South Florida News

Florida Gallery Owner Charged with Peddling Fake Art Pieces

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gallery owner has been arrested on federal charges for peddling fake art pieces, claiming the cheap reproductions were in fact originals by Andy Warhol, Banksy, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, federal prosecutors …

As South Florida Condos Age, More Owners Are Willing to Sell

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP)–For some South Florida condo dwellers, that tap on the shoulder could lead to the deal of a lifetime. The tri-county’s white hot real estate market is prompting developers to take stock of the region’s older beach …

3 Dead, 1 Hurt in Small Plane Crash in Florida Neighborhood

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A boy who was riding in a SUV with his mother died when a small plane struggling to return to a South Florida airport crashed into them on a residential street, officials said. Two people …

Bullied, Assaulted Florida Boy Awarded $5.2M

A South Florida jury has awarded more than $5.2 million to a boy who sued a charter school claiming he was bullied and sexually assaulted by an older student. The jury verdict Tuesday came in a lawsuit the boy and …

South Florida Beaches Eroded by Sandy Replenished

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has replenished 5.1 miles of beaches in South Florida eroded by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Sandy didn’t make landfall in Florida, but the storm contributed to ocean swells that sent water crashing …

Florida Pill Mill Doc Given 5 Plus Years in Prison

A South Florida doctor has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for his role in a major pill mill operation that illegally dispensed oxycodone and other painkillers. Court documents show that 54-year-old Dr. Scott Becker of …

Memorial to 1928 Florida Storm Victims Largely Ignored

South Florida officials are considering improvements for a memorial and mass grave for hundreds of victims of the 1928 hurricane, still the deadliest natural disaster in state history. A fence and marker were installed in 2003 at the West Palm …

Alleged Leader in Florida Fraud Competent for Trial

The alleged leader of an $800 million South Florida insurance fraud scheme was found competent to stand trial Wednesday despite severe pain from a spinal cord ailment that requires him to take powerful drugs including morphine. U.S. District Judge Robert …

Florida Man Guilty of $1.2M Oil Spill Claims Fraud

A South Florida man is facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence after a jury convicted him of attempting to defraud the BP oil spill claims fund out of $1.2 million. A jury on Tuesday convicted 32-year-old Jean Mari Lindor of …

2 Florida Mothers Get Prison for Staging Car Wrecks

Two South Florida mothers have been sentenced to prison for their roles in staging car accidents to commit fraud on insurers. Federal prosecutors said Monday that 42-year-old Ana Ovando of West Palm Beach was sentenced to more than six years …