Say what you will about Kevin Burns, but one thing is perfectly clear. Not only did he outsmart the Florida Elections Commission, but he also outsmarted CRIMINAL lawyer, and legend in his own mind, Benedict P. Kuehne.
Let me explain.
As we all know by now, Florida statutes regarding Campaign Treasurer’s Reports are toothless laws with which politicial candidates are not required to comply. These statutes are completely unenforceable. They are a joke.
The same Florida Elections Commission that slapped Kevin Burns with a laughable fine of $5,000.00 in lieu of his reporting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations and expenditures, also just fined North Miami Beach EX-Mayor/CONVICTED FELON Myron Rosner the sum of $3,000.00 for falsely reporting campaign donations and expenditures when he unsuccessfully ran for re-election in 2011.
In the Consent Orders issued by the Commission at its quarterly meeting last month, it was agreed that Myron would pay civil penalties totaling $3,000.00 for his violations of campaign finance fraud. Myron’s CRIMINAL attorney, Ben Kuehne paid these fines out of his firm’s trust account, per the attached exhibit.
Like it did with Kevin Burns, the Commission thanked Myron “for the cooperative manner in which this case was resolved.”
Of course, it only took Myron five years to “cooperate.” When the Commission finally had enough of Ben Kuehne’s infamous delaying tactics, though, Myron had no choice but to “resolve” the case.
Since Myron doesn’t have a cooperative bone in his entire body, it probably killed him to have to admit defeat and part with his money.
The issuance of these Consent Orders was the culmination, albeit an anticlimactic one, of a years-long process stemming from a Complaint filed April 11, 2011, and an Amended Complaint filed April 19, 2011. The Commission’s initial investigation ultimately led to Myron’s eventual arrest and conviction for unlawful compensation, grand theft 3rd degree and campaign finance fraud.
But, because he’s married to CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL, Myron got away with a minimum sentence of probation instead of up to fifteen years in prison.
While Myron’s paltry civil fines and criminal sentence were not even close to the justice he deserved, we can all take comfort in the fact that he most likely spent a small fortune on legal fees. Ben Kuehne’s services do not come cheap.
Here’s the real kicker, though.
Myron’s legal and criminal troubles all started because he reported me to Code Enforcement when I publicly, and rightfully, criticized his actions as an elected official.
In response to his vindictiveness, I scoured through his Campaign Treasurer’s Reports looking for something – anything – that I might be able to use against him. It was a pure fishing expedition on my part and nothing more.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered his fraudulent reporting and his outright theft of bus bench advertising from a city vendor! I then filed the complaints with the Florida Elections Commission, and the rest is history.
As we recently discovered, there is no legal requirement to file Campaign Treasurer’s Reports. If Myron had been aware of this “technicality,” he probably wouldn’t have filed any reports at all. At worst, he would have had to pay a token fine. Plus, he would have been able to keep all that free bus bench advertising. He might have even won the election. (Scary thought!)
Ironically, because Myron complied with campaign laws that were unenforceable, he ended up getting caught for breaking laws that landed him in handcuffs.
Knowing Myron, he’s probably trying to figure out if there’s someone he could sue for his own stupidity.
Yes, he is that much of a loser!
“Spreading the Wealth”