A woman accused of defrauding a Broward widow is hosting a fundraiser for School Board candidate Allen Zeman this Thursday. According to a flyer posted on social media, Bina Fink and her boss, County Commissioner Steve Geller are hosting the Zeman event at Gulfstream Brewery in Fort Lauderdale. Fake Admiral Zeman is running against Donna Korn for the District 8 seat.
In June 2021, Bina Fink made headlines when she was accused of defrauding a local widow.
The Sun-Sentinel revealed Bina Fink was the subject of a criminal investigation. Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) investigators were looking into Fink’s relationship with Carole Porter, a recently widowed freelance journalist. While Fink snapped blurry selfies at political events, Porter is a well-known for taking high quality photographs at these same events.
According to the Sun-Sentinel:
“The widow, Carol Porter, claims Fink persuaded her to hire a new money manager, a new accountant and an attorney Fink recommended. In a written statement submitted to police last July, Porter says she transferred $798,948 to the money manager Fink lined up. When she eventually grew suspicious and tried to transfer the money back, she discovered thousands of dollars missing, she said. Porter claims she had given Fink part of the missing funds — $82,500 — to pay the new lawyer, much of it through checks made out to “cash.”
Despite knowing BSO investigators subpoenaed his aide’s financial records, Steve Geller heaped praise on Fink.
Geller, a lawyer/lobbyist told the Sun-Sentinel, “If Bina were to be convicted of a crime, obviously I would have a completely different view. I might have a different view if there was a finding of probable cause. But I’d have to review the indictment.”
REDBROWARD reported Fink used Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to secure a loan from a local attorney, court records show. In September 2017, Russell Thompson sued Bina Fink in Broward County Court over her failure to repay a 2016 loan in the amount of $9,981 loan to Thompson. According to the complaint, Fink told Thompson she needed a temporary loan to pay for travel expenses.
Bina Fink told Thompson she was due $10,000 for work she performed for the Democratic National Committee. The complaint states, “[Fink] said she would be receiving a check from Debbie Wasserman Schultz as payment.” Then, Bina Fink “called Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the presence of [Thompson] to confirm she would be receiving her payment.”
Thompson gave Fink the loan. In return, Fink gave Thompson a check in the same amount which he could cash the following week. When Thompson attempted to deposit check, Fink told him she did not have the money.
Two months after filing the lawsuit, Fink agreed to repay the loan over the next ten months.
Did Bina Fink really get Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the phone to discuss a $10,000? Unfortunately, Russell Thompson died suddenly in December 2018. But published reports and numerous selfies on Facebook appear to show a close relationship between Wasserman-Schultz and Fink.
Why is Allen Zeman seeking support of someone like Bina Fink?
If Bina Fink is a huge supporter of Allen Zeman why was she snapping selfies with BTU honchos at the Ron DeSantis/Charlie Crist debate? BTU is backing Donna Korn.