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Elections Workers Allow Broward Democrat Party Official To Violate 150ft Boundary At Early Voting In Coral Springs

Broward Supervisor of Elections Office (SOE) workers were oblivious as a Broward Democrat Party Official sat nearby handing out the official party palm card to voters at the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. Florida law states all electioneering must be at least 150 feet from the entrance of a polling place. When setting up a polling place, one of the first things Broward SOE workers do is mark the 150 feet boundary.

On Sunday, REDBROWARD spotted Democratic National Committee Black Caucus Southern Regional Director Grace Carrington well within 150 feet of the library entrance. We watched as Carrington asked numerous voters if they wanted the offical Democratic Part card. Carrington sat in the shade while other candidates and volunteers melted in the 100 degree heat by the boundary set by SOE.

Carrington and two SOE workers convinced the supervisor on scene that Carrington was behind the line. Later, a disgruntled worker confirmed Carrington was violating the boundary. She moved further from entrance. Of course, Broward SOE workers were upset with REDBROWARD for pushing compliance with the law.

Voter holds card she just received from Grace Carrington

Dale Holness Campaign Guru Omar Smith Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud Charges

Omar Smith

Omar Miguel Smith, a longtime political operative of former Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, pled guilty on Friday to Federal charges related to COVID-19 relief fraud. REDBROWARD first reported on the suspicious Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan Smith received last year. Smith obtained $212,500 for his single person company, A Star For I, Inc.

Smith faces up to thirty years in prison.

Here’s the press release from the United States Attorney’s Office:

Miami, Fl. –Today 42-year-old Royal Palm Beach, Florida resident Omar Smith pled guilty in South Florida federal court to lying on a coronavirus relief loan application and fraudulently obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars intended to help small businesses financially survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the information to which he pled guilty, in June 2020, Smith applied for a $212,500 forgivable, federally guaranteed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan on behalf of A Star For I, Inc., a Florida company that he owned. It is alleged that to justify the requested loan amount, Smith claimed in the on-line loan application, and through supporting fraudulent payroll tax forms, that his company employed 30 people and spent an average of $85,000 each month on payroll. In fact, A Star For I, Inc had zero employees and no payroll expenses. A bank in Utah approved A Star For I, Inc.’s PPP loan application based on the lies and wired $212,500 to the company’s bank account in Florida, says the information.

Once the money hit the bank account in July 2020, Smith spent the next few months creating a paper trail to make it appear as if A Star For I, Inc. in fact had employees and was spending the PPP money on legitimate, approved expenses, it is alleged. According to the information, Smith issued checks from the company bank account made out to others who did little or no work for A Star For I, Inc.

Smith faces up to thirty years in prison and a fine of the greater of twice the gross gain or twice the gross loss or $1,000,000. United States District Judge Robin Rosenberg will sentence Smith on a date and time to be announced.

Smith has worked on political campaigns in South Florida.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jay Bernardo, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, announced the charges.

FBI Miami investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Kaplan is prosecuting it.