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Updated | So let me tell you what’s criminal…

It’s not the 7-0 6-1 motion to file a criminal complaint against former Lauderdale Lakes Finance Director Larry Tibbs (Hello??? There’s an ongoing FDLE and OIG investigation).

Supposedly there is an ongoing FDLE investigation of Tibbs, though no one has heard anything of it … and the OIG investigation is of the City and not just him (contracting issues, etc)

– Ye Olde Editor

No, that’s not criminal.  That’s just silly.

What is criminal is the spreadsheet supplied by the Lauderdale Lakes Dream Team to the Broward County Commission.  A document used as the basis for the loan payment guarantee (aka $3M of our money).

Now that is criminal.

Criminally as in a crime?  Criminally incompetent? Criminally stupid?  Time will tell…

So in honor of the City’s filing of a complaint against Tibbs, here’s one for the gipper.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Broward State Attorney Office
201 Southeast 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Attention: Timothy Donnelly, Assistant State Attorney
Public Corruption Unit

John W. Scott, Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
One North University Drive, Suite 111
Plantation, FL 33324

Dear Sirs;

On February 7, 2012, the City of Lauderdale Lakes came before the Broward County Commission seeking a three-month payment guarantee, valued in excess of $3M, for the city’s BSO contract.

Offered as proof of financial wherewithal, and made part of Official Minutes, was the city’s 2012 Cash Flow Analysis spreadsheet. I have attached a true and unaltered copy (Cash Flow Analysis (XLS)) of that file and the document (download (PDF)) which contains the basis for my complaint for your records.

The following is our opinion based upon our intensive research.

City Manager Jonathan Allen, Finance Director Marie Elianor, and Mayor Barrington Russell have intentionally submitted a fictitious Cash Flow Analysis Report; a document that contains many deceptive statements regarding the city’s existing and future monetary position. This over-inflation of liquidity disguised the potential monetary liability to the county taxpayer. Had a true and accurate Cash Flow Analysis Report been submitted, the Commission’s approval of the payment guarantee would not have been a forgone conclusion. Such a scenario would then have long-term implications on the professional/political careers of Allen, Elianor, and Russell.

Continuing, it is our opinion that Allen and his colleagues, by causing the Official Minutes to contain false records, find themselves in a scenario similar to the reasons for Sylvia Poitier’s removal from office.

Given this, I respectfully request the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and Broward County Office of Inspector General thoroughly investigate these allegations and to the extent permitted by State or local law or regulations, any and all penalties, sanctions, or other disciplinary actions for violations of such standards be applied forthwith.

Under penalty of perjury, I declare the facts set forth are true, correct, and complete.

I stand ready to assist.

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