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 clerman@lermanfirm.com 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.

LERMAN LAW FIRM EXPANDS INVESTIGATION OF ELECTION FRAUD AND CORRUPTION BY BROWARD OFFICIALS

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 VOTERS OF BROWARD COUNTY NEED TO SPEAK UP AND DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY AND CHANGE

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.

EXAMPLES OF BALLOT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION::

  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.

    WE APPLAUD ATTORNEY GENERAL PAM BONDI FOR CALLING FOR A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF BOTH BROWARD AND PALM BEACH SOES. WE ENCOURAGE ATTORNEY GENERAL BONDI TO ENSURE THAT THIS INVESTIGATION INCLUDES THE SOE EMPLOYEES, CANVASSING BOARDS, AND THEIR ATTORNEYS, CONTRACTORS AND VENDORS AS WELL AS PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PART OF THIS ORGANIZED SCHEME TO DEFRAUD FLORIDA VOTERS. THESE PEOPLE NEED TO BE INDICTED, CONVICTED AND IMPRISONED FOR THEIR CRIMES. NO MORE EXCUSES!

    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 clerman@lermanfirm.com 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.

LERMAN LAW FIRM ATTENDS RESEARCH FEST AT SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN PALM BEACH

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!!!

LERMAN LAW FIRM ISSUES CONSUMER PROTECTION WARNING ON WWW.KITCHENSOURCE.COM

the Lerman Law Firm yesterday filed Consumer Protection Complaints against www.kitchensource.com 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 www.kitchensource.com for their. practices related to the sale, shipping, return and refund of their products. While the Terms and Conditions on the www.kitchensource.com website state that consumers should inspect the contents of items they purchase from www.kitchensource.com. before signing the bill of lading, in fact, www.kitchensource.com 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 www.kitchensource.com:

“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 www.kitchensource.com 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 www.kitchensource.com 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 www.kitchensource.com. 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.” www.kitchensource.com website- Freight Carrier

If a customer of www.kitchensource.com 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 www.kitchensource.com advertises “free shipping” and “easy returns.”

The customer service representatives of www.kitchensource.com 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 www.kitchensource.com 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.

HOW THE 2016 BROWARD COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTION MAY HAVE BEEN RIGGED-LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

Our law firm announced on September 4, 2018 that it had initiated an investigation of potential public corruption by the Superintendent of Elections (“SOE”) and Canvassing Board in the reporting of election results for the August 28th Primary. In our experience, most public corruption cases involve not only political officials but private citizens who facilitate the corruption, act as a go between among the participants, and serve to divert the attention of the public, law enforcement and/or investigators from the actual perpetrators.

Today I want the citizens of Broward County to become a little wiser and a lot more aggressive in protecting the sanctity of their vote, the integrity of the electoral process in Broward, and REQUIRE transparency and accountability by all public officials who affect the voting process and results of all Broward elections. Regardless of whether you are running for Judge, the School Board or the Governor, all candidates should be afforded a level and fair playing field in all Broward elections. And we don’t believe they are. We now know a lot of other Broward residents don’t believe it either. So let’s talk about how the Broward county elections could be rigged, may have been rigged and can be rigged in the future.

The elections could be rigged so that a particular candidate is pre-selected to win an electoral race by using any of the following techniques (all of which are illegal):

  1. The software used by the SOE to record and tabulate the votes could be modified to assure that a certain candidate gets the majority of votes. This would be the easiest way to rig the election and one of the hardest to prove because the software manufacturer claims intellectual property rights to the coding of the software and refuses to allow examination of it on that basis.

  2. Ineligible voters are not removed from the voter registration rolls and therefore felons and dead people are permitted to vote. Well, not really. Someone may create a ballot and complete it on behalf of a dead person. No one really knows if all of the disqualified voters are really removed from the voter registration records routinely in Broward since Brenda Snipes has testified under oath that she knew that they had in past elections. There is supposed to be an ongoing process of elimination of these ineligible voters by SOE but it is also a convenient way to “create” votes for the favored candidate without being obvious (unless, of course, you get caught or you are audited, which doesn’t seem to happen very much).

  3. The old fashioned way. You get some blank ballots and have a good ole’ time filling them in with the votes you want to rig and selecting the candidates you want to win. You can use the name of either absentee or mail in ballot voters who didn’t vote and have no clue what is going on.

  4. You offer votes for sale. Yep that is what I said. You offer to sell votes to candidates who need them. This is quick and efficient. You just need a lot of cash and the personnel to fill out out the purchased ballots and make sure there are no duplicate votes. This is likely to occur when votes are “found” after the fact and voting has closed or absentee and mail in ballots magically appear after the voting and polls are closed.

  5. Another useful and tried and true method is simply destroying ballots you don’t want counted so the selected “candidate” is a guaranteed winner. This is really easy because who knows or even tries to check to see if their ballot was destroyed and not counted, particularly if they mailed it in?

  6. Someone “purchases” the endorsement of heavy hitting political operatives in Broward such as the AFL-CIO, BTU, police and fire unions, influential politicians already in office, etc. This is the least transparent method and most difficult to prove and prosecute because it is really hard to trace a cash bribe. And when you have people who have been handling these types of transactions for years, they know how to make it invisible.

  7. On election day you have polling places that are inaccessible or closed, precluding the voters in that area from voting since on election day you can only vote in your own district.

  8. You remove a candidate’s name from the voting card so no one can vote for them.

  9. You tell voters at the polls on election day that they can’t vote for nonpartisan races because they are a registered Democrat or Republican.

    So my friends, that is a short list of how our elections may be rigged. I am sure there are many other methods we haven’t thought of or that have been brought to our attention.

    The point is that the residents of this County need to get serious about electoral integrity. Enough of the games. Get people in SOE who are responsible, accountable, know the difference between a state and federal election, and do not have a personal or political agenda which they use their position to fulfill. More to come, trust me. Cathy

CNBC's American Greed Spotlights Ponzi Scheme Mastermind Ephren Taylor, Brought to Justice by Lerman Law Firm

The latest episode of CNBC’s American Greed focused on how fraudster Ephren Taylor scammed more than 400 churchgoers out of millions of dollars until he was exposed by Lerman Law firm with assistance from strategic communications firm Red Banyan. Affinity fraud, especially among religious groups, is rampant, but this case proved that it can be stopped and the perpetrators brought to justice through a coordinated litigation and media strategy.

“Ephren Taylor would never have been caught and convicted without a robust legal strategy paired with a savvy media strategy,” said Lerman. “We were honored to partner with Red Banyan. They are a world-class organization and there is nobody better at what they do."

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) September 11, 2018

The downfall of financial scammer Ephren Taylor, triggered in part by the legal and media pressure placed on him by Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) and strategic PR partner Red Banyan, was the focus of this week’s episode of CNBC’s hit show American Greed. Aired on September 10, the episode highlights Taylor’s ruthless scam, which bilked over 400 victims for tens of millions of dollars and ultimately landed him in prison for nearly two decades.

Before his arrest and conviction, Taylor portrayed himself as a socially conscious investor and the youngest African American CEO of a publicly traded company. But his “Building Wealth” tour at churches across the country was just a Ponzi scheme designed to build his personal wealth. The Lerman Law Firm, which represented more than 200 people scammed by Taylor, worked hand-in-hand with Red Banyan, a leading national PR and strategic communications agency, to expose Ephren’s fraudulent behavior and ultimately secure justice for the victims, who were awarded $15.6 million in restitution.

“I want to thank ‘American Greed’ for doing this story, which should be a warning to everyone that if someone is trying to sell you an investment from the pulpit, there is something very wrong,” said Cathy Lerman, Principal of Lerman Law Firm. “Ephren Taylor was a sociopath and master manipulator who used the faith of his targets to steal their life savings.”

Leveraging the power of the press, Red Banyan played a key role in supporting the legal strategy by sparking press interest in Taylor’s Ponzi scheme and unmasking the carefully contrived and false image that he had previously developed. As Red Banyan worked with enterprising investigative reporters to uncover the facts, hundreds of additional victims came forward to provide new information and to join the legal efforts against the perpetrator. Ultimately, the Lerman Law Firm pursued class action lawsuits against Taylor and his cohorts and facilitators with dozens of plaintiffs from nearly all 50 states.

“Ephren Taylor would never have been caught and convicted without a robust legal strategy paired with a savvy media strategy,” said Lerman. “We were honored to partner with Red Banyan. They are a world-class organization and there is nobody better at what they do. Red Banyan expertly managed press outreach to amplify our efforts and alert potential victims before they could fall prey to Taylor and his cynical and heartless scams.”

The Lerman Law Firm remains available to assist victims of similar schemes and affinity frauds, and to counsel religious leaders on methods for curtailing this type of fraud.

About the Lerman Law Firm

The Lerman Law Firm, provides legal services in a variety of diverse business and legal matters to individuals, companies, and business owners/entrepreneurs. The firm is committed to providing its clients with aggressive, ethical and cost-effective legal services backed by over 30 years of legal experience. The Lerman Law Firm website may be found at http://www.lermanfirm.com.

About Red Banyan

Red Banyan is a top public relations agency with clients across the country and internationally. With offices in Florida, Washington, D.C. and Texas, Red Banyan combines a substantive understanding of complex issues with the experience and skills needed to execute campaigns that deliver results. Specializing in crisis communications, corporate public relations, government relations, and legal PR, Red Banyan provides an integrated approach to communications rooted in strategy. Learn more at http://www.redbanyan.com, become a fan on the Red Banyan Facebook page and follow the firm on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

EPHREN TAYLOR PONZI SCHEME TO BE FEATURED ON AMERICAN GREED-SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

ATTENTION:  Victims of the Ephren Taylor Ponzi Scheme, American Greed is doing a story on the Ephren Taylor Ponzi Scheme.  It will air Monday, September 10, 2018 at 10 pm Eastern on CNBC.  This will be an in depth look at the scam and the devastation Taylor left behind.  I was honored to be included in the show and I am happy that American Greed is using this story to warn investors about Ponzi Schemes and Affinity Fraud.  Thank you, American Greed!!!

Lerman Law Firm Announces Investigation of Potential Misconduct, Fraud and Corruption during the 2018 Broward County Primary Election

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) today announced it has initiated a public corruption investigation of the office of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections (“SOE”) and the Broward County Canvassing Board for potential fraud, misconduct, corruption, bribes, and illegal voting arising from the Broward County Primary Election held on August 28, 2018.

“It has come to the attention of our firm that multiple instances of irregularities in the voting process occurred on and before August 28 and thereafter,” said Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm. “We believe that the people of Broward County deserve to know the truth about the propriety of this particular election, and certainly the candidates, both winners and losers, need to be assured of the accuracy of the results.

“Our law firm is dedicated to fighting public corruption and fraud at every level, whether it is a private person, a corporation or public officials,” Lerman continued.  “There are a lot of questions being raised by voters about the lack of access to polling facilities, ballots with erroneous or missing information, voters being given erroneous information by SOE staff and not being permitted to vote in certain races. Such conduct cannot and should not ever be tolerated.

“The SOE has a long and tortured history of skirting the election laws and it is time for the people of Broward County to hold everyone accountable who may have participated in election fraud in the August 28 election. I am certain there are people in Broward County who know the truth about the election irregularities that occurred both before, during and after the election on August 28, and we want them to come forward and help our law firm expose and stop this continuing election misconduct,” stated Cathy Lerman.

If you wish to provide information to assist us in our investigation or are a potential whistleblower, please contact Cathy Lerman via email at clerman@lermanfirm.com or by telephone at (954) 332-1143.

Yesterday Was a Sad Day for Broward County, This is A New Day-We March Forward

As I am sure you all know, Dr. Mendelson and Ryan Petty lost the Broward County School Board Race yesterday.  It was a tragic loss, not for them, but for this community.  After losing 17 souls, having many injured and thousands traumatized at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, our voters apparently thought the School District was doing a fine job and voted almost all incumbents back in.  Does that seem strange to you?  Because it does to me. 

It also seems strange that the number of voters in Parkland were barely noticeable.  Of all the people in the world, one would think that the Parkland voters would be out in droves to support their school, their students, their teachers, their community and the 17 families who lost a loved in the Parkland massacre.  I don't believe the people of Parkland don't care.  I don't believe the people in Parkland are that callous.  I believe something is really wrong here.

Now let me address the 17 families directly because I know they are suffering again with this bitter defeat and I cannot imagine their pain and disappointment at what appears to be yet just another slap in the face of people who have lost so much.  DO NOT SEE THIS AS THE AGONY OF DEFEAT.  SEE THIS FOR WHAT IT IS.  THE LOSS OF ONE SCHOOL BOARD RACE.  WE ARE NOT FINISHED, THIS IS NOT DONE AND WE DIDN'T COME THIS FAR TO BACK DOWN NOW. YOUR LOVED ONES DESERVE JUSTICE, THEY DESERVE TO HAVE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATH AND INJURIES HELD ACCOUNTABLE.  WE HAVE TO PURSUE WITH A VENGEANCE THAT PROMISE TO THEM.

I have warned all of you over and over again that there is a mass corruption problem in Broward county in many areas including local police departments.  The School Board, BTU, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Supervisor of Elections, just to name a few, are part of that corruption problem.  It is time for us to take the gloves off and stop being polite. We are dealing with a well organized, long standing corrupt political machine.

There are many things we can do to stop the corruption in this County, hold the people accountable who are responsible for the MSD tragedy and start putting the corrupt politicians  in jail where they belong.  Winning a school board race is meaningless if you are looking at an indictment. That is all I am going to say for now. 

But I want everyone of you who thinks we are defeated to STOP, STEP BACK, AND REGROUP.  We are in it to win it.  It is not a one time and done process and never was.

KEEP THE FAITH.  WE SHALL OVERCOME!  LOVE YOU ALL, CATHY

New Jersey May Move to Full Cannabis Legalization

Exciting news coming from the state legislature in New Jersey this week, after Senate President Steve Sweeney said he may be able to pass legislation to legalize recreational marijuana (New Jersey already has a medicinal cannabis program). 

Politico ran a story highlighting the upcoming challenges for the Jersey legislature, including figuring out the appropriate tax levels to discourage the black market, expunging criminal convictions for marijuana-related offenses, and possibly adding opioid addiction to the list of conditions under the state's medicinal cannabis program. 

It will be interesting to see how the proposed legislation plays out. Sweeney has expressed interest to work with Republicans, who have supported the medicinal but not recreational push. Hopefully, patients in New Jersey will have greater access to cannabis-based products and not be taxed to death for them. The proposed 25% tax rate from Governor Phil Murphy is extreme, and hurts low income patients who may not qualify for the medicinal program. 

Let's hope New Jersey takes the time to do this correctly, it is better to take the time to write great law, than rush and spend years trying to change it. 

RICHARD MENDELSON BCSB CANDIDATE DIST. 6 ENDORSED BY CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FOR FLORIDA DISTRICT 23 TIM CANOVA

IT IS HAPPENING!  OUR COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER-POLITICS ASIDE-TO PROTECT OUR STUDENTS, ELIMINATE CORRUPT POLITICIANS WHO NOW CONTROL THIS COUNTY AND IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF BRIAN WALSH, OWNER OF CORAL SPRINGS' WINGS PLUS: 

MAKE BROWARD GREAT AGAIN!

YESTERDAY TIM CANOVA, CANDIDATE FOR FLORIDA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 23, ENDORSED RICHARD MENDELSON FOR THE BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6 SEAT.  TIM HAS PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND DONE WHAT HE BELIEVES IS THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY. 

THE LERMAN LAW FIRM SALUTES TIM CANOVA FOR HIS INTEGRITY, ETHICS AND DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.  WE PROUDLY SUPPORT TIM AND WILL BE WORKING HARD TO GET HIM ELECTED. TIM AND RICHARD ARE THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. THEY WALK THE TALK.

BROWARD VOTERS-OUR STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY ARE DYING FOR CHANGE-VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS AND REPLACE THEM WITH PEOPLE OF TALENT, INTEGRITY AND THE GUTS TO FIGHT CORRUPTION.

VOTE FOR RICHARD MENDELSON AND TIM CANOVA.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE BROWARD GREAT AGAIN!  THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.

THIS BLOG POST IS IN HONOR OF THE 17 SLAIN PARKLAND VICTIMS AND ALL THOSE WHO WERE INJURED AND TRAUMATIZED BY THE PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING

This day has been set aside to honor the late beautiful and kind, Meadow Pollack, a student who died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School shooting.  Each day for 17 days one of the 17 victims who were killed is being honored.  I wanted to take this opportunity to express to the families of these victims, as well as everyone who was injured or traumatized by this horrible tragedy, that despite all of the evil, incompetence and corruption that has been exposed in this county, good will prevail. Keep the faith!

I believe that, I know that and I want the families and this community to know that. My pastor says we must all be warriors for God. I believe anyone who is working to help expose the corruption, defeat the incumbent, incompetent Broward County School Board members, get Runcie and Israel indicted, expose the enormous corruption which is BTU (Broward Teacher's Union or Bully, Threaten and Undermine) and hold everyone accountable who could have prevented this senseless tragedy but chose not to is a warrior for God. Because this is not about politics, it is about right and wrong and protecting our children and their teachers as well as finally exposing the massive corruption that has plagued our school system for a long time.

I want the teachers in Broward county to stop being afraid to speak.  I want the teachers at MSD to get the professional help they need and deserve.  I want every school in Broward county to be hardened, safe, secure and buttoned up  I want our teachers to get the pay raises they deserve.

I want the families of the Parkland shooting victims who are at the polls talking to voters about the change we need to stop being harassed.  I want the families of all victims to see change happening NOW.  I want the world to see that none of these victims died in vain-that their deaths are the catalyst that will bring about the change and transparency we need in our school system, the removal of all corrupt politicians and public officers, their indictment and  harsh punishment for creating a system that then created a monster.  All of which could have been easily prevented by any of them if they had done their job.

So to all of you are who are fighting the good fight to take back our community from the hands of the corrupt, incompetent and ignorant, I leave you with one final thought and a whole bunch of love:

DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD.  ROMANS 12:28

  WE WILL OVERCOME!  #FIXIT

CNN'S JAKE TAPPER CALLS OUT ATTORNEY/HUSBAND OF LAURIE RICH LEVINSON, DISTRICT 6 BCSB FOR THREATS AGAINST SISTER OF THE LATE AARON FEIS, PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING HERO

Jake Tapper Retweeted Johanna Feis #MSDStrong

Johanna Feis #MSDStrong‏ @FeisJohanna

Today the Husband of Lori Levinson screamed at me,while I was speaking to a voter.He said I am not emotionally stable enough to speak about a candidate because my brother was just murdered!Which his wife could’ve prevented.

Levinson is one of the members of the Broward County School Board facing challengers — more here: https://www.google.com/amp/www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-sb-school-board-candidates-20180813-story,amp.html …

AND NOW THE BACKSTORY:

Neil H. Levinson is a shareholder at the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale and the husband of Laurie Rich Levinson, an incumbent BCSB member.  Levinson is being challenged by Richard Mendelson, an educator and Ph.D..  Mendelson was a long time, close friend of Aaron Feiss, the coach and security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, who was killed while shielding students. Our law firm is honored to represent Johanna Feis and several members of her family.

Johanna was at a public polling place talking to voters and passing out flyers for Mendelson when Levinson started screaming at her.  Levinson's attack on Johanna is both shocking and alarming.  Is this how the husband of a BCSB member acts in public towards his wife's opponent's supporters?  Moreover, is this the way a LAWYER in the state of Florida should be permitted to act at any time?

One only needs to read Florida Chapter 104 to know that it is illegal to interfere with the voting process in the state of Florida.  That interference includes being menacing or threatening, either directly or indirectly towards voters or potential voters.  What would prompt a prominent attorney to risk his bar card and potential arrest to harass, embarrass and attempt to discredit the sister of one of the Parkland shooter's victims?  How sick is that?

Indeed every voter in District 6 of the Broward School District should be asking that question.  Why is Neil Levinson so violatile?  Does his law firm, Becker & Poliakoff, make big bucks from School Board legal service contracts?  Is he worried about his future?  Or is Neil Levinson so concerned about his wife's prior activities as a School Board Member being exposed if she loses that he would stoop to this level to stop her opponent and his supporters?  Why the desperation?

I don't know the answer to these questions.  Yet.  But I hope some really smart reporter or perhaps even a whistleblower will come forward and enlighten us.  Because the one thing I do know is that when it comes to the Broward School Board and its members and executive management, NOTHING is ever as it seems.

I guess it will be interesting to see if Levinson is prosecuted for his conduct by Davie police who were called to the scene.  I think Aaron Feiss would have liked that.  May he rest in peace. 

 

BROWARD RESIDENTS NEED TO STAND UP FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS-VOTE OUT THE SCHOOL BOARD INCUMBENTS

This is not a political message.  Just like I am color blind, I am also apolitical.  I don't care if you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, politics are irrelevant when it comes to school safety AND when it comes to accountability for the Feb. 2018 Parkland massacre.

Because I am color blind, I don't see that School Board leader Runcie is black, just like I don't see that Sheriff Israel is white. I don't care if they both are purple or blue.  I hold them both equally accountable for that fateful day when we lost 17 precious people at MSD and many others were injured.  I also hold ALL of the current School Board members accountable for this tragedy.  Anyone and everyone who could have prevented this tragedy failed.  That has become pretty obvious pretty quickly.

But to make matters worse, Broward schools start again this week and I don't think they are any safer now than they were on February 13, 2018.  In fact, I think they are more dangerous now because it has become crystal clear that there are no security systems (or people) in place that adequately protect our students or teachers STILL.

Israel and Runcie are cut from the same cloth.  They are brothers from another mother.  They both make political decisions to protect themselves and their cronies that adversely impact the very people they are charged with the responsibility of protecting. Runcie and Israel cut deals to "pay back" their supporters with lucrative positions in their organizations and the award of pricey contracts to outside "consultants" who are people who will gladly do their dirty work for them. Both of these men are incompetent, corrupt, unethical and useless. They both need to be fired and then charged with neglect of duty and public corruption.  They reaped the rewards of living on the public payroll while not performing their responsibilities and now it is time for them to pay for that.  They both should be sitting in a cell beside Nikolas Cruz.  They created him.

Then let's talk about the poor Broward teachers.  Represented by BTU (which really stands for Bully, Threaten and Undermine not Broward Teacher's Union), the teachers have received no support from BTU. They have been threatened if they speak out about the atrocities of the School District and School administrators.   The teachers at MSD received no help, counseling or assistance with coping with the MSD shooting.  That is just wrong. But no one at the School District cares. Everyone in executive administration at BTU should also be held accountable and fired.  You can't represent the interest of the teachers in Broward County when you silence them, prohibit any teachers from receiving the help they desperately need, and bully anyone who stands up for them.

I urge the residents of Broward County to vote against any incumbent school board member.  Candidates like Richard Mendelson who actually have the experience and education to make reasoned decisions concerning school safety, safety procedures, personnel changes and a much needed cultural shift away from the priority of political considerations to the priority of hardening our schools and treating our teachers ethically and fairly need to be in office NOW.

 

Lerman Law Firm Expands Nationwide Investor Alert Concerning Financial Fraud Investigation of Hawk Systems, Inc. and Affiliated Companies to include William Baumner IV and Buckman, Buckman, & Reid

August 08, 2018 09:00 ET | Source: Lerman Law Firm:

http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/08/08/1548961/0/en/Lerman-Law-Firm-Expands-Nationwide-Investor-Alert-Concerning-Financial-Fraud-Investigation-of-Hawk-Systems-Inc-and-Hawk-Biometric-Technologies-Inc-and-Affiliated-Companies-to-Inclu.html

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) today is issuing a nationwide Investor Alert warning investors of a potential financial fraud involving their purchase of Hawk Systems, Inc. stock or any of its affiliated companies named herein. The scope of this investigation and investor warning include former investment broker, William Baumner IV, and investment firm, Buckman, Buckman & Reid of Boca Raton.

The Lerman Firm has already gathered information from whistleblowers and victims related to Hawk Biometric Technologies, Inc. and other affiliated companies including Hawk Biometric Technologies, Inc., Hawk Biometrics of Canada, Inc., Fist Enterprises, LLC, Auto Secure, Inc., Auto Secure USA, Inc., and Secure Start USA, LLC as well as individuals including Alan Aronson, a Florida resident.

Investors in Hawk or the other various Hawk-related companies are encouraged to contact the Lerman Law Firm  to aid in the investigation into potential investor fraud involving the Hawk companies and certain investment brokers and firms.  Multiple newspaper articles and op-eds about Hawk allege that the company was a scam designed to trick investors into putting their savings into a company which ultimately declared tens of millions in losses, reportedly distributed investor funds among its leaders, and never even produced a saleable product.

If you are an investor/victim of one or more of the companies listed in this alert, wish to provide information to assist the Lerman Law Firm in its investigation, or are a potential whistleblower, then please contact Cathy Lerman, Esq. at clerman@lermanfirm.com or (954) 332-1143.

Data and Privacy Protection-What Every Business Needs to Know

First, you don't need to know all of the laws on data and privacy protection.  There are too many and they are too complex.  But as a business owner or operator you need to make sure that your business has an ongoing process that protects personally identifiable information and also guards against data breaches. 

If you do business internationally in the EU, you need to comply with GDPR which we have discussed previously.  If you are publicly traded, you need to company with SOX and if you are in healthcare, you need to comply with HIPAA.  These are just examples of some of the major regulations governing privacy protections, not an exhaustive list.

Every business needs to know where its data is located and how to restrict access to it.  Every business should have a data catalog and map that shows where your databases exist, who has access to the various databases, information as to the data they contain, and the level of security applicable to that data.

Any sensitive data should be masked and encrypted to prevent data breaches and unauthorized access. This procedure should be followed for any new databases and the integrity of the system should be tested routinely to assure that the safeguards you have implemented are working.

Compliance audits should be done routinely to verify compliance with your data protection policies. Backups of all data should be created and maintained in case the unthinkable happens.

Make sure your employees understand the importance of data security to the business as well as the customers they serve. One data breach can be all it takes to tank an otherwise successful business.  Plan, assess, monitor and troubleshoot your data protection procedures-the viability of your business may depend on it.