Press Release on Channel 7 News Story on Hawk Biometric

Lerman Law Firm Applauds Miami’s Channel 7 News for Exposing Law Enforcement and Prosecutors’ Failure to Stop Ongoing Multi-Million Dollar Hawk Systems Fraud

September 25, 2019 11:11 ET | Source: Lerman Law Firm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) is applauding Miami’s Channel 7 News (WSVN) for shining a light on a multi-million dollar fraud by Hawk Systems, Inc. and its affiliated companies that has duped hundreds of investors while law enforcement and prosecutors stand by.

Victims profiled in the piece include former football greats Bryant McFadden of the Steelers, Alex Barron of the Rams and Greg Jones of the Jacksonville Jaguars. All three are graduates of Florida State University where they played football for the Seminoles.

McFadden lost $200,000 to the fraudulent company, which claims to own patents to cutting-edge biometric technology.

McFadden told Channel 7 News: “It was a real good pitch. Instantly, I thought, ‘Wow, this is intriguing. It’s interesting.’” He added: “If I knew what I know now, I would have taken my little investment and went to Vegas and just put it on red or black.”

The Fox affiliate raised serious questions about the failure of Florida and Federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to stop this fraud and prevent more investors from being duped.

“This was an incredible investigative piece exposing a scam that is, unbelievably, still targeting new victims,” said Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm. “I applaud Channel 7 News for taking action while investigators and prosecutors sit idly by. It remains unanswered why the FBI, IRS, SEC, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw have all failed to shut down the scheme and arrest the people carrying out the fraud,” Lerman added.

The scheme is designed to trick investors – from wealthy professional football players to elderly pensioners – into pouring their savings into a company that openly declared $22 million in losses to the SEC while only claiming $5,570 in sales. The company has never produced an actual product, despite giving investors tours of a fake South Florida production facility.

The Hawk Systems, Inc. fraud reportedly spans at least 13 states and involves a number of affiliated companies including Hawk Biometric Technologies, Inc., Hawk Biometrics of Canada, Inc., Auto Secure, Inc., Auto Secure USA, Inc., Secure Start USA, LLC and Fist Enterprises, LLC.

If you are an investor in one or more of the above-mentioned companies and wish to provide information to assist the Lerman Law Firm in its investigation of these companies, please contact Cathy Lerman at or (954) 332-1143.


Channel 7 Miami Exposes Hawk Biometric Fraud Against Our Clients and Many Others

Our Firm commends clients, Bryant McFadden, Alex Barron and Greg Jones, for their excellent interview with Channel 7 Miami news, concerning the Hawk Biometric Fraud headquartered in Palm Beach County. Our clients were all victims of the fraud and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. But they spoke out not just because of their losses but on behalf of those who have no voice-the elderly who lost their life savings, single mothers who invested everything and now have nothing, and other Hawk victims who are afraid to come forward.

We also want to refute the statement by David Coriaty, one of the Hawk perpetrators, that no one has ever found that the Hawk scheme violated any laws or was wrongful. A member of the Financial Crimes Unit for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office wrote a police report, after reviewing the evidence, that Hawk Biometric was an “organized scheme to defraud" under Florida criminal law. See PBSO Case No. 13021832. We agree with that assessment.

We also want to know why, as Coriaty pointed out, no one has ever been indicted or convicted for this scheme which resulted in hundreds of people losing millions of dollars in a company that never even produced a product. Law Enforcement and Regulatory Agencies as well as Prosecutors should be investigated for potential public corruption charges for their failure to seek justice for these victims.

Rare Disease Patient Candace Lerman Calls for Clinical Trials on Off-Label Treatments; Launches ITP Patient Driven Research Initiative

Following recent reports exposing prominent issues with generic drugs, attorney and rare disease patient Candace Lerman is highlighting the need for safety and efficacy testing surrounding off-label treatments. Lerman is calling on pharmaceutical companies to run clinical trials surrounding their products’ use on rare disease patients, and personally launching the ITP Patient Driven Research Initiative to address this issue.


Attorney and rare disease patient Candace Lerman is sounding the alarm on the potential risks associated with doctors prescribing generic drugs to patients for off-label use when the brand name product has not yet undergone a clinical trial. 

Lerman has Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP), a rare blood disorder where the body destroys platelets, leaving her at risk for potentially fatal internal bleeding. In 2014, she worked with her doctor to repurpose Rituxan, a monoclonal antibody which is FDA approved to treat Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The off-label treatment resulted in a remission period of over four years with a normal platelet count. However, Lerman recently discovered her ITP is out of remission, and now with biosimilars flooding the market, she is concerned about the potential, unknown side effects of using these types of products.

Like Lerman, more than 30 million Americans are impacted by one of over 7,000 rare diseases, but less than 5% of those conditions have an FDA-approved treatment. Patients with rare conditions commonly repurpose existing drugs to manage the symptoms of their diseases, but little is known about potential risks from these therapies. 

In light of recent news highlighting problems with the production and importing of generic drugs, Lerman is stressing the need for pharmaceutical companies to work with rare disease patients to put their products through clinical trials. “Safety and efficacy data is needed before generics can be used on rare disease populations,” she says. Contamination, poor manufacturing processes, and counterfeit drugs pose an extreme risk to rare disease patients, who have been underserved for decades. 

“Recent stories highlighting the issues surrounding generic drugs has caused me to think twice about my treatment options for ITP,” said Lerman. “While affordable drugs are extremely important, I am not willing to risk my life by using a generic drug or biosimilar where the branded medication has not been vetted by the Food and Drug Administration for my condition.” 

To address the need for better ITP research, Lerman is launching the ITP Patient Driven Research Initiative, with the goal of establishing clinical diversity criteria to create better targets for drug development. 

“While the ITP community has celebrated the approval of three drugs for our condition, many patients are still struggling to access effective treatments,” Lerman added. “The ITP Patient Driven Research Initiative is being led by a patient, for patients, to finally address the unmet need of stopping immune-led destruction of platelets.” 

Lerman continued: “I look forward to working with patients, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, and legislators to improve outcomes for the ITP community.” 

The ITP Patient Driven Research Initiative can be found on Facebook at

A Big Win for Florida Medicinal Cannabis

This week, the Florida House sent a bill to Governor DeSantis’ desk, finally allowing patients to smoke medical marijuana. The will of the voters was heard and acted upon!

Thank you to all of the advocates and elected representatives who took the time to listen to patients and physicians who realize that the smoking ban was impeding on patients’ rights. Smoking cannabis has numerous benefits for a variety of patients, and should not be limited by an archaic bias against marijuana.

In addition, patients may now purchase every 35 days up to 2.5 ounces of whole flower cannabis. Another huge victory for Florida residents battling debilitating health issues such as cancer, chronic pain, PTSD, ALS, and Fibromyalgia.

We look forward to assisting out clients with this change in the law.

Rare Disease Day 2019

I had the honor of spending part of Rare Disease Day 2019 on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers about the issues surrounding medical treatment and research for over 30 million Americans with rare diseases. Congressman Gus Bilirakis and I sat down to record a message marking the occasion. Our Gators vs Seminoles rivalry continues, but we are working together to increase the amount of treatments for over 7,000 rare diseases. Currently, less than 5% have an FDA-approved drug, leaving tens of millions of Americans suffering.

In 2014, I took matters into my own hands, researching and ultimately repurposing a drug for my rare disease. It is my hope through the OPEN Act, we can work with pharmaceutical companies to run clinical trials on products already on the market, to increase the number of options for my fellow rare patients.

The link to the video Congressman Bilirakis and I filmed:

Trulieve's Court Victory a Win for MMJ Patients in Florida

As a rare disease patient facing chronic pain from Fibromyalgia and Sjögren’s Syndrome, I have a vested interest in Florida’s medical marijuana laws. While I enjoy practicing cannabis law and working with a variety of companies in the space, I am directly impacted too. A recent ruling has pushed the needle forward for greater access to MMJ for patients in the state of Florida.

Trulieve sued in April 2018 over the caps placed on the amount of dispensaries allowed in the state, saying it was ‘unconstitutionally added after-the-fact and that such restrictive caps were never contemplated during the application and selection process.’ A judge ruled in their favor, saying that the legislature, “used language that was different from what voters approved, effectively ignoring voters' instructions.” Finally, someone who say what we have been advocating for since this law was written!

I often hear from patients that they have to travel some distance to obtain their medical marijuana products, creating a hurdle that can be extremely difficult given their condition. For MMJ patients with mobility- limiting conditions such as ALS or Muscular Dystrophy, long trips just to pick up medication can be a challenge. I am hopeful that Trulieve’s victory will alleviate this burden for patients all over the state. Particularly for those in rural areas, who already face overwhelming healthcare disparities.

We still have a ways to go in bringing access to all patients in Florida, so let’s keep pushing.


After having read the half-ass investigative report by the Broward School Board investigative unit and the Coward of Broward Scott Peterson, I would like to ask Sheriff Gregory Tony to re-open the investigation into Medina’s lewd conduct toward underage female students and MSD. I did some research into potential charges against him and I think a case can be made for prosecution under Florida Statute Section 800.101 which would be a second degree felony.

I think the case should be reopened and BSO should investigate whether other students were solicited by Medina. I do not believe anyone actually made an attempt to find all of his victims and I hope that students and/or graduates will come forward and tell the authorities exactly what Medina did at MSD. Anyone who has information on Medina and needs assistance should feel free to contact our law firm and we are happy to help you on a pro bono basis get to the right people to tell your story.

We owe it to the MSD community to right this wrong and hold this man accountable. We also owe it to all of his victims, including the late Meadow Pollack. It makes me furious that he was given a 3 day suspension for his heinous conduct in harassing these female students. The words he used, the comments he made and the solicitation of these underage females were all lewd. His ridiculous treatment/punishment is all part of what spawned the #MeToo movement.

I want to ask my sisters in Broward County and throughout the United States to stand with us in asking Sheriff Tony to reopen Medina's investigation and permit other potential victims to come forward. These victims deserve justice and if Medina is guilty he needs to be taken off the street so he cannot prey upon anymore underage girls.

What the State Wide Grand Jury Investigation Means For Our Community and BCSB

We have received numerous inquiries for an explanation of exactly what the state wide grand jury investigation of various Florida School Boards, including Broward County, means. Governor DeSantis has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury.

The issues to be addressed are:

Whether refusal or failure to follow the mandates of school-related safety laws, such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, results in unnecessary and avoidable risk to students across the state;

Whether public entities committed – and continue to commit – fraud and deceit by accepting state funds conditioned on implementation of certain safety measures while knowingly failing to act;

Whether school officials committed – and continue to commit – fraud and deceit by mismanaging, failing to use, and diverting funds from multi-million-dollar bonds specifically solicited for school safety initiatives; and

Whether school officials violated – and continue to violate – state law by systematically underreporting incidents of criminal activity to the Florida Department of Education.

It is important to note that the grand jury is being convened pursuant to Florida Statute Section 905.34 which is a CRIMINAL STATUTE. The grand jury will have subpoena powers and may make findings and recommendations for criminal prosecution of School Board Members in the various jurisdictions which are targeted for investigation.

This is great news for all of us in Broward County. I have found the grand jury process to be very effective in ferreting out crime and very tough on the criminals, particularly in public corruption matters. God’s Speed to all those involved. We hope the family of all of those affected by the Parkland massacre will feel a sense of comfort that FINALLY someone is going to analyze the School Board’s activities and hold them accountable. We hope the Broward Superintendent and all of the corrupt School Board members and officials are indicted through this process.

What February 14th Means To US

February 14th is generally a celebration of love and happiness. But our Firm has decided to close our offices that day and spend the day reflecting on the MSD massacre. We cannot find it in ourselves to celebrate a day of love when so many are hurting in our community. We do not judge anyone who does celebrate. We just want the families and victims, students and teachers to know that we stand with them, for them and against anyone who would dare desecrate this day.

There is no joy in the loss of beautiful, talented, loving family members from MSD. We understand that. And after February 14th, we intend to get back to the business of attacking those who facilitated this disgusting tragedy. That includes the shooter AND SO MANY MORE. But for one day, we will praise God’s goodness in sending us 17 angels who brought light to the life of so many and whose lives were cut short.

So to our Broward community, we pray for peace, justice, serenity and truth. And we acknowledge the outpouring of love from our community to the Parkland victims, and we pray that you may receive “the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding.”

I think our whole community needs that, our state needs that, and our nation needs that. I do not believe this will be the last school shooting and indeed others have followed. But I do believe that the families of those 17 angels hold the key to our future and that their insight is invaluable to saving our country and children. I pray for all of them everyday and so should you. Our future depends on it. May the MSD victims all rest in peace. May God in his Glory Be Shone Through Those Who Work To Bless And Protect Our Community.

There's a New Sheriff In Town! Thank God and Governor Ron DeSantis.

Former Coral Springs Police Sergeant Greg Tony is now the interim BSO Sheriff replacing disgraced former Sheriff Scott “I am awesome” Israel. This is a huge step forward to start cleaning up Corruption County and it just shows how fortunate we are to have Ron DeSantis as our new governor. He is not afraid to make a decision and he wants to do the right thing for the people of Broward. How awesome is that!

But this Blog Post is not to discuss Tony or DeSantis. It is directed to the residents of Broward County. We all became too complacent with our government, our law enforcement, our School Board and our political leaders. Much of what came out in the MSD report about the corruption, incompetence, lack of accountability, indifference and illegal conduct of multiple Broward public agencies was already known-and ignored.

The MSD tragedy is partly the result of public apathy by Broward residents who have not demanded accountability and transparency by their leaders in the public sector. Now that there is a new Sheriff in town-the residents of Broward County need a new attitude as well. We need to become more vigilant in watching and observing what is going on in our community. We need to speak up when we see something that is wrong and we need to support those who are in the public sector who are whistleblowers and report wrongdoing AND MAKE PUBLIC OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE AT ALL LEVELS..

We need to support our teachers and get them out of the Broward Teacher’s Union and eliminate that entity all together. We need to support Greg Tony as he cleans up BSO and support him as he dismantles the Fort Lauderdale Police Department Retirement Club within BSO that Israel created. We need to support the people who are trying to remove Brenda Snipes and keep her from controlling the results of our elections any longer. We need to encourage AND INSIST that prosecutors and law enforcement investigate, prosecute and PUT IN JAIL every single person in every single agency who was a part of and contributed to the MSD massacre or who is using their public office or position for corrupt and/or illegal purposes like Snipes., Israel and Runcie. We need to insist that every public official/employee who is incompetent be terminated-not permitted to resign. Broward residents, we need to become activists to protect our children, their future and the future of our community.

From this day forward we all need to get involved, talk to each other, raise issues, be vigilant and DISBAND CORRUPTION COUNTY. We now have a great governor who will support us, a Sheriff who is ethical, knowledgeable and fearless and we are slowly getting rid of the rest of the trash that has accumulated in the highest levels of all sectors of our county government.

SO IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. That phrase was useless previously but it is now very relevant. And a special message to my brothers and sisters of the Florida Bar who are Broward residents, we are in a unique position to facilitate the exposure of public corruption. We have a duty to assist law enforcement and prosecutors by aiding whistleblowers and others who come forward with information about corruption in our County. It is time for all of us to stand together and offer our help to anyone who needs it to stop corruption. We may have been the most complacent of all. Now our voices must be heard and we must protect our community.

Our law firm will continue to work with law enforcement on public corruption matters wherever they occur. We are committed to advocacy and action against those who would use their position for personal gain or to the detriment of our residents.

To all the MSD victims and their families, we know that nothing that anyone does at this point will ever change the agony, loss, and horror you have been through and will continue to feel. You have paid a great price for the corruption, incompetence and lack of accountability of our public officials. But there is a new Sheriff in Town and soon there will be a new School Board Superintendent and a new Supervisor of Elections. All of us who grieve with you and for you will continue to be advocates of change and accountability so that this kind of senseless tragedy never happens again and those 17 angels did not die in vain.

May God bless all of you, our community, Sheriff Greg Tony, Governor Ron DeSantis and everyone who is diligently working to clean up Broward County including Andy Pollack and Ryan Petty. Together we can change our community and eliminate Corruption County. All the best, Cathy

Congress Already Moving on Marijuana Legislation

Members of the 116th Congress were sworn in today, and a few wasted no time introducing a bill for medical marijuana reform.

Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) re-introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act. The bill aims to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies and permit doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans to treat serious and chronic conditions. It does not address the issue of federal legalization, but embraces the seemingly popular idea on the Hill that states should create their own marijuana policy.

It will be interesting to see how many members cosign onto the bill. With pressure mounting to reschedule cannabis, this bill does not go far enough for most advocates. Still, it is a solid start in the push for better research involving cannabis. There are huge opportunities on the horizon for hemp and marijuana companies looking to create products for patients with chronic diseases and serious ailments.

CBD in the New Year

Since the passage of the farm bill and more states embracing sensible cannabis policy, CBD has been a central topic of discussion for the media, health care providers, and consumers. Products focused around the multiple benefits of CBD will continue to flood the market, so what makes a particular brand more successful?

The key will be engagement with the consumer base. A simple online search results in thousands of products addressing common ailments such as dry skin or chapped lips. So how does a consumer, or rather a patient, know what product to try? It all comes down to savvy marketing and word of mouth. I have purchased some brilliant CBD products to address the side effects from an autoimmune disease that was recommended to me by a friend. Since then, I have shared these products with my network. Companies producing CBD products will be relying on these types of marketing tactics this year as more competition enters the market.

I’m skeptical of celebrity endorsements, despite their initial pizazz, may backfire for brands seeking to truly define themselves as providing an effective quality product. There will be plenty of companies jumping on the CBD bandwagon, but few will truly distinguish themselves by unlocking the holistic qualities of CBD to benefit patients inflicted with a variety of illnesses.

As both an attorney and rare disease patient, I am anxiously monitoring CBD product lines to see who will create the next product to improve my quality of life. I believe 2019 will be the year that CBD is found in most Americans’ medicine cabinets.

Hemp Legalization is on the Horizon

With a lame duck Congress looking to finish strong at the end of 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made headlines last week when he said he wants Hemp legalized before the end of the year. With his home state of Kentucky set to benefit from this shift in policy, McConnell is pushing forward.

What does this mean for those in the Cannabis industry? Expect a boom in Hemp based merchandise, particularly clothing and health products touting the benefits of CBD. One area of opportunity for many companies will be CBD pet products, especially creams, shampoos, and dietary supplements that address anxiety and skin allergies.

So how can your company take advantage of Hemp? Depending on your industry, you have a variety of options. Our firm is dedicated to assisting businesses looking to develops brands centered around Hemp based products. From establishing corporations to bringing products to market, if you’re interested in Hemp, now is the time to act.

2019 is shaping up to be a huge year for Hemp and Cannabis based products. It is crucial to begin planning for your business needs now to guarantee success.

Lerman Law Firm Announces Expanded Investigation of Potential Misconduct, Fraud and Corruption During August and November 2018 Broward County Elections

November 13, 2018 09:00 ET | Source: Lerman Law Firm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) today announced that it has expanded its public corruption investigation of the office of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections (“SOE”), the Broward County Canvassing Board, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and certain private individuals who may be assisting these agencies in potential fraud, misconduct, corruption, bribes, and ballot fraud arising from both the Broward County Elections held in August and November of 2018.

“There is not enough room in a press release to delineate all of the types of fraudulent, criminal, incompetent and illegal conduct that has been witnessed and reported concerning both the August and November elections in Broward County. Please visit our blog for more details on the types of irregularities and discrepancies, as well as old-fashioned corruption, that have been reported this year in these two elections in Broward County” said Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm. “This is, of course, not to mention the illegal destruction of ballots by SOE that occurred in 2016 and the reported use of ‘ballot mules’ in 2011 and 2012 to skew the results of those elections.”

“We are expanding and extending our investigation to other Broward county public agencies and officials based upon information obtained from whistleblowers about the conduct of these agencies and certain individuals. Rest assured, our law firm is committed to bringing the truth to light and to exposing the atrocious conduct of various corrupt public officials. This is not a political issue. We are not acting as Republicans, Democrats or Independents. We are simply Americans committed to electoral integrity, transparency and ensuring the constitutional right of citizens to cast their votes with the utmost confidence that they will be correctly reported and counted.”

“The excuses by officials who hide behind claims of incompetence or mistakes will no longer work. Threats by lawyers for these officials to stop whistleblowers from coming forward to expose this election fraud will not work anymore. There is a well-planned, orchestrated, and executed systemic scheme to control the election process and the outcomes of all elections in Broward County by certain corrupt politicians, public officials and private individuals. It has been going on for more than a decade, and I and many other Broward voters, have had enough. It is now time to start putting people in jail, firing everyone who is assisting or is complacent in these schemes and giving back control of the election process in Broward County to the voters.”

“We applaud Attorney General Pam Bondi for calling for a criminal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the Broward elections. Attorney General Bondi has indicated that she believes it is warranted by the conduct of SOE. We encourage Attorney General Bondi to direct that this investigation include all employees of SOE, the Canvassing Board, as well as their contractors, attorneys and vendors. We believe that this is a long-standing organized scheme to defraud the voters of Broward County, carried out by a well-organized team of corrupt individuals in both the public and private sector. We also urge Attorney General Bondi to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s (“BSO”) procurement of absentee ballots from inmates in the BSO jails.” 

“We want to thank all of the whistleblowers who have come forward to assist us in this investigation and to encourage whistleblowers who know the truth about how these schemes are being executed to come forward and provide the information necessary to indict and convict everyone involved in this perpetual election fraud, which is rampant in Broward County.”

If you wish to provide information to assist us in our investigation or are a potential whistleblower, please contact Cathy Lerman via email at or by telephone at (954) 332-1143. Please visit our blog for more detailed information on what we have learned to date in our investigation.


In September of this year, our law firm announced a public corruption investigation of the events surrounding the election held in August of 2018 in Broward County. Since that time, we have received information about the activities of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office (“SOE”) and other agencies and individuals. Because of the discrepancies and irregularities that have occurred with the November election, we have expanded our investigation to include that election as well.


The issue of election fraud and corruption in Broward County is not new. In 2011 and 2012, it was alleged that politicians were using ballot “mules” to skew voting results. It was the Broward County Mayor who sounded the alarm about these mules in 2012. However, nothing was done.

Then in 2016, Tim Canova, a candidate for the congressional seat held by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, lost and demanded access to certain original voting ballots. After intense litigation, Canova learned that the ballots he was seeking had been illegally destroyed by SOE months earlier. A judge ruled in his favor on that issue and essentially found that Brenda Snipes, head of SOE, had illegally signed off on the destruction of the ballots, which is a felony. Nothing has ever been done to Snipes for this violation of law. WHO IS PROTECTING BRENDA SNIPES AND HER CO-CONSPIRATORS?

Now it is 2018. Two elections in a matter of months have produced a host of problems with the integrity of the electoral process in Broward. It has also raised other issues about public officials trying to influence the voter base and results.

We feel it is important that Broward voters know some of the things we have been told by whistleblowers. To say it is disturbing is an understatement. But we want Broward voters to become activists for change and to stop the corruption of public officials and push for accountability. So we are sharing some of the information provided to us by whistleblowers as examples of how bad things really are in Broward and how some politicians and law enforcement agencies seems to be turning their head the other way to this corruption which has gone on for years.


  1. The West Broward Democratic Club held an event in Sunrise in August of 2018. They passed out a list of “Featured Honored Guests.” Included among those guests were Laurie Rich Levinson and Donna Korn who were running for the School Board which is supposed to be a non-partisan race. Levinson and Korn were listed at the end of a long list of Democratic politicians who were running for partisan positions in the same election.

  2. In both August and November, after the polls closed, thousands of ballots were “discovered” by SOE. No reasonable explanation has ever been given for what appears to be a “habit” of SOE of finding more ballots after voting has closed. Most of the supervisors at SOE have been there more than a decade. They can’t possibly be that incompetent so one must conclude this is a deliberate attempt to influence the results of various races after the fact.

  3. Voters show up at the polls to vote and are told that they have already voted when they haven’t.

  4. Voters moved out of state months ago. They registered in their new state. They voted in their new state. They happened to check the SOE website and found that they are shown as having voted in Broward in the last two elections, which they did not.

  5. Mail in ballots are supposedly returned to the SOE and marked “undeliverable” however, the voter received their mail-in ballot, voted and mailed it back.

  6. For the November election, part time workers were hired to open mail in ballots. They were paid $10 an hour. They first were going to open the ballots at the printer’s office who prints the ballots for SOE. Then the first day of the process, the location for opening the ballots was moved to the SOE office in Lauderhill. Supposedly workers were selected by word of mouth referral. No idea if a background check was run or any other vetting process occurred for these workers.

  7. Voters completed mail in ballots and mailed them in. They do not show up on the SOE website as having voted.

  8. Voters made mistakes on ballots and were told by SOE reps at the polls to cross it out and make the change and the ballot would still count. Voters have checked and the SOE website either shows no ballot was cast or that it was “provisional.”

  9. BSO had civil rights lawyers come in this week to talk to prisoners who did not receive absentee ballots so that the lawyers could file civil rights complaints. Absentee ballots for some inmates showed up this week at the jail after voting was closed. No explanation as to why. No idea if the prisoners had requested them. No idea if some of the prisoners who received the late absentee ballots were already convicted felons.

  10. Over 20,000 voters had problems with their mail in ballots for the November election.

  11. Voter voted early via mail. Voter received notice that vote was not counted due to signature mismatch. Voter went to their voting station and was told to disregard the notice because SOE had changed their mind.

  12. Voter goes on SOE website and sees that it says they voted-but they didn’t.

  13. Several precincts had workers handing out “cheat sheets” of who to vote for on election day.

  14. Voters say that their ballot did not contain the name of some candidates or some races at all.

  15. Voters who are registered Republicans are given Democratic ballots and told they will have to contact SOE after the election to change it.

  16. Some polls were inaccessible by voters on election day.

  17. Some polls were closed during voting hours when voters went to vote on election day.

  18. SOE claims some ballots were kicked out by machines so they duplicated the ballots themselves and ran them through the machine again. What happened to the first ballots? Were they kept? Did anyone audit these “duplicate” ballots?

  19. Voting is closed yet SOE Snipes does not know how many ballots are left to count and does not disclose why ballots are still left to count.

  20. Is it unknown whether felons or dead people voted in August or November but we are looking into that. That has happened in other elections.

    Yet after all of this FDLE says there is no “credible allegations of fraud” in the voting process. Well then what is all this evidence of? Broward County voters have lost control of their own election process. This must stop.


    Our law firm will continue to investigate the irregularities and discrepancies surrounding the voting process in Broward County. We encourage witnesses and whistleblowers with information on these activities to contact Cathy Lerman via email at or via phone at 954-332-1143.

Cannabis On The Ballot

Tomorrow is a big day for the Cannabis industry as voters in four states head to the polls. North Dakota and Michigan have full legalization on the ballot, while Utah and Missouri will consider medical marijuana.

The Trump administration was seeking public comment on marijuana reform, and we can expect to hear about a potential shift in federal policy before Spring. We remain optimistic that President Trump will stick to his word and remove Marijuana as a Schedule I drug.

For now, a federal overhaul on cannabis will likely follow the path of Right To Try. Numerous states took the initiative to pass their own versions of what is now federal law. It is looking like marijuana will have to start with a majority of the states approving some sort of program- whether it be medical or full legalization, before Congress will act.

The results of tomorrow’s election should give us some clues into future marijuana legislation on the horizon in 2019.


The Lerman Law Firm was delighted to be invited by Scripps Research Institute in West Palm Beach to attend their annual Research Fest. The Lerman Law Firm sponsored the Poster competition for Research Fest and the winning students will be announced this week.

It was an honor to be among such talented students and faculty and learn first hand the amazing things that Scripps is doing to create cures for many rare diseases and many common ones. Our community is truly blessed to have such a talented group of people in our backyard. We were just so impressed with the level of talent and dedication exhibited by the Scripps community and we look forward to a long-last relationship with them.

We will post the press release later this week with the names of the winners of the Poster Contest we sponsored. What a rewarding experience!!!


the Lerman Law Firm yesterday filed Consumer Protection Complaints against an online seller in Stratford, Connecticut with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Florida and the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Connecticut for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, False Advertising and Bait and Switch.

We have asked that the Attorney Generals of these two states investigate the for their. practices related to the sale, shipping, return and refund of their products. While the Terms and Conditions on the website state that consumers should inspect the contents of items they purchase from before signing the bill of lading, in fact, is aware that its shippers may refuse to allow the consumer to inspect the goods before accepting them. Here is an actual email from a Customer Service Representative at

“The manufacturer has advised that if there is any visible damages to go ahead and refused the shipment. If there not any visible damages then you can accept the shipment and open everything up and inspect it after but the shipping company will not wait around for the you to open up everything and inspect it. The best advice I can offer is to write “Possible Damage” when signing and then, let me know as soon as you can if there is any damage.”

Consumers should also be aware that the Ts and Cs of state that “when you sign for a package, you are signing a document transferring ownership to you; that states you have inspected the shipment and that it is in good condition.” In other words, a customer of is forced to sign the bill of lading without inspecting the contents of the package and when the customer signs that bill of lading they are literally stuck with the purchase of that product under the Ts and Cs of Even though the Ts and Cs also state that “As with all deliveries, please thoroughly inspect the contents of all packages for damages before signing for the delivery.” website- Freight Carrier

If a customer of tries to ask for a refund or return an item because they are not permitted to inspect it before signing the bill of lading then they are threatened with storage fees, shipping charges to and from, a restocking fee and any other fee they can come up with. It should be noted that advertises “free shipping” and “easy returns.”

The customer service representatives of will tell you before you purchase an item that “you have the right to inspect your package for damage.” This is in an actual email from a customer service representative. However, that statement is false and is said to you so you will make the purchase and after the purchase and right before the item is delivered you will be told that you can’t inspect the item before accepting it and you have to sign the bill of lading first as in the email above.

Aggrieved Consumers are advised to contact the Consumer Protection division of their State Attorney General for assistance with consumer complaints.

Growing Your Cannabis Business in a Regulatory Firestorm

Until cannabis is legalized at the federal level, companies working with marijuana-based products will continue to face regulatory burdens that make conducting business rather difficult. Every week, I hear of a new hurdle for patients and companies, these roadblocks leave cannabis businesses at risk for regulatory action.

A strong business strategy for those producing, selling, promoting, and providing cannabis, whether it is recreational or medicinal, is to get involved with state legislators who are creating business guidelines. Far too often, companies wait until proposed rules are up for a vote to get involved. This leads not only to a significant amount of stress and last minute scrambling, but the fall out from burdensome regulations can kill cannabis businesses all together. If your company doesn’t have someone paying attention to your state’s legislative and administrative actions of cannabis regulation, you have a major problem.

It is important to protect your intellectual property, have properly executed contracts, put plans in place to protect patient data, and form a solid business plan. However, this means little if these contracts, agreements, and plans are not being reviewed by an attorney who understands the complexities of state regulatory actions and legislation on the horizon. Your business should be able to adapt to the ever evolving world of cannabis, and so should your legal counsel.

Is Kratom The New Marijuana?

While the war against opioids rages on, chronic pain patients are struggling to find a suitable alternative to manage their condition. As a chronic pain sufferer myself, I am always concerned about any action taken by state governments and the FDA to limit access to medication. 

Kratom is a tree from Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that have psychotropic effects. Two compounds in kratom leaves, mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxymitragynine, interact with opioid receptors in the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain, especially when users consume large amounts of the plant. The FDA has identified Kratom as an opioid like substance with similar properties, creating a wave of regulatory actions that impact both industry and patients.

Some states are banning Kratom by classifying it as a Schedule I controlled substance, like in Ohio. Unfortunately, it may be years or even decades before enough research is conducted to prove the medical benefits of Kratom for chronic pain. Ideally, the FDA would hear the patient voice about the potential clinical benefits and investigate further. Unfortunately, as we have seen with cannabis, this is not the case.

Actions to ban Kratom and limit research initiatives hurts patients. Congress passed major opioid legislation this week that was signed into law, again showing that our government knows we desperately need to do something about the opioid crisis in our country. Limiting access to alternatives like Marijuana and Kratom is counter productive. Instead, we should be actively researching the medicinal benefits to help pain patients. They do not deserve to suffer and have their medication taken from them.

Until the FDA recognizes the potential benefits, Kratom will end up in the same battle as marijuana.