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.

Bombshell Report: Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Called Opponents “White Jew” & “White Cracker,” Accused Of “Bullying” Numerous City Employees.

A bombshell report commissioned by the City of Tamarac Human Resources Department revealed a pattern of “bullying” of City employees by Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton. The report documents several instances of Bolton attacking political opponents by using their race, ethnicity and religion. City leaders hired noted attorney Levi Williams to investigate six complaints by City employees and 2 complaints by City residents against Marlon Bolton.

The report was released in early 2020. But you likely never heard about its bombshell findings.

In January 2020, The Sun-Sentinel wrote about the report but the Bolton-friendly headline stated he considered the investigation to be a “witch hunt.” Reporter Lisa Huriash wrote:

“The accusations against Bolton were substantiated by an investigation commissioned by Tamarac, which says it won’t tolerate a hostile work environment. “Each of the complaints filed by the city complainants are found to have merit and support Commissioner Bolton’s violation of city codes,” attorney and investigator Levi Williams wrote in his 99-page report. “Although Commissioner Bolton proffered explanations for the allegations levied against him, this investigator found them to be wanting and self-serving and without merit.

Yet the story provided few details about the accusations and the report. Instead, it gave coverage of the seemingly coordinated attacks against the accusers and the investigation.

During a public meeting, Bolton lashed out at his perceived enemies. He called Williams’ investigation a “witch hunt.” Bolton claimed the City Manager did not hire enough black employees.

Bolton said, “it was ‘patent public corruption and misuse of taxpayer funds for Mayor [Michelle] Gomez to have instigated this bogus investigation for the sole purpose of advancing her own political agenda.'”

Gomez and City officials said the seriousness of the allegations by numerous employees forced the HR department to call for an outside investigation.

SHE IS A WHITE JEW

Testimony from two longtime city firefighters described Marlon Bolton’s behavior while campaigning for Elvin Villalobos in 2018. As REDBROWARD revealed last week, Marlon Bolton served as Villalobos’ campaign treasurer. Also, Bolton personally collected nearly $5,000 in campaign contributions for Villalobos’ bid for Mayor. Villalobos ran against Michelle Gomez.

Captain William Duesler told investigators about Bolton’s behavior during early voting at the Tamarac library. Duesler said Bolton told a voter Gomez was a “White Jew–Don’t vote for her.” Another complaint heard Marlon Bolton tell a voter, “Gomez can’t even speak Spanish…and that she is a White Jew.”

In her interview for the investigation, Mayor Michelle Gomez described her encounter with Marlon Bolton at early voting. Gomez heard Bolton tell voters, “You can’t vote for her; She is a Jewish White woman who can’t speak a lick of Spanish.” Gomez told Bolton, “Yes I am Jewish.”

Marlon Bolton told investigators he was simply trying to provide information to voters.

“[Bolton] advised resident “our beloved Mayor is a White Jewish individual and only claims to be Hispanic because she spent two years in a Hispanic household,” the report states.

Bolton told investigators he “viewed his actions as a mediator versus an agitator insisting that Ms. Gomez tell people that she is a White Jewish female.”

Bolton said he “allowed” Elvin Villalobos to use his Hispanic heritage as means to get Gomez to tell the truth about her ethnicity. Bolton stated Gomez was not Hispanic simply because “she was adopted for a couple years by an adoptive father who was from Spain.”

WHITE CRACKER

Larry Goehrig ran against Marlon Bolton in 2016. He heard Bolton tell voters not vote for Goehrig because “we don’t need another white cracker on the board.” Goehrig complained that Bolton passed out an illegal palm card produced by individuals close to Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. After REDBROWARD revealed the origin of the phony card, a Broward Judge prohibited its dissemination at polling places.

Bolton told investigators he was unaware of the Judge’s order. Bolton said he did not want to discuss Goehrig out of fear of being sued by him.

BULLYING” “LOUD SHOUTING

The complaints by City employees against Marlon Bolton show a disturbing pattern of threatening behavior.

In July 2017, administrative assistant Millie Velasquez worked on finalizing a travel budget report. She was being trained by her supervisor Robyn Thalenfeld. Velasquez told investigators an angry Marlon Bolton confronted her on July 10, 2017. She said Bolton was upset because he had the highest travel budget request. Velasquez felt Bolton was angry because Sun-Sentinel reporter Lisa Huriash was asking questions about the travel budget.

Bolton asked Velasquez to change the numbers in his report. Velasquez refused his “inappropriate” request.

Velasquez said Bolton became “threatening and loud.” In the presence of other employees, Velasquez stated Bolton yelled “you work for the Commissioners…I need you to do it right away!”

As Velasquez left to discuss the situation with Thalenfeld. She stated Bolton “followed her upstairs screaming… menacing, he made her feel uncomfortable and she was about to cry.”

Velasquez felt Bolton “was going to cause her physical harm.”

Velasquez lodged a formal complaint against Marlon Bolton within 24 hours.

Robyn Thalenfeld confirmed Velasquez’ story. She said Bolton “screamed” as he followed Velasquez upstairs. Thalenfeld said Bolton was “loud and demanding.” She described his behavior as “bullying.”

City Clerk Pat Teufel told investigators she heard Commissioner Bolton “having a loud conversation with Ms. Velasquez about travel. He had a very angry tone. He was derogatory and nasty.” She said “The City is weary from Commissioner Bolton….”

BOLTON ENRAGED OVER PARKING SPACE

City employee Zach Steiner described his encounter outside Marlon Bolton’s home. Steiner, a public works department employee was turning on water service at a neighbor’s home. “Mr. Steiner said after he had parked Commissioner Bolton came out and asked him to move his vehicle and he did so. After leaving his vehicle to return to the task, Commissioner Bolton again asked him to move his vehicle to a different spot.” Steiner admitted he was argumentative with Commissioner Bolton but “he felt that the Commissioner was messing with him.” Steiner said “Bolton advised him as to who he was and started taking pictures of him doing his job.”

The report shows Bolton told Steiner’s supervisor about the encounter. Bolton said he was upset that Steiner initially blocked his vehicle and then blocked the parking spot he intended to use. Bolton told investigators he though the employee was “on drugs.”

THREATENED EMPLOYEES AND CITY WITH LAWSUIT

In 2018, Tamarac City employees prevented candidates from bringing campaign literature into an event at the City aquatic center. The City prohibited distribution of campaign materials inside City owned facilities. Most candidates had no issue complying with the rules.

Except Elvin Villalobos and Marlon Bolton.

A witness stated he told Elvin Villalobos about the prohibition on campaign material on City property. Villalobos was carrying signs and flyers into the voter registration drive. Villalobos said he spoke to the City Attorney who advised he could “do as he pleased.” Villalobos said he would call the City Attorney.

Fifteen minutes later, Marlon Bolton arrived on the scene. According to the witness statement, Bolton stated the employee “must not have gotten the memo” allowing campaign materials on City property. After employees made several calls to supervisors, City Manager Mike Cernech confirmed the prohibition still stands.

Bolton took out his camera to record the City employees. Bolton asked “are you stating to me that you are refusing to allow us to enter and hand out our materials?” The employee stated she would not answer questions while being recorded and walked away. Bolton followed her.

Later on, that employee said Bolton pulled her aside and stated, “I used to like you but, now I don’t. And you and your employee and the City can expect to be named in a lawsuit on Monday.” The employee stated Bolton was attempting to “bully and threatened me.” As a result she called in sick on Monday.

According to witness statements, Bolton stated he was there to record the event for a local website. However, Bolton acted more like a campaign operative, than a journalist or even a city leader.

Despite this pattern of behavior, none of these allegations were explored in any detail during the 2020 campaign.

Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Was Elvin Villalobos Campaign Treasurer In 2018, Collected Big Checks For Villalobos & Commissioner Mike Gelin

Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton served as Vice-Mayor Elvin Villalobos’ 2018 campaign treasurer, official City records show. These same records show Marlon Bolton personally collected numerous campaign checks for Villalobos and Tamarac Commissioner Mike Gelin. This week, REDBROWARD exposed Bolton’s close ties to companies performing 2020 campaign work for Villalobos, other politicians, political committees and even Bolton himself.

Marlon Bolton revealed his role in the 2018 campaigns in disclosure documents with the City of Tamarac.

On March 28, 2018 Bolton informed the Tamarac City Clerk of his role as Villalobos campaign treasurer. Villalobos was running for Mayor of Tamarac. Bolton was a city commissioner.

Between July 10, 2018 and October 10, 2018 Marlon Bolton disclosed collecting twenty-nine campaign contributions for his now-fellow commissioners. On July 10th, Villalobos and Gelin campaigns each picked up $1,000 contributions thanks to Bolton.

By October 10th, Bolton had collected $4,808.23 for Villalobos campaign. Bolton collected $6,333,23 for Mike Gelin’s campaign. Bolton used “Facebook, email and phone” to raise a total of $11,141.46.

Bolton collected contributions from local companies such as Waste Management and Stephenson Consulting. Two of Bolton’s companies, Forecast Holdings and Tyson Bolton And Associates, made contributions to Villalobos and Gelin.

In his October 10, 2018 disclosure document, Marlon Bolton told the Clerk he was no longer the campaign treasurer for Elvin Villalobos. He attached an email he sent to Villalobos.

The email claims to show his resignation from Villalobos’ campaign occurred on April 1, 2018 just days after Bolton told the clerk he was the treasurer. No reason was given.

Villalobos did not win the 2018 election. But in 2020, Bolton was back on Team Villalobos.

Yesterday, REDBROWARD revealed a business with ties to Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton worked on Vice Mayor Elvin Villalobos’ 2020 campaign. REDBROWARD obtained the documents through a public records request. The records show Mojo Global Holdings LLC received $16,576 from Villalobos.

Villalobos reports list a Lauderhill UPS store as the address for Mojo Global Holdings. State records show Carl K. Williams is the managing member of the company. The State records list P.O. Box 246164 in Pembroke Pines as the mailing address for Mojo Global Holdings.

State records list Carl Williams and the P.O. Box 246164 on the business records for New Convenant Ministeries International-Miami Florida. While the post office box is listed as its mailing address, since 2017, corporate records show the principal address of New Convenant Ministeries International-Miami Florida as 1625 S. State Road 7 in North Lauderdale.

Since 2015, the storefront at 1625 S. State Road 7 in North Lauderdale has been the principal address for Praise Experience Worldwide Outreach Church. This church is owned by Marlon Bolton.

On April 12, 2019, Carl Williams created the “Go Tamarac Go PAC” using the P.O. Box 246164 mailing address.

On that same day, Carl Williams formed the “Residents United PAC” using the P.O. Box 246164 address. On July 31, 2020, Residents United PAC received a $7,500 contribution from Exy Consultants at P.O. Box 451711 in Fort Lauderdale.

Carl Williams was appointed to the Tamarac Parks and Recreation board by Marlon Bolton.

REDBROWARD asked Elvin Villalobos about Marlon Bolton’s role in his 2018 and 2020 campaigns.

In emails to REDBROWARD, Villalobos said, “Many volunteers have played a role in my elections. As many others play roles in all elected officials. 

Do you have specific questions because I have no comments regarding Commissioner Bolton

It is my campaign, my election and the win belongs to my residents that voted for me. 

With all due respect, I specifically said I have no comments regarding Commissioner Bolton.

It would be helpful to demonstrate how long he was treasurer and how much he was able to get donors to give in comparison to the amount I put in, and what my immediate friends and family donated.

It would also be very important to note that elected officials do help candidates and other elected officials, just as the Mayor did – would be nice to show that information. Lets be fair in the reporting, right?”

Last week, Marlon Bolton apparently blocked REDBROWARD from calling or texting him with requests for comment.

Tamarac residents need answers about the political alliances, not word games and attempts to deflect attention onto other politicians.

Tamarac voters deserve the truth, right?