Dale Holness Throws Son Under The Bus, Claims He Does Not Know If Son Received Check From Daughter’s PPP Loan Scheme

Does Dale Holness Know Best?

In a bizarre effort to address claims he threw his daughter “under the bus” following her arrest last month for her role in federal conspiracy to fraudulently obtain a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness threw his son under the very same bus. Last month, the U.S. Attorney charged Damara Holness with conspiracy to commit wire fraud to obtain a $350,000 PPP loan. In August 2020, REDBROWARD first exposed how Damara Holness landed a huge loan using her father’s business address in loan documents.

Dale Holness quickly tried to distance himself from his daughter. Following her arrest, Dale Holness made the laughable claim that he was “estranged for years” from Damara Holness. REDBROWARD showed the deep political ties between father and daughter over the few election cycles. Apparently, REDBROWARD readers were not the only ones to think Holness threw his daughter under the bus.

On August 21, 2021 Dale Holness was the guest on the “RACE and The Races” Facebook program. From the start, Holness showed his displeasure with the hosts who dared to discuss the recent arrest of Damara Holness. He scolded hosts Narnike Grant and Sandra Cherfrere for listening to “gossip” that could damage his chances to win the U.S Congressional seat previously held by Alcee Hastings.

Both hosts stated that black women were unhappy with Holness’ “estranged” statement following Damara Holness’ arrest. They wondered why Holness “threw his daughter under the bus” instead of saying nothing.

How did Dale Holness respond?

UNDER THE BUS

The U.S. Attorney alleges Damara Holness wrote checks to individuals in an attempt to conceal her PPP loan fraud. The Federal Government alleges Damara Holness wrote checks to individuals who then endorsed the checks back to her. Once the checks were cashed, the individuals received a small percentage of the amount while Damara Holness kept the rest.

During his appearance on “RACE and The Races,” Dale Holness appeared desperate to distance himself from this check cashing scheme. So desperate that he appears to implicate his namesake son in his daughter’s scheme.

Holness was angry that one of the hosts mentioned he may have received a check from Damara Holness. “Nonsense,” Holness said. But Dale Holness was not satisfied with his denial. He decided to throw his son under the bus.

Holness said, “I have a son, Dale Holness, similar to mine. I don’t know if he got any but I didn’t get no check.”

Dale Holness continued, “you have to be careful when you put stuff out there, it’s dangerous and damaging to people….”

Umm, yeah.

So why did Dale Holness bring his 35 year old son into this?

Does Dale Holness know that checks were made out to “Dale Holness?”

His son was never mentioned in the charging documents.

Why would Dale Holness do something so “dangerous and damaging” like dropping his son into the middle of an ongoing Federal investigation?

Is Dale Holness so desperate to save his own political skin that he would throw not one but two of his children under the bus?

A real father of the year.

Campaign Donors Paying The Rent For Dale Holness Real Estate Office

Dale Holness’ real estate office in Plantation

Wealthy donors to Dale Holness‘ congressional campaign are paying the rent on his real estate office in Plantation, Federal records show. Holness owns the All Broward Realty (ABR) office located at 4325 West Sunrise Boulevard. For years, Holness has used his real estate office as his political headquarters.

Dale Holness & Damara Holness inside the All Broward Realty office in Plantation

In 2018, Dale Holness, his daughter Damara Holness and his campaign guru Omar Smith used the All Broward Realty office as the defacto Andrew Gillum campaign office. Holness and his daughter filmed videos shilling for Gillum.

Omar Smith at Andrew Gillum campaign rally at Dale Holness office in 2018

In 2018, REDBROWARD interviewed Omar Smith at an Andrew Gillum campaign rally held in the parking lot in front of Dale Holness’ real estate office. A few month later, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas confronted Omar Smith outside the ABR offices after undercover video showed Smith using racial slurs to describe Florida voters.

Project Veritas interviews Omar Smith outside Dale Holness office in 2018.

In April 2021, Dale Holness announced his candidacy for US Congress District 20 at a rally at his real estate office.

Holness For Congress kickoff at Dale Holness real estate office in April 2021
Dale Holness Campaign Kickoff April 2020

Dale Holness repeatedly posts pictures of supporters attending meetings at his real estate office.

Dale Holness and Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis at his real estate office.

Now, Holness is using campaign contributions to pay his rent at the ten unit shopping mall near the Florida Turnpike. In its June 2021 campaign report to the Federal Elections Commission, the Holness For Congress committee lists a $1,700 payment to Plantation Merchandise Mart for “June rent for office space.”

Instead of using Plantation Merchandise Mart’s physical address in Plantation, the Holness For Congress campaign used the Lake Worth address of In-Rel Properties which manages commerical properties.

All ten units at the Plantation Merchandise Mart appear to be occupied. The tenants include a medical office, a beauty salon, a tax and tag office, a school, a plumbing supply company, an MRI office, a uniform store and All Broward Realty.

The Holness real estate office is festooned with campaign signs for Dale Holness and the late Alcee Hastings.

REDBROWARD contacted In-Rel Properties to ask if Dale Holness had rented additional office space at the Plantation Merchandise Mart. A company representative said someone would call us back.

But on the Holness For Congress website, the only address provided is the All Broward Realty office. This same address is used on the Federal forms Dale Holness filed to run for Congress.

Is Dale Holness really using campaign funds to pay rent on his business’ office? With the election more than two months away, Dale Holness could save six months of rent payments that would have come out of his own pocket.

This would not be the first time Dale Holness gamed the system to his financial advantage.

In 2013, REDBROWARD exposed how Dale Holness failed to pay more than $13,000 in property taxes on numerous investment properties across Broward. When asked about his failure to pay his tax bills, Holness was nonchalant about the matter.

Holness told the Sun-Sentinel his paltry $92,000 County Commission salary barely covered expenses for his seven children.”I’m paying it as I can,” Holness said. “I have different responsibilities. I have children, I don’t neglect my children. I’ve been helping them because they have had a tough time and even though some [of them] are grown … I still have the responsibility.”

Since Holness was so delinquent, his property taxes were sold in tax certificate process. The Sun-Sentinel explained at a tax certificate sale, “investors compete to pay the tax bills for the owners, bidding for an interest rate that will be owed by the delinquent taxpayer. The investor gambles on the eventual payoff from the taxpayer: If the property owner pays up, the investor pockets the interest. If the owner doesn’t pay, the investor can move forward with trying to acquire the property at auction.”

To Dale Holness, there was no shame in having tax certificates sold on his properties. He told the Sun-Sentinel, “The money still goes into the tax coffers. It does cost me more. It’s like a loan.”

In 2020, REDBROWARD again exposed how Holness failed to timely pay his property taxes. He owed nearly $19,000 in taxes to the County. Two of his properties, both Lauderhill townhomes, were so delinquent that both homes were subject to public auction proceedings.

At his campaign kickoff in April, REDBROWARD asked Dale Holness about his failure to pay his property taxes on time.

Shouldn’t Dale Holness pay his own bills?

Holness For Congress website lists Dale Holness real estate office as its address
Holness For Congress campaign paperwork lists Dale Holness real estate office as address.

SOURCES: Law Enforcement Visited Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness’ Real Estate Office Within The Last 24 Hours

Law enforcement officials visited the real estate office owned by Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness within the last twenty four hours, sources tell REDBROWARD. One political insider claimed the unidentified law enforcement officers visited the All Broward Realty office in Plantation in search of a specific individual. REDBROWARD is withholding the name of this individual since no charges have been filed.

A Broward legal insider tells REDBROWARD that law enforcement left Holness’ offices with boxes of business records. This insider stated that no arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation. Another REDBROWARD source claims other media outlets believe an arrest has been made.

Dale Holness is currently running for the U.S. Congressional seat previously held by Alcee Hastings.

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