Darlene Patterson of Riviera Beach, Fla., was arrested Monday and charged with engaging in public aid fraud. Patterson is accused of collecting more than $7,000 in food stamp and Medicaid benefits from March 2013 to March 2014 while receiving about $30,000 in pay from the Palm Beach County School District, according to officials.
Two bills under consideration in the Florida Legislature would mandate stiffer penalties, including a minimum 21-month prison sentence, for those convicted of stealing goods worth $50,000 or more from retailers. Florida is among more than 20 states that have strengthened laws aimed at fighting organized retail theft or that are working to do so, NRF's loss prevention vice president Richard Mellor said.
Office Depot will have to pay back several million dollars in economic incentives to the state of Florida if it moves its headquarters after it merges with Illinois-based OfficeMax, economic development officials said this week. The Boca Raton-based retailer has received $3.35 million from the state and $1.59 million from Palm Beach County under programs designed to spur job creation.
Two men were arrested for identity fraud at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport based on behavior screening. Godfrey Antoine Teekah, 25, had nine debit cards in different names and personal information on hundreds of people, while Phillip Collins, 26, carried a Visa debit card not in his name.
Real estate brokers in Broward County have banded together to form The Retail Tour Bus -- a touring company that shows available retail space to local and out-of-town brokers and landlords. It is the first of its kind in the industry, says co-founder Gary Broidis. "The response has really been phenomenal."