris-Weeks and Kiffin-Lewis contributed $100,000 to the business.

Norris-Weeks was opening a new office for her legal practice at 401 N.W. 7th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Under the “Community Benefit” section, Right Perspective Development Group LLC stated the new legal services business would create two jobs. It appears those two jobs were given to Norris-Weeks and Kiffin-Lewis.

Norris-Weeks continued to seek public funds to help build her new office. In September 2004, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Norris-Weeks received money from the City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Reporter Brittany Wallman wrote, “[The Fort Lauderdale CRA] Gave Burnadette Norris-Weeks and Valerie Kiffin Lewis, as Right Perspective Development Group, $78,980 to renovate a building they bought at 401 NW Seventh Ave.”

Norris-Weeks received nearly $300,000 in public funds to open a two-person law firm.

A review of Fort Lauderdale CRA records show Lin LLC received public dollars to repair the building at 405 NW 7th Avenue. In the March 2010 Fort Lauderdale CRA minutes, an agreement with Lin LLC would “provide $70,000 and transfer the appropriate funds for the renovation of an exisiting building at 405 NW 7th Avenue.”

Norris Weeks & Lindor: Business Partners?

Records show Lindor and Norris Weeks were more than just neighbors. According to Florida corporation records, Burnadette Norris Weeks became a managing member of Lin LLC in 2007. By  May 1, 2008, Lindor vanished from official records filed with the State of Florida. Less than a month later, Lindor reported his crimes to the Florida Bar. No record of Lindor’s removal from the company is listed.

However, in July 2008, a notice of commencement of roof repairs at 405 NW 7th Avenue shows Lindor’s continuing to the property.  “Lin LLC Gerald Lindor” is listed as the owner on the notice. The notarized document is signed  by Lin LLC manager, Burnadette Norris Weeks.

While Lin LLC may own the property, Avenue executive, the business which operates at that address, is owned by Burnadette Norris Weeks and Kathy Eggleston. Florida records show Norris Weeks and Eggleston are the managers of Avenue Of The Arts Executive Suites LLC.

Broward Elections Lawyer Owes Nearly $11,000 In Broward County Taxes

Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes’ top lawyer is not paying her taxes on a private business funded with public dollars. State and County records show the company owned by Burnadette Norris Weeks failed to pay more than $17,000 in property and sales tax. Lin LLC owns a meeting space business at 405 NW 7th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

In March 2014, the Florida State Department of Revenue levied a lien against Lin LLC for failing to pay $664.82 in sales tax. On August 28, 2014, the State placed another lien for $6,307.13 in unpaid taxes. While Lin LLC finally paid the State of Florida in October 2014, Broward County is still awaiting payment of $10,638.77.

According to Broward County tax records, Lin LLC has not paid its 2013 and 2014 property taxes. Lin LLC owes $5,492.22 in 2013 taxes and $5,146.53 for 2014 property taxes.

Florida business records show Burnadette Norris Weeks is a managing member of Lin LLC which owns the property at 405 NW 7th Avenue. Norris Weeks is a managing member of Avenue of the Arts Executives Suites, the corporate entity behind Avenue Executive. This company rents out office space for meetings and events at 405 NW 7th Avenue. REDBROWARD reported Burnadette Norris Weeks hosted fundraisers for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness at this address.

Burnadette Norris Weeks’ law offices are connected to 405 NW 7th Avenue. According to county records, she has not paid her property taxes for 401 NW 7th Avenue.

REDBROWARD reported Norris Weeks obtained public dollars from the Fort Lauderdale CRA to renovate the building which houses her law offices and Avenue Executive.

In September 2004, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, “[The Fort Lauderdale CRA] Gave Burnadette Norris-Weeks and Valerie Kiffin Lewis, as Right Perspective Development Group, $78,980 to renovate a building they bought at 401 NW Seventh Ave.”

Norris-Weeks received nearly $300,000 in public funds to open a two-person law firm.

A review of Fort Lauderdale CRA records show Lin LLC received public dollars to repair the building at 405 NW 7th Avenue. In the March 2010 Fort Lauderdale CRA minutes, an agreement with Lin LLC would “provide $70,000 and transfer the appropriate funds for the renovation of an exisiting building at 405 NW 7th Avenue.”

Lin LLC was founded by disgraced attorney Gerald Lindor. He was disbarred and convicted for stealing nearly $3 million dollars from his clients.

Norris Weeks obtained more public funds from the South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC). Right Perspective Development Group, LLC, sought $170,000 for “land improvement” and $50,000 for “construction.” Right Perspective Development Group LLC told the SFRPC the new legal services business would create two jobs. It appears those two jobs were given to Norris-Weeks and Kiffin-Lewis.

In addition to her law practice and office space rental business, Burnadette Norris Weeks obtained a lucrative contract from Broward County. REDBROWARD revealed Norris Weeks was given a share of the airport concessions business at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program is supposed to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned small businesses to operate as concessionaires in airports around the country. Locally, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) “works to certify local firms as ACDBEs and to establish annual ACDBE participation goals for the County’s airport projects.” In order to qualify, a business must be “51% owned, controlled and managed by socially and economically disadvantaged U.S. citizen or legal resident who belongs to one or more of the following categories: African-American, Asian-Pacific, Hispanic, Native, Sub-continent Asian, or female.” An individual owner’s Personal Net Worth (PNW) must not exceed $1.32 million excluding personal residence.

In order to retain its food and concession contracts at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, TheParadies Shops needed to comply with the ACDBE guidelines. In 2006, Paradies formed Paradies-Broward LLC. According to State of Florida corporate records, Paradies-Broward LLC was comprised of four members: The Paradies Shops, JD Ruffin Associates Inc., Maria Soldani Consulting LLC and Right Consulting LLC. Burnadette Norris-Weeks is listed as a member of Paradies-Broward LLC.

In December 2013, Broward Commissioners approved the latest agreement with Paradies-Broward LLC. Records show Right Consulting LLC owns a 9% share of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport concession business.

Nothing in Norris-Weeks’ resume shows past experience in airport concessions. Following law school, she worked for a Tallahassee law and the Florida House of Representatives. After a year with the Florida Attorney General’s office, Norris-Weeks joined a Fort Lauderdale insurance company. In 1999, she opened her own legal practice in Fort Lauderdale. Right Consulting LLC was created in 2004.

In 2006, Norris-Weeks added a member with airport experience to Right Consulting LLC. State documents show Judith DeBourg joined Right Consulting in September 2006. DeBourg had experience landing Broward county government contracts. In May 1999, Buddy Nevinswrote DeBourg used political connections to secure airport business. He wrote, “Broward County commissioners this week handed an airport contract to Judith Debourg. Debourg got her work the old-fashioned way at the governmental center. She was Commissioner Kristin Jacobs’ campaign manager.” DeBourg had no shame. “It didn’t hurt to know the right people,” Debourg said.

The public dollars pouring into Burnadette Norris Weeks’ income doesn’t stop there. She has acted as the attorney for the City of West Park, Opa-Locka and others.

Miramar Commissioner Delivered Checks For Dale Holness & His Non-Profit Group

Official ethics disclosure forms show Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis delivered a campaign check from a garbage collection company to Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. Another ethics disclosure form shows Davis used her own campaig funds to make a donation to a controversial non-profit organization tied to Holness. Alexandra Davis is currently campaigning to be the Mayor of Miramar.

REDBROWARD obtained a May 2012 Broward Ethics Disclosure form completed by Commissioner Davis. The form covered “Campaign Fundraising For Other Candidates.” When asked to give the name of candidate, Davis wrote, “Broward Commissioner Dale Holness.” Under contributors, Davis listed Waste Pro and Miramar Commissioner Yvette Colburne. Waste Pro gave Holness a $500 campaign contribution. The check was delivered to a Holness fundraiser co-hosted by Davis, Art Kennedy and Burnadette Norris Weeks.

In December 2012, Waste Pro gave Alexandra Davis a $500 contribution for her 2013 Miramar Commission race. Holness and Burnadette Norris Weeks also contributed to Davis’ Miramar campaign. Less than a year later, Waste Pro gave Davis another $500 for her Broward County Commission race against Barbara Sharief.

A December 2013 ethics disclosure form shows Davis gave funds from her Miramar Commission race to Community Access Center (CAC). Davis wrote she raised funds for a toy drive promoted by CAC CEO/Executive Director Magaly Prezeau.  Currently, Prezeau is a candidate for the Miramar City Commission. Dale Holness sits on the board of directors for the Community Access Center.

REDBROWARD revealed how Holness and Prezeau received thousands of dollars from Broward taxpayers.

In April 2013, Holness asked  fellow commissioners to approve a $15,000 payment to Community Access Center. Commissioner Stacy Ritter called the request “pork.” Holness said the money would be spent on Haitian Cultural Month activities. The Commission, including Republican Chip LaMarca, approved his request.

Last June, REDBROWARD exposed how Sandra Bernard-Bastien helped steer money from CSC’s media budget to CAC. REDBROWARD obtained an audio recording of the February 2014 meeting where Bernard-Bastien said, “Community Access Center is a Haitian TV station.” REDBROWARD exposed the Children’s Services Council media plan included a $5,000 payment to the Community Access Center (CAC). Bernard-Bastien told board members this “small amount of dollars” was a wise investment. She said, “What we found is that, for particularly Caribbean media, we spend $5,000 they give us $50,000.”

Last week, REDBROWARD reported on the numerous candidates in the March 2015 municipal elections tied to Holness. His cousin, Jepath “Jeff” Holness is seeking a seat on the Plantation City Council. Donna Guthrie is running for the Fort Lauderdale City Commission.

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