Frantzie Watch: What next? Time travel, too?

Screen_shot_2009-10-09_at_4.42.45_PMBy now we all know that Frantzie likes to fly the friendly skies.

North Miami Beach Councilcritter Frantz Pierre’s wandurlust is nothing new.  I’ve been documenting his taxpayer funded excursions as far back as February of 2011 when I first reported on his trips to Boston, Chicago, Baltimore and Washington DC.

In addition to leaving on jet planes to cities near and far, we also spent $1,302.77 for Frantzie to join the Haitian American Elected Officials Network (HAEON), an organization that counts among its ranks many familiar faces in the Haitian community in South Florida.

This is an organization which lists no events – past, present or future, and hasn’t posted any articles or board meetings since (more…)

Seven Questions for my Readers

Party Central in North Miami Photo: Al Diaz/MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Party Central in North Miami
Photo: Al Diaz/MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Top ranking officials from the government in Haiti, including its president, showed up in North Miami yesterday to hold the “traveling government” town hall meeting in the high school’s auditorium.

Traveling government?  I’m not exactly sure what that means, but after reading the Miami Herald article, Haitian president, prime minister meet diaspora in North Miami, I am so full of questions for which I cannot come up with logical answers.  Maybe some of my readers can help me out here. (more…)

The one with the most toys wins

Dog nappingThe three North Miami mayoral candidates have filed their second Campaign Treasurer’s Reports of the season.  This time around they reported their contributions and expenditures for the period June 21, 2014 to July 4, 2014.  Let’s see what they’ve been up to.

As expected, Dr. Smith Joseph again dipped into his own deep pockets to help finance his campaign.  He made another loan of $30,000.00 on top of the $20,000.00 he previously reported.  Unlike his opponents Kevin Burns and Jean Rodrigue Marcellus, Dr. Joseph has money to burn.  With a successful medical practice, and with no messy legal problems that I could dig up, it certainly appears that he’s managed his business and personal finances very well.  That’s always a good sign in a candidate (more…)

What? Everyone DOESN’T love Lucie?

LucyAs details continue to unfold in the case of conspiracy to commit wire fraud against former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau, it appears that things don’t look too good for the home team.  Although the U.S. Attorney’s press release states that her co-defendant, Karl Oreste, faces a maximum sentence of up to thirty years, the most recently updated Miami Herald article states that “he agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the hope of gaining a more lenient sentence” in the “3- to 5-year range.”

By “cooperate,” of course, the feds mean “throw Lucie under the bus.”

Did anybody not see this coming? (more…)

Lucie Tondreau’s Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty (Updated)

US AttorneyThe United States Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer announced that Karl Oreste pled guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  He was arrested on May 19, 2014, at which time the US Attorneys, at which time the U.S. Attorney stated in a News Release:

Marie Lucie Tondreau, a/k/aLucie Tondreau”, 54, of North Miami, Okechukwu Josiah Odunna, a/k/aO.J. Odunna”, 49, of Lauderdale Lakes, and Kelly Augustin, 57, of North Miami, have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and six counts of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. “The indictment alleges that over the course of the conspiracy, the defendants fraudulently obtained loans on approximately 20 properties, for which the lenders have suffered losses in the amount of approximately $8,000,000.00. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum term of 30 years in prison.

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Frantzie Watch: Absence really does makes the heart grow fonder

Frantzie does the pee dance?

Frantzie does the pee dance?

Ordinarily, the absence of Frantzie at any given time is a cause for celebration!  But, last night’s highly anticipated confrontation between North Miami Beach Councilcritter Frantz Pierre and the angry residents was a bust when Frantzie was a no-show.

Is anyone surprised?  I know I’m not.

L’il Frantzie P does not like to be in the hot seat.  Especially during an election year.  He always manages to either show up late, go MIA or walk out of Chambers right before an important, but contentious, discussion or vote.

By far, the most memorable Frantzie Moment was the night he recused himself from voting on a variance in Eastern Shores because he claimed to be a “potential buyer” of the four million dollar home (more…)

Miami-Dade County Public Schools: A Tale of Two Hackers

hacker catWith all the drama surrounding the North Miami mayoral race and the latest edition of Frantzie Watch, it’s understandable if you missed recent stories about students hacking school computers to change grades.

The first story was reported on May 2, 2014 by Channel 7 in Teen accused of accessing school’s database, altering grades.  Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School student Jose Bautista was arrested and charged (more…)