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Rod Velez Attends Broward School Board Meeting A Week After Giving Statement To FDLE

After spending a few days in Tallahassee, Rod Velez attended a School Board of Broward County workshop Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale. Velez kept supporters abreast of his travels with photographs posted on social media. Judging by the comments, his supporters still believe he has a path to a seat on the School Board.

One meeting Velez did not document was another visit with representatives of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Last week, Velez provided a formal statement to FDLE.

Last month, REDBROWARD revealed FDLE received information regarding possible perjury committed by Rod Velez when he signed an oath in campaign paperwork. Sources told REDBROWARD that Velez subsequently met with FDLE agent’s who advised him that taking the oath for the School Board seat would constitute perjury. Velez attended the swearing in ceremony but did not take the oath of office.

Despite the encouragement to keep fighting, it appears Velez has no path to take office. As REDBROWARD previously reported, the December clemency board meeting was cancelled. Also, the Office of Offender Review, which reviews the clemency requests, is well aware of the FDLE perjury investigation. One source claims Velez’s application may have been rejected because of it.

It is becoming likely Governor Ron DeSantis will appoint someone to the District 1 seat in January.

FTX Told US Treasury It Targeted Broward’s “Most Vulnerable” With Risky Digital Assets And Crypto Wallets

In a letter to the U.S. Treasury, FTX detailed its plans to target Broward’s “most vulnerable” residents with a banking scheme involving digital assets and crypto wallets. Yesterday, REDBROWARD revealed FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s March 2022 testimony to Congress where he discussed a partnership with Broward County Government. “We began our program in South Florida in partnership with OIC of South Florida and Broward county government, and have recently announced a new million dollar program with the City of Chicago, and look forward to expanding to many other cities and communities across the country,” Bankman-Fried said.

An August 2022 letter to the U.S. Treasury gave more details about FTX plans for Broward.

“FTX is dedicated to actualizing the digital asset industry’s promise of fast, accessible, and low-cost financial services from the frontlines of Ukraine’s defense of democracy, to American communities left out of the traditional financial system,” the letter stated. FTX claimed the solution for the inability of some minorities to open traditional bank accounts was to create bank accounts utilizing FTX products such as a digital wallet. “FTX Foundation is collaborating with local governments, communities, and organizations across the country to offer those cut out of the financial system a free bank account and debit card linked to a crypto wallet,” FTX wrote.

The FTX Foundation, the charitable arm of FTX, was the organization behind the FTX Hackathon and Crypto Summit which targeted Broward students. Sam Bankman-Fried’s aunt, Broward Democrat lobbyist Barbara Miller was the driving force behind the FTX Hackathon. A Broward government source said Miller was pushing Broward County government to expand ties with FTX.

“We launched our first pilot partnership and focus groups in South Florida in partnership with OIC of South Florida and Broward county government, with focus group sessions in order to better learn about the challenges facing the unbanked in detail,” FTX told the U.S. Treasury.

Did the FTX/OIC partnership go beyond the focus group stage?

FTX funded the August 2022 OIC “Middle Class Summit.” How much did FTX pay for sponsorship? Did FTX pay other amounts to FTX?

FTX told the U.S. Treasury its plans for Chicago included a $1 million dollar contribution by the FTX Foundation which would be disbursed as $500 payments to 100 individuals for 12 months. Did FTX have similar plans for Broward?

Sam Bankman-Fried, Joe Bankman and Barbara Miller.