North Lauderdale Commissioner Regina Martin Received Two PPP Loans Using Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton’s Home Addressa

North Lauderdale Commissioner Regina Martin received two Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans using the address of Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton. These emergency pandemic loans were intended to help business owners pay workers during the COVID-19 lockdown. PPP loans were also available for self-employed business owners. State of Florida records show Regina Martin owns multiple corporations.

According to public databases, Regina Martin was awarded a $20,000 PPP loan on July 16, 2020. Martin’s loan was coded as “Insurance Agencies and Brokerages (Self-Employed Individuals).” Records show the funds were not disbursed.

State records do not show Regina Martin as a licensed insurance broker.

On February 18, 2021, Regina Martin was awarded a $20,000 PPP loan for her “Tax Preparation Services….Existing or more than 2 years old” business. This loan was disbursed to Martin.

For both loans, Regina Martin used apartment on Ann Lee Lane in Tamarac.

Campaign records and even a police report show this same address is the residence of Marlon Bolton.

Marlon Bolton’s official campaign treasurer’s reports from July 2020 and February 2021 list his address as the same Ann Lee Lane unit used by Regina Martin.

State records show Regina Martin owns several businesses located at Ann Lee Lane in Tamarac. These businesses include Regina Martin Enterprise LLC, House of Baby Doll LLC and Millennium Kingdom International Embassy.

CLOSE TIES

REDBROWARD reported on Regina Martin’s close ties to Marlon Bolton.

Happy Feet Advertising, LLC, a political consulting company tied Marlon Bolton, performed extensive campaign work for Regina Martin, records show. Campaign treasurer reports show Martin paid $14,750 to Happy Feet during the 2020 election cycle. In fact, Martin paid Happy Feet nearly $1,000 more than Bolton paid for similar campaign work.

REDBROWARD revealed Marlon Bolton’s ties to The Tamarac Post, a public relations site operated by North Lauderdale deputy clerk Anthony Bonamy. When Bonamy applied for the North Lauderdale late last year, he listed Marlon Bolton as a reference. After being sworn into office on November 19, 2020, Regina Martin’s first official act was making a motion to hire Anthony Bonamy. Her motion was seconded by North Lauderdale Commissioner Samson Boregelin. Marlon Bolton spoke at the meeting. He urged North Lauderdale leaders to hire Bonamy.

REDBROWARD obtained video recorded by Regina Martin on election night as her victory was announced by local media. One man is heard gasping for air as he declares “Oh my God” several times. The man was Marlon Bolton. Later in the video, Martin receives a congratulatory hug from Commissioner Boregelin.

As the excitement dies down, Bolton tells Martin he is going to the election party of Tamarac Commissioner Elvin Villalobos. Martin immediate asks Bolton about “Mayor Dale [Holness], are you going to Mayor Dale’s.”

Regina Martin joined the North Lauderdale City Commission on November 18, 2020. Why was she using Marlon Bolton’s address in February 2021?

Did Regina Martin live on Ann Lee Lane? Did she live with Marlon Bolton and his wife at that address?

Does Regina Martin sell insurance or perform tax preparation?

REDBROWARD asked Regina Martin for comment. The number listed for Martin on the City of North Lauderdale is the City Clerk’s telephone number. Ms. Martin has not responded to our email.

“I WAS HEATED.” Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Arrested On Felony Grand Theft Charges In 2010

Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton was charged with Felony Grand Theft (Third Degree) for using a forged check to withdraw $4,120 from his employer’s bank account. REDBROWARD obtained portions of the Miami Beach Police Report along with copies of his booking information and mugshot. REDBROWARD also obtained copies of an email Bolton sent to the victim two days after the crime.

According to a Miami Beach police report, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 Marlon Bolton presented a forged withdrawal slip at the Wachovia Bank on Lincoln Road. Bolton allegedly forged the signature of Steve Benz, the owner of No. 23 Model Management, on the slip. Bolton was an employee of No.23 Model Management.

Bolton was given $4,120 by a bank teller.

When he saw the transaction Benz, who lives in Tampa, immediately called the bank. Benz, “was told by a bank employee that Mr. Bolton had approached the counter in person, and was given the funds by a bank employee.”

On Friday, February 26, 2010 Benz called Miami Beach Police. The case was assigned to economic crimes division.

The police report states, “surveillance video available.”

“I WAS HEATED”

On Saturday, February 27, 2010, Marlon Bolton sent a rambling, self-serving apology filled with misspellings to the victim. Benz told REDBROWARD Bolton was unaware he had filed a police report when he sent the email. While he gives brief mention to the pain his action caused Benz and his wife, Bolton goes on to lament how his actions affected himself.

“On Friday, I was heated. Again self-absorbed, ready to fight a legal battle and be tough, alluded (sic) myself to think that I was right,” Bolton wrote.

Bolton continued, “This morning I got up and realized I was wrong. I know it’s a day late and a dollar short, and the damage has been done, but I believe that all is not lost. For this time, I thought of the many peopele (sic) before I think about myself.”

“It is funny how I made myself believe that I was doing myself justice, stamping my feet like a little child to get what I wanted, but nothing has happened but a child whom has run out of his father’s luck,” Bolton wrote. “I am not asking you to continue to invest, but asking for your forgiveness, I am asking for sometime to proove (sic) that I can actually bill (sic) and change the models lifes (sic), I am asking you for the time to use my knowledge of booking to generate income to pay you back.”

Then Bolton scolds Benz with, “Being heated and upset flashing your majic wand and changing telephone numbers to teach me a lesson will only further break me down devastate my life, but in the end you would still be out of money….”

“I am humbly asking that you and I be humble and come to some mutual understanding to make this work,” Bolton wrote. “I do not have the lump sum you asked for, but I am confident that we can come to some understanding where it is repaid over time. I am willing to try again.”

Three months later, Bolton was charged with felony grand theft and booked into a Miami-Dade jail on May 4, 2010.

On May 5, 2010 Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle’s office sent a form letter to the victim. The letter asked Benz to contact her office to provide information on the case.

Benz told REDBROWARD he was unhappy with the way the Miami Beach Police Department handled the investigation. He felt the investigation was not a priority for them. Benz said he made repeated phone calls to detectives about securing the bank surveillance tapes.

Weeks later, the Miami-Dade State Attorney informed Benz the case would be dropped because the bank surveillance tapes were not secured in time. The bank’s security system recorded over the Bolton incident.

The Bolton case files are not found on the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts website. It is likely Bolton had records sealed and/or expunged.

Marlon Bolton did not respond to requests for comment.

But the Miami Beach PD and Miami-Dade State Attorney were not the only ones to drop the ball.

Both Benz and others told REDBROWARD the media, including the Sun-Sentinel, had this information in January 2020. Bolton faced re-election in November 2020 and the Sun-Sentinel never said a word?

Guess Tamarac voters did not deserve the truth, right.?

Judge Nina Di Pietro Pays Big Bucks To Advertising Firm At Center Of Broward Health Investigation

Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro made a $6,501 payment to the advertising firm at the center of the Broward Health investigation. Multiple investigations are looking into Zimmerman Advertising’s attempt to land a $71 million dollar contract from Broward Health. Lawyers for Independent Review Organization (IRO) believe the controversial contract between Broward Health and Zimmerman Advertising may have violated the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The IRO report is the second fact finding body troubled by the multi-million dollar deal involving former Broward Health Chairman David Di Pietro, the late Broward Health CEO Nabil El-Sanadi and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. Judge Di Pietro is married to David Di Pietro.

According to the IRO, just one month after becoming the new Broward Health CEO, Dr. Nabil El-Sanadi met with Jordan Zimmerman. Three months later, Broward Health paid Zimmerman Advertising $2.1 million dollars for “marketing sevices.” The report states, “Nine days after the contract was entered into, Zimmerman hired Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca as its Vice President of Community Relations.”

Based upon interviews and other sources, the report states, “[I]t appears attorney and Chair of the [Broward Health] Board of Commissioners David Di Pietro desired to increase the $2.1 million contract.” One interviewee told investigators that LaMarca was a client of Di Pietro.

Last October, REDBROWARD reported investigators were troubled by the June 2015 fundraiser for Judge Nina Di Pietro held at Zimmerman Advertising offices. “The IRO is concerned that physicians, apparently while engaged in Focus Arrangement contract or renewal negotiations with [Broward Health], were apparently donors to her campaign.” Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro is the wife of David Di Pietro.

ZIMMERMAN GAVE BIG BUCKS TO DI PIETRO CAMPAIGN

Jordan Zimmerman and his companies were some of Judge Nina Di Pietro’s biggest supporters. Campaign financial records from June 2015 show ten companies controlled by Zimmerman gave $10,000 to Judge Nina Di Pietro. On the same day, Jordan Zimmerman made a $1,000 in-kind contribution for “food and beverage” to her campaign.

REFUND?

In her final campaign finance report, Judge Nina Di Pietro lists a $6,501 expenditure to Jordan Zimmerman. The reason for the January 27, 2017 expenditure is “event expenses food and beverage.”  It is unclear if this was for the June 2015 event at Zimmerman Advertising or another event. Most of Di Pietro’s other expenditures for events fall between $475 and $819 dollars.

Some political insiders wonder if this a refund to Jordan Zimmerman. One source claims Zimmerman is not happy with the entire Broward Health mess. Did he ask for his money back? Did Judge Di Pietro wait until after the election to make the refund? Did investigators order a refund?

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