Candidate for Miami-Dade State Attorney Tweets George Floyd was Murdered; Vows Change, Accountability if Elected

A candidate for Miami-Dade State Attorney took to Twitter on Wednesday calling for voters to initiate government accountability and reform within the justice system by “voting out” corrupt and outdated politicians

Melba Pearson, a former prosecutor, and ACLU deputy director announced in January she is challenging long-time Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández-Rundle in 2020 — her former boss.

Candidate Melba Pearson (left). Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández-Rundle (right).

Pearson is a rare candidate for a prosecutor. She openly states she wants to end cash bail, hold police accountable, and spend her time in office reforming the justice system, which is something critics accuse her opponent of never doing in 26 years.

Fernandez Rundle’s office has never prosecuted a police officer for even a single on-duty death in 26 years, according to the Miami New Times, which called her to record a “disgrace” in a 2017 article.

On Wednesday, Pearson, who worked 16 years as a Miami-Dade prosecutor under Fernandez-Rundle posted to Twitter, stating she believes the death of George Floyd amounts to 2nd-degree murder.

Then she asked a very important question.

One the majority of the public is also asking.

“Will the elected prosecutor in Minneapolis file accordingly?,” she Tweeted, referring to the brutal death of George Floyd who many agree was murdered in cold blood on video.

“Is your elected prosecutor doing right by your community?”

“If not, vote them out,” she urged voters on social media.

That’s something South Floridians were never able to do during the Fernández-Rundle era.

In 26 years as the Miami-Dade State Prosecutor, Fernández-Rundle, now 70-years-old, never prosecuted any police officer for wrongdoing.

Not even once for 26 years.

Fernández-Rundle’s political career began in 1993 after she was appointed to replaced replace Janet Reno, the former Miami-Dade State Attorney who left for Washington, D.C., to become the acting U.S. attorney general under President Bill Clinton. 

Pearson, seemingly her polar opposite, promises to be different than Fernández-Rundle whose legacy consists of not only not prosecuting a single officer, but even clearing Corrections Officer Roland Clarke of any criminal charges for what many say was also murder.

Video evidence showed Clarke locking inmate Darren Rainey, a prisoner at the Dade Correctional Institution (DCI), in a scalding hot jail shower as punishment for defecating in his cell on June 23, 2012.

Fernández-Rundle decided to decline charges, towing the so-called Thin Blue Line instead, despite public pressure as well as forensic and video evidence that told a different tale than the one her office depicted to the public after investigating the incident.

Former MDOC guard Roland Clarke

An autopsy leaked to the Miami Herald in 2016 claimed the death was “accidental,” caused by a combination of the confinement in the hot shower, his heart ad lung problems, and his schizophrenia.

Photographic evidence shows Rainey’s skin peeled off of his body, which indicated a reckless act of torture — not an accident or negligence.

Darren Rainey (left). Fernández-Rundle. (Right)

Still, Fernández-Rundle cleared officer Clarke of any crime despite the physical evidence pointed more to premeditated murder, which ultimately allowing Clarke to remain on the streets to cause problems for another department.

In 2014, Clarke resigned from the Florida Department of Corrections after an investigation and news report by the Miami Herald before he was immediately hired as a patrol officer by the Miami Gardens Police Department shortly after his resignation.

Subsequent investigations by the Miami Gardens internal affairs office also discovered several conduct issues with Clarke, including an incident in which he ran a red light in his police truck before crashing into another vehicle.

In 2016, Clarke was also reprimanded by the department after he called a tow truck to remove a car that belonged to a drowning victim without first securing a cell phone and a wallet.

Those items disappeared before homicide detectives could get to the car to document and investigate, which left many with questions about what happened to the victim.

In yet a separate issue in September 2016, a complaint was filed against Clarke alleging the troubled officer was “pursuing personal relationships while he was supposed to be on the clock at work.”

Even after a married patrolman received a five-day suspension and a warning for his conduct, another investigation determined Clarke abandoned his patrol area several times in 2017 leaving his duties behind to meet with his mistress when he decided to pursue yet another extramarital affair while simultaneously collecting his tax-payer funded paycheck.

Despite it all, in March 2017, Fernández-Rundle announced publicly she was declining to file any criminal charges against Clarke in connection with Rainey’s death stating she found the testimony of witnesses, including the testimony of former DCI inmate Harold Hempstead who tipped off the Herald about how Rainey was scalded to death as punishment, to be unreliable.

Fernández-Rundle’s office eventually closed its investigation into the brutal killing of Darren Rainey even after viewing video footage that showed Clarke leading Rainey past other showers and into the one where he was killed.

“It’s the only shower in the blind spot,” Hempstead recalled in an interview with CBS Miami.

Other inmates said that shower was specifically rigged so guards could adjust the temperature outside the locked shower as punishment.

An article published by FilterMag.org just yesterday referred to Fernández-Rundle’s 26-year approach to never prosecuting police shootings “political cowardice.”

So how is Melba Pearson different?

She was, after all, a prosecutor for 16 years and somehow lived with herself taking orders from and working under Fernández-Rundle’s leadership.

But Pearson also served as the deputy director of the ACLU of Florida after working as a prosecutor under Fernández-Rundle.

‘Months before entering the race to become the top prosecutor, rumors circulated among South Florida’s legal community that Pearson would attempt to capitalize on nationwide calls for justice reform to make a run at ousting Fernández-Rundle — Pearson’s former boss.

Her entry into the race wasn’t exactly a bombshell revelation.

Pearson, 46, officially began her campaign, less than two weeks after Democratic political consultant Benjamin Pollara formed a political committee dubbed Real Reform for Miami-Dade in December 2019 to back a challenger to oust Fernandez Rundle, who has been re-elected six times since 1993.

She promises a fresh approach to criminal-justice reform as part of her campaign platform.

“I will bring bail reform, juvenile-justice reforms and other types of reforms that will keep our community safe and save taxpayers money in the long run,” she told voters during a January 15 press conference, announcing her candidacy.

“My parents both immigrants of this country instilled in me Dr. King’s message of justice, fairness, and equality. They made sure that I knew, as Dr. King said, that none of these things are inevitable,” she said in a press conference video announcing her campaign to unseat Fernandez Rundle.

During her announcement to run for office in January, Pearson accused Katherine Fernandez-Rundle of being “stuck” in the 1980s and 90s pursuing “Reagan-era policies and prosecutorial priorities that don’t work.”

Recently, she’s been busy publicly contrasting her perspective and value for human life with Fernández Rundle’s.

“It’s just disgusting that we are still in the same place, we’re still begging for recognition, begging for our humanity to be recognized, begging for change,” she told WPTV in an interview discussing the brutal killing of George Floyd.

“I’ve worked on criminal justice reform, police practices and immigration,” she said.

But it’s her experience and videos like the one showing George Floyd’s brutal murder that catalyzed the decision to make yet another drastic career change, shifting from the deputy director at ACLU of Florida to now running to be elected as the state attorney in Miami-Dade County.

“For decades for centuries people of color were saying I can’t breathe my rights are being violated and in recent history, it became this well you guys play the race card too much, you complain too much, but when you have white allies, people who believe in justice raise the same messages, now it ends up being received differently, it’s unfortunate, but that’s where we are,” Pearson explained.

While Pearson and Fernández-Rundle are both Democrats there are glaring differences between the two.

One thing can be sure.

Melba Pearson knows what murder looks like.

And she’s willing to take a stand against the injustices that have gone on far too long against people like George Floyd or Darren Rainey.

Given that alone, she ought to win the election for Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office in a landslide.

The question is will she?

So far, the only arrests made in relation to George Floyd were made by Minnesota State Police who arrested a black reporter for CNN named Omar Jimenez who was arrested in the middle of reporting live on television early Friday morning.

Jiminez was covering the Minneapolis protests when officers led him along with three crew members away in handcuffs, in what now being called another incident involving racism by police.

That video, along with Pearson talking about her stance during her announcement to run, can be seen below.

Fairclough Stabs Keisha Williams

Homestead’s Vice Mayor, Patricia Fairclough, stabbed her lifelong friend, and former business partner, Keisha Williams in the back.

We previously reported on Fairclough fraudulently claiming she had written a $2,000 check to “C’Keisha’s Mend A Broken Heart Children’s Foundation,” in her campaign finance reports.

This 501c, which Fairclough is the treasurer of, in its Articles of Incorporation has as its mission statement: “The specific purpose is to meet the basic needs of disadvantaged and distressed children who have lost a parent(s) to gun violence.”

True Homestead went and talked to Keisha for a good while on Saturday when we bought 12 servings of some very delicious fried cheesecake with ice cream from her.

Yes, we LOVE cheesecake and ice cream too, and yes it was the bomb!

It was instantly apparent that Keisha was an honest, hardworking, God fearing individual who truly serves her community.

We are disgusted, that Fairclough would unknowingly involve her in this scheme.

Irrespective of that, we are certainly going to be buying lot’s more delicious soul food from Keisha!

A short clip from our encounter shows Keisha, wholesale, denying any knowledge of the $2,000 check, all while claiming she wouldn’t have known anything about this check had we not published our earlier article.

Just further evidence Fairclough falsified her campaign finance reports.

Make no mistake, there are many more financial discrepancies in Fairclough’s reports, to be sure.

This includes over $3,000 in entirely missing expenses on just one report!

We requested the full documentation, but were given even less than what was already available online.

But that as well as other anomalies in Fairclough’s reporting on her campaign finances are beyond the scope of this article.

However, beyond a doubt there are other crimes involved as well.

THE PENALTY AND FINES FOR THE CRIMES WE HAVE EVIDENCE FOR.

Fairclough falsifying public records as a public official for personal gain constitutes official misconduct, a third-degree felony, FS. 838.022(1)(a).

Fairclough taking the funds for herself is theft, period, FS, 812.014(1)(b). The fact that it was over $750 makes it grand theft, another third-degree felony, FS. 812.014(2)(c)1.

Falsifying public records alone is a first-degree misdemeanor, FS. 839.13(1).

Whereas, a third-degree felony is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and a $5,000 fine; and a first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine; FS 775.082 (penalties) and FS. 775.083 (fines).

We don’t have the all the facts yet to say whether wire fraud, 18 USC §1343, would apply here or not, but it’s very likely and other candidates have been charged and convicted recently for stealing campaign funds as well.

As amateurs with limited access to evidence, I am 100% positive there are many crimes we have overlooked, that a trained investigator with subpoena powers would immediately find.

WHY WE CARE AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO?

Fairclough not only abusively wields extraordinary power as Vice Mayor, she has influence over our children as principal of an elementary school.

Based on her character, is Fairclough really the best leader to have molding our future minds?

Fairclough’s sympathetic ivory tower image as a champion for the rights of women, children, and the poor began its deceptive manufacture back in the days when her ex-husband was a councilman and she was promoted over him as she was more articulate and refined.

But what has Fairclough done not for her own advantage or a photo-op?

Where was she on the issue of body cams, when black men were being shot in questionable manners at the hands of a certain officer(s)?

We have reported on how she evaded her taxes depriving money from the children who attend Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

We have reported on how she has lied and committed fraud to secure her mortgage.

We have reported on how she abused her official position to retaliate against the press, trying to have me arrested on bogus stalking charges.

And now we are continuing to report on how she stole money not just from children but from the most vulnerable amongst them, i.e. disadvantaged and distressed children, many orphans, who lost parents to gun violence.

Shame on her.

SO NOW WHAT?

Does Fairclough take the only honorable way out left and resign as Vice Mayor?

Based on her overly inflated ego and sense of entitlement, we highly doubt it.

But the real question is will our state attorney, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, allow her subordinates to carry out their sworn duties or will she forbid it?

She is the one who makes the final call on whether someone at this level gets prosecuted or not, despite the evidence and/or recommendations.

And this is the same woman who was sued after firing an assistant state attorney for refusing to lie to and present false evidence to judges, and then claimed he had no right to not lie to a judge.

It’s all politics all the time with Rundle.

Remember, Rundle didn’t even care when a man was murdered by officers melting him alive in a shower, forcing her own party to demand she resign.

Nor did she care when Dylan Page was murdered in cold blood. At the prime of his youth, with a murderer who tampered with evidence and many eye-witnesses.

Where is the justice?

However, it is an election year for Rundle. And this time she has a challenger, but even without one the only time she usually pretends to care about corruption is during election season.

Heck, I even sued Rundle beating her all the way up to the highest court in the land because, instead of indicting Homestead officials (read Chief Rolle) for their criminal actions, she retaliated against me for exposing misconduct.

Rundle even refuses to do her job after her reasoning for not doing it was shot down when I went against the Florida Attorney General’s Office who was defending her alone with no lawyer.

So we can either wait and see what happens, or we can demand justice.

The choice has always been ours.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You can share this story. You can contact the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. But most importantly, you can vote.

How will history remember us?

Doc Justice

Fairclough Attempts to Hide Husband’s Criminal History

Patricia Fairclough, Vice Mayor of Homestead, tried to have Doc Justice arrested for publishing articles based on public records. But her attempt woefully failed, because no crime was ever committed.

On April 27, 2020, True Homestead published an Article detailing the arrest and conviction record of Fairclough’s husband, Kelvin Staggers.

That same evening, Fairclough contacted police by telephone attempting to have Doc arrested for the alleged crime of stalking after they arrived on scene to take her report.

This makes it the tenth time city officers and officials have pursued Doc with bogus stalking claims, as he has closely documented.

The police did not file a report, but True Homestead obtained a copy of the Dispatch Communications, which contains some very interesting details.

The responding officer noted, “Compl advised a known male was disclosing false personal information. Subj did not make any direct threats to the Compl.”

What does Fairclough allege that was false in the article? That her husband was arrested for cocaine possession and lost his law enforcement certification, or that he was later arrested for sexual assault anal and vaginal?

Those allegations are both backed up by public records.

Is she alleging she did not claim she was single on her mortgage Mortgage Application? Did she not write a $2,000 campaign check to an inactive 501c she is the treasurer of? Did her and her husband not improperly make a claim of a Homestead Tax Exemptions on both their houses?

What did True Homestead publish that was false?

The fact is that True Homestead wrote about Fairclough as a public official, and she retaliated against Doc Justice’s rights to speech, press, and petition.

But back to the records obtained.

The earliest note in the communications stated, “REF SOCIAL MEDIA – PER 101.”  Colonel Scott Kennedy, unit 101, is second in command.

Chief Rolle is basically a meat puppet, whereas Colonel Kennedy actually runs the show.

So, Fairclough called Colonel Kennedy, using her leverage as Vice Mayor to receive preferential treatment. Must be nice to have friends in high places, but not even they can save her now.

The communications further stated, “PER 106 SEND 448.”  Lieutenant Randy Owens, the shift commander, is unit 106. 

But why would Owens be involved in this matter and why would he be directing specific officers to respond?

Furthermore, where are the phone logs, and rest of the records, that were requested but not produced?

It is clear Fairclough used her official position as leverage to obtain special treatment from the police, attempting to use them as a weapon to attack a known member of the press.

It is also clear that Homestead does not want to give True Homestead all of the records

Fairclough was thrusted into this miscalculation by her desire to hide her husband’s criminal history and/or to block further exposure of her own crimes and/or malfeasance.

Shame on her.

The only question left: does she resign attempting to avoid prosecution and/or shame, or does her pride make her stay and chance taking the fall?

Stay tuned we still have more coming, and the best is saved for last.

Elementary Principal Steals Money From Children

Patricia Fairclough, the George Washington Carver Elementary School Principal, and Vice Mayor of Homestead, Florida, is evading taxes.

Fairclough and her husband, Kelvin Staggers, were married in February 2018, both owning their own homes. 

In Florida, there is a Homestead Exemption allowing a substantial write off on the assessed value of your home for property tax purposes.

You must be living in the home on January 1 any year for which you claim the exemption.

Fairclough and Staggers claimed the Homestead Exemption on both of their houses in 2018 and 2019 and, presumably, they will do the same for 2020.

Yet, a married couple can claim the Homestead Exemption legally on only one home, and it must be their primary residence. 

Evidence obtained by True Homestead shows Fairclough and Staggers evaded taxes at least in 2019.

And unless they were not living together before their marriage in 2018, it’s likely they evaded taxes that year as well, and it is likely that they will continue to do so in the future.

This amounts to Homestead Exemption Fraud. And it is not Fairclough’s first scheme to commit fraud we are exposing, nor is it the best.

We’re saving that one for last.

HOW MUCH WAS EVADED?

Fairclough’s 2019 TRIM Notice shows the full break down of her taxes.

The Homestead Exemption allows for a $25,000 write off of assessed value for all property taxes levied, and a second $25,000 write off of assessed value for non-school taxes.

In Fairclough’s case, she evaded $554.47 with the first exemption, and $375.77 with the second, for a total tax evasion amount of $930.24, in 2019.

Of this total amount, $175.63 would have been allocated to Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS).

In reality, this latter amount she unlawfully withheld, was in effect stealing from her employer, MDCPS, as well as the children she claims to care about.

WHY DO WE CARE?

As seen in the below video, Fairclough has taken the position that if she did something wrong in advocating for school children, she’d “do it again.”

The irony is her knowingly doing something wrong that is hurtful to our children — by evading her duty to pay required taxes.

Fairclough has a history of spinning trending political issues for personal gain, as well as a penchant for financial shadiness and/or credit fiascoes.

We expect Fairclough to claim this is all ‘insignificant,’ like she did in the below video, to avoid responding as to why she skipped out on paying her fair share of taxes — to schools for impoverished children.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

As a sitting Councilwoman, Fairclough pushed for and voted to give her primary employer, MDCPS, $775,000 of your tax dollars, allegedly for construction of a school, she was later “requested” to apply for a promotion to Principal. 

This conflict has been covered several times, but here is a good article and the comments therein elucidate the issue(s) very well.

Likewise, her comments in the video above are not accurate, are misleading at best, and neither the vote nor discussion on this matter was unanimous.

Further, the actual amount of these funds, as well as how they were spent, contrast significantly with what City Attorney Richard Weiss falsely told the Ethics Commission when claiming it was only $175,000 for computers (read lied), while getting Fairclough clearance to accept her principalship.

But what’s $600,000 amongst friends, right?

Fairclough and Weiss even discussed this conflict of interest during a Community Reinvestment Agency (CRA) meeting as reflected beginning at the top of page 2 of the minutes.

This was schemed from the beginning. Yet, who stood to benefit the most?

And it wasn’t just the promotion she got for giving her primary employer gifts from Homestead tax coffers; Fairclough received other kickbacks too.

In July 2013, MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho gave Fairclough, who was then Assistant Principal of Pine Lake Elementary School, a $1,000 award after the School Board approved the agreement in early 2013 between MDCPS and the City of Homestead’s CRA.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE?

The funds to pay the award came from a Race To The Top grant. 

Interestingly, MDCPS is the only school system in the State of Florida which used these Race To The Top funds to reward teachers and administrators.

Curiously, Fairclough got a reward for the school performance. But even more curious is why the assistant principal, and not the principle, got it.

Instead of allowing the money to flow to impoverished children, Fairclough simply put it in her own pocket, and did it while clapping for herself, figuratively and literally, see the above picture.

But that is what happens when you can use other people’s money to buy yourself favors and influence.

And while Fairclough may be generous with other people’s money, she is certainly stingy with her own to the point of unlawfulness.

Can we not find a representative for our children, one who gives of themselves selflessly — not one who is always looking out for their own best interest even if they have to lie, cheat, and steal?

We think you should, as Fairclough’s sign in the cover photo declares: Save Your Child’s Education.

And Carvalho can help us: by removing her from a leadership position.

Doc Justice

Records Reveal Florida Politician, School Principal, Committed Felony Mortgage Fraud

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Patricia Fairclough was sued for foreclosure by Bank of America on June 4, 2018, then lied committing a second degree felony to escape the consequences.

While Fairclough is the Vice Mayor of Homestead, she is also the Principal of George Washington Carver Elementary School in Coral Gables, Florida.

Subsequently, to being sued for foreclosure, on December 3, 2018 the court dismissed the foreclosure action, after Bank of America filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal on November 30.

Bank of America filed for the dismissal because Fairclough got a loan modification, i.e. a new new mortgage, with an FHA backed loan.

She refinanced with a new principle balance of $218,378.43.

And now is where the February 24, 2018 marriage date we mentioned in the last article comes into a laser like focus.

When Fairclough got her new mortgage signing the papers and having them notarized, she stated that she was a single woman in bold.

But she signed for her new loan, on November 14, 2018, almost 9 months after getting married to Kelvin Staggers in February.

A married couple can only get one FHA loan and it must be on their primary residence.

Only Fairclough knows her exact motive. However, on its face, it appears to boil down to the simple fact that she was going to lose her home in foreclosure.

Being in default, she couldn’t get a conventional loan as she was a credit risk, and likely had little to no money down. Hence, the reason she was in foreclosure to begin with.

So then she deliberately lied on her mortgage lending documents to save her house. Whereas, she wouldn’t have received the same terms, or even gotten a new mortgage, had she told the truth.

Therefore, her misstatement of being a single woman should be material.

If I am correct, on the misstatement being legally material, herein lies the rub:

FS. 817.545(2)(a) states that making a material misstatement during the mortgage lending process constitutes mortgage fraud.

Whereas, FS. 817.545(5)(b) states that mortgage fraud on any loan amount over $100,000.00 is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000.00 dollar fine.

That might leave a mark.

The only question left is will the Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, do the right thing?

Doc Justice

Candidate for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Facing Criminal Charges, Ethics Investigation, for Violating Election Rules

Elvis Lives!

But where?

When?

The answer to those questions is currently being investigated by the Miami-Dade State’s Attorney’s Office, True Homestead has learned from a confidential source.

The subject of the investigation is 46-year-old Elvis Ray Maldonado, who announced that he is running for Miami County Commission District Seat 9 in October 2019 through the Supervisor of Elections.


To run for commissioner, Maldonado was required to resign from his seat on the Homestead City Council last year so he could legally run for commissioner in the November 2020 election.

The criminal investigation began on January 17, one day after an observant local citizen filed a complaint on January 16 with Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, who forwarded it to the MDSAO.

The complaint accuses Maldonado of violating the residency requirement, and he does appear to have failed to meet the residency requirements before the qualifying deadline based on the fact he admits it on his voter registration form.

“Mr. Maldonado currently resides at 907 NE 36th Ave; Homestead, Florida 33033, which is in Miami-Dade Commission District 8, and is ineligible as an elector in the Miami-Dade Commission District 9 race,” the complaint reads.

A receipt from Maldonado registering to vote on January 13, 2020, listed the 907 NE 36th Ave Address as his residency can be read below.


The criminal investigation apparently has Maldonado facing some serious allegations, and potentially time in prison.

So why is he still in the race?

Here’s where things get interesting.

On the surface, there’s nothing wrong here other than possibly being disqualified from running in the election.

It’s obviously legal to register to vote using your actual address.

The problem is that Maldonado has continued announcing himself as an active candidate for Commission District 9 when, by his admission, he lives in Commission District 8.

If true, this is a breach of ethics to the citizens of Miami-Dade County because to qualify to run for county commissioner Maldonado must have been residing in District 9 at least six months before the qualifying deadline to be eligible.

That is, according to Article 1, Section 1.04 of Miami-Dade County’s Home Rule Charter.

Therefore, Maldonado would have had to begin residing in Commission District 9 on or before December 9, 2019, to be eligible, according to the qualifying handbook, which states the qualifying dates for county commissioner, ends on June 9, 2020

The handbook was published by the Miami-Dade Elections Department.

But, Maldonado freely admits on his voter registration form ( seen above) he did not live in District 9 by December 9, 2019 — or even by January 13, 2020.

Based on that fact alone, Maldonado should be disqualified, according to election rules.

That’s likely why, on or about March 10, 2020, Maldonado changed the address on his voter registration to 1412 SE 23rd Drive, an address within Commission District 9.

Was this done attempting to cover his tracks?

Was he aware of the qualifying dates and requirements?

Politicians across the country often lie about where they live to meet residency requirements to run in a district where they do not live.

But it’s usually other politicians making the allegations to paint a negative picture of their opponents.

It’s probably safe to say Maldonado likely didn’t plan on an observant citizen following the race for county commissioner with such attention to detail.

It gets even more interesting.

In an October 19, 2019 interview with the South Dade News Leader, Maldonado even gives statements on record, specifically acknowledging the legal requirements to qualify as a candidate for county commissioner.

“Another legal requirement is you must live in the County for three years – I’ve been here since I was five years old,” he told the SDNL.

“To qualify for the District, you must live there for six months prior to election.”

He even acknowledged he would be required to move to Commission District 9.

He appears to have failed to do so in time enough to qualify for commissioner.

We’d like to know if Maldonado even knows about the criminal investigation pending against him.

The Miami-Dade State’s Attorney’s Officer would not confirm or deny whether or not the investigation has been closed of or if Maldonado has been cleared.

Apparently not.

It’s common for any government branch to refrain from commenting about ongoing investigations because it’s unethical to influence the public’s opinion before the investigation is complete.

We assume the investigation is ongoing, since they will not state if it’s been closed, although we were unable to officially confirm that in a telephone conversation with the state’s attorney’s office.

Since the criminal investigation was first launched against him, Maldonado has been giving interviews and campaigning like he’s not facing criminal charges.

By now, Maldonado may feel comfortable being investigated by ethics investigators.

Or maybe he just doesn’t feel threatened by them.

In 2017, Maldonado was the subject of an eight-month investigation into whether or not he misused a white Chevy Tahoe owned by the City of Homestead when he drove it to play golf up to 60 times in 2015.

He might never have gotten caught had it not been for toll road cameras, which spotted him using the Turnpike exits where he routinely played golf.

That alone would only be enough to assume, but Maldonado tracked his golf trips and stats on websites Shotzoom.com and Gamegolf.com, which can be viewed by anyone

“He may in fact be in violation of not only city of Homestead ordinances, but also, county ethics regulations and state … statutes,” Anthony Alfieri, founder and director of the Center of Ethics and Public Service said in an interview with the Miami Herald.

Investigators then accused Maldonado of “double-dipping,” because each Homestead official receives a 958.33 monthly auto allowance.

However, no charges were ever filed and no disciplinary action was ever taken.

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough-Staggers: A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND.


After getting divorced in 2015; and despite allegations of later dating Reverend Chauncey Brown, a local philandering charlatan, until he was released from his duties under allegations of impregnating a younger parishioner; the Vice Mayor of Homestead Florida, Patricia Fairclough-Staggers, found her man and got hitched to Kelvin Staggers.

They were married on February 24, 2018. Remember this date, it is important for a few bigger stories to come soon, not just this one.

Simple Google searches reveal that Staggers has a little history of his own.

Staggers possessed a Florida Law Enforcement Certification and worked, locally, in corrections.

Then Staggers was found guilty of cocaine possession and his certification was revoked.

Sources, knowing him, in the community indicate that Staggers is not a drug user but instead was caught with drugs at the jail, and was dealing and/or smuggling drugs.

At the time there was a rash of correctional officers who were involved with smuggling drugs into the jails/prisons for distribution.

Staggers was arrested again, this time in Texas, and charged with SEX A-V.

In Texas SEX A-V stands for “Sexual Assault – Anal and Vaginal.”

That raises some serious questions.

Does Fairclough-Staggers have poor judgment of character, in addition to her other acts of moral turpitude?

While Fairclough-Staggers publicly plays on her femininity for advancement, did she marry the antithesis of the poster child of the #MeToo movement?

With all things being equal, her past, and tendency to chose partners with misogynistic qualities, is she really the greatest role model for our daughters?

Stay tuned because more is coming to this, including further evidence of lying and stealing, and as always we plan to save the best for last.

Doc Justice

Florida Politician Writes $2,000 Surplus Campaign Fund Check to Her Own Defunct Non-Profit

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A Florida politician donated her excess campaign contribution funds to her own non-profit, which was dissolved ten months earlier.

Homestead Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough-Staggers wrote a $2,000 check on January 29, 2020 to her own non-profit, C’KEISHA’s MEND A BROKEN HEART FOUNDATION, on which she serves as treasurer.

While that may not be interesting on the surface, it does raise some eyebrows here at True Homestead.

Why?

Because not only does Fairclough-Staggers serve as the treasurer of KEISHA’s MEND A BROKEN HEART FOUNDATION, the 501(c)(3) non-profit had been dissolved four months earlier, records obtained by True Homestead show.

So, it appears, essentially, she wrote a check to herself.

Even though Fairclough-Staggers ran unopposed for vice mayor and won by default on November 5, 2019, her campaign treasurer’s report, also obtained by True Homestead, shows she managed to raise $41,900 in campaign funds.

According to the report, Fairclough-Staggers only spent $5,072 of the total campaign donations she received before the election ended on November 5, 2019, which can be seen in the treasurer’s report summary below.

A total of $16,550 in expenditures were donated to various non-profits after the election with $2,000 being given to the charity on which she serves as treasurer. But there is still another $20,278 which needs to be dispersed.

In Florida, after political candidates settle all of their debts, a candidate is not permitted to use the remaining funds for personal reasons.

There are several things a candidate can choose to do with surplus campaign funds, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

A candidate may return the funds to the person who donated at a pro-rated rate.

They can also donate surplus funds to the affiliated committee or political party of which the candidate is a member.

Or they can donate to a charitable organization or organizations that meet the qualifications of s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

So, while donating surplus campaign funds to a 501(c)(3) isn’t a red flag in and of itself, it does beg a few questions.

Is it ethical to donate surplus funds to a 501(c)(3) of which you’re a member?

Would that create a conflict of interest of sorts within your non-profit organization?

Why would one donate $2,000 to a charitable organization they are a member of — one that has been defunct for months?

Although C’KEISHA’s MEND A BROKEN HEART FOUNDATION was dissolved, its bank account obviously remains open.

So what happened to the money?

Stay tuned.

True Homestead would be interested in determining the answer to that question and will be following up on the issue in the coming days or weeks.

San Diego Judicial Candidate Accepting Money from Developers hit with Environmental Violations

San Diego judicial candidate Michelle Lallegio says she can be a “fair” judge. But can she?

Judicial candidate Michelle Lallegio, vying for San Diego Superior Court Judge – Seat 36, says she’s qualified for the job because she’s “impartial, unbiased, and ethical.”

However, records show she’s accepting campaign money from downtown attorneys, local judges, law enforcement officers, and developers, which some say makes it impossible for her to be impartial and unbiased.

One of those developers, the Rancho Guejito Corporation, was hit with violation notices and stop-work orders in 2012 for several projects on a property in San Diego County done without permits.

The Rancho Guejito Corporation donated $2,500 to Michelle Lallegio’s campaign, campaign records reveal.

Rancho Geujito consists of more than 22,500 acres of valleys and mountains near Valley Center, which stretches from State Route 78 in the San Pasqual Valley almost to state Route 76, then 12 miles to the north.

Inside its boundaries lies the last untouched Mexican land-grant rancho, from the 800 that once existed inside California.

In 2015, federal, state, and county agencies came down harshly on the private owners of the corporation after they discovered a road over a mile long had been built into the southern end of the property.

County officials levied a $150,000 fine against the Rancho Guejito Corporation and ordered the company to fully restore a stretch of land above Guejito Creek, according to the San Diego Tribune.

Now, San Diegans are questioning how fair Lallegio could be if she were to preside over the case involving the Rancho Guejito corporation.

Others are curious about what Rancho Guejito’s motive might be.

Could the company be trying to influence the judge it thinks will win to rule in their favor in their ongoing and future cases?

Additional Donations Likely to Impact Impartiality and Fairness

In addition to donations from troubled developers, Lallegio’s campaign has received $18,529 from downtown attorneys, $48,000 from big business, $10,625 from law enforcement, and $5,225 from local judges.

If elected, would she rule impartially when they appear in her court?

We asked Shawn McMillan, Lallegio’s opponent, about whether or not that would be a conflict of interest.

“It would be. It would need to be disclosed to the other side and waived. Otherwise, the judge shouldn’t hear the case,” McMillan, who is funding his own campaign, explained.

The Moores Family

Another donation accepted by Lallegio was from Jennifer Moores for $25,000 made on January 31.

Moores has been fighting cases in court since the 90s and frequently finds herself in front of judges over usage and restrictions issues.

Is Lallegio supposed to treat the Moore family differently now because Jennifer made such a massive contribution?

At the very least, it’s interesting how many developers and real estate companies are contributing to Lallegio.

What could their motives be?

Florida Vice Mayor Files Restraining Order Against Mayor — for her Safety

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Posted on February 20, 2020, by Ben Keller

A Florida vice mayor sought a restraining order against the mayor days after making a police report. She insists it was only because she was concerned for her safety.

Homestead Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough-Staggers says she wasn’t trying to make a public spectacle out of filing a restraining order against Homestead Mayor Steve Losner, but she did have to let it go for her health.

“I needed to let this go for my health,” she explained to the Miami Herald.

“Mentally, I had to let it go.”

It happened in December after the Homestead City Council adjourned its monthly meeting.

That’s when Mayor Losner reportedly stood up and turned to Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough-Staggers, who was sitting to his left on the dais, saying something that visibly upset her.

Police Report

Later that night, Fairclough-Staggers filed a report with police saying she felt threatened and scared by whatever Losner said and his behavior towards her.

However, Losner dispute’s Fairclough-Staggers’ version of events and told the Herald he didn’t make any threats or use the word “bitch,” and that Fairclough-Staggers was the escalating things.

“Totally inaccurate, blown way out of proportion, and I’ll even use the word ‘false’ when it comes to her characterization and statements as to what happened.”

“I am really shocked at the level the opposition is willing to take it to in Homestead,” Losner said in an interview, chalking up Fairclough-Staggers’ reaction with the restraining order as a political ploy to try to get him out of office.

The incident in question lasted less than 30 seconds, according to Losner.

It ended when the vice mayor “threw her hands up in the air, saying ‘I just can’t take this,’ and stomped out of the room,” he says.

Fairclough-Staggers insists the issue involved what she perceived as a threat.

“The only reason I did the police report is because I was concerned for my safety, and I wanted a record if something was to occur as a result of it,” she said last week.

“As long as I’ve been on the dais, I’ve never experienced anything like that. I know what happened, and I stand on the truth.”

In Fairclough-Staggers written statement to police, she states Losner made several comments that she perceived as threatening, such as: “Stop playing the victim, bitch”;” You watch, I’m coming after you”; and “How dare you to disrespect me?”

“I walked away fearful and afraid of what Mayor Losner’s intentions as it related to ‘retaliation’ are,” Fairclough-Staggers, who was more than six months pregnant at the time.

“As a pregnant female, the . . . intimidating encounter has caused stress on my unborn child and me.”

The exchange between Losner and Fairclough-Staggers took place just after the council declined to confirm a candidate Losner preferred to fill an empty seat, vacated when Elvis Maldonado resigned to run for the County Commission.

During the December 18 meeting, Fairclough-Staggers said the mayor’s choice, Bradley Compton, doesn’t reflect the diversity of Homestead. She argued against Losner, saying the other applicants, “stand head and shoulders above your [proposed] appointee.”

Sean Fletcher, another Homestead council member, vocally supported Compton. But a motion to appoint him failed due to lack of a second.

The mayor has 60 days to secure council approval for his or her preferred nominee, under the city charter.

Because that did not happen, the Homestead city council will vote on five applicants, including Compton, during its February 19 meeting.

So, whoever wins the vote fills the seat until 2021.

Restraining Order

A few days after making a report with the police, Fairclough-Staggers took things a step further: she submitted a petition for a restraining order against Mayor Losner in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

When Fairclough-Staggers failed to appear for the scheduled hearing about the restraining order on January 15, the case was dismissed, according to court records.

Fairclough-Staggers said in an interview with the Herald that she decided to discontinue her efforts to obtain a restraining order because of recent health concerns like anxiety and high blood pressure during her pregnancy.

Agendas

Losner ascribes Vice Mayor Fairclough-Staggers’ actions to pursue a restraining order as cynical motives, which were nothing short of an attempted “coup” to remove Losner, who was elected to a two-year term as mayor in November, from office.

“I think there is a bigger agenda at play here,” Losner explained.

“If a restraining order had been issued, how would we both attend council meetings?”

Fairclough-Staggers said her relationship with Losner had been cordial in the past and that the December incident was her first uncomfortable interaction with Losner.

Fairclough-Staggers supported Jeff Porter, a former mayor who resigned during 2018 to run for Florida agricultural commissioner, in the mayoral election that Losner won this November.

Fairclough-Staggers, according to Losner, is the most vocal of the council members and is trying to stack power in the council against him.

The question of who will win the seventh and final seat on Homestead’s city council could be crucial in solidifying political opposition against him.

Fairclough-Staggers denies that claim.

But Councilman Stephen Shelley, who also opposed Losner’s nomination for the vacant seat, says he doesn’t see anyone trying to consolidate power or form any coalition against the newly elected mayor.

“I think as a body, we’re still adjusting to the new members on the council,” Shelley said, referring to Losner and Fletcher, the lone council member who supported Losner’s nomination of Compton.

“It’s something that we’re going to have to work through and adapt.”

Both Losner and Fairclough-Staggers say nobody else heard the December 18 exchange between them.

Records Requests Denied

Losner states there’s no audio record of the incident, and that requests to release surveillance footage from the council chambers and the lobby were orally denied by the city attorney.

The City of Homestead rejected the Herald’s request for surveillance video last week, citing a Florida public records law for information that “reveals a security system.”