Benderson Attempts to Buy Moran opens up Criminal Tax Issues

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BENDERSON ATTEMPTS TO BUY MORAN OPENS UP CRIMINAL TAX ISSUES 

By JON SUSCE

One of the most clear-cut examples showing Randy Benderson buying a Sarasota County Commissioner and stuffing him into his pocket is the recent campaign finance report of Sarasota County Commission candidate, Mike Moran. It’s clearly documented how this October 7, 2016 Moran campaign finance report exemplifies the way in which Benderson is buying yet another Sarasota County Commissioner. SEE ATTACHMENT #1

Benderson realizes that the general public has had enough of the carpetbagger from Buffalo and what he has brought with him from Buffalo, New York, which is major urban sprawl as exemplified in what he has created at the University-l-75 Corridor.

BENDERSON NEEDS MORAN FOR HIS STICKNEY POINT PROJECT 
Benderson has plans to burden the taxpayers with more urban sprawl at the Stickney Point/U.S 41 Corridor, along with millions of dollars in infrastructure costs, to alleviate the congestion problem Benderson brought with from Buffalo to another area of Sarasota.  Benderson needs Moran’s vote on the county commission to make it happen.
CARAGIULO ANOTHER BENDERSON FLUNKY 
caragiuloBenderson needs Moran to act as another flunky like present Sarasota County Commissioner Paul “Fredo” Caragiulo, who would be delivering pizzas if it wasn’t for his older brothers.  Benderson needs Moran to promote more Benderson “Pay to Play” scams. By the way, Caragiulo had a fundraiser for Moran last Monday, which no doubt pleased his Godfathers Pat Neal, Carlos Beruff and Benderson.SEE ATTACHMENT #2 
BENDERSON BRAGS ABOUT HAVING COMMISSIONERS IN HIS POCKETS 
Benderson has bragged about stuffing Sarasota County Commissioners into his pocket.  For example, at the recent civil lawsuit trial, in which a six member jury awarded Hugh Culverhouse Jr. over $20 million in damages for fraud perpetrated by Benderson and his co-conspirator, Henry Rodriguez, there was sworn testimony given by Jim Pullman concerning a meeting that took place on June 23, 2012, in which Pullman was a participant.

Pullman testified that at this meeting that Benderson threatened Culverhouse, pushing him to sign an amended agreement increasing Benderson’s retail footage at the EZZ Project in Osprey, by stating that he had three Sarasota County Commissioner votes in his pocket for his proposed amended agreement  SEE ATTACHMENT #3

ANDERSON IGNORES BENDERSON BUYING LOCAL POLITICIANS

Yet another example of incompetent, shameful reporting on the local political scene can be found in last andersonSunday’s edition of the Sarasota Herald Tribune (SHT). For example, the SHT’s political writer, Zac Anderson mentions not a word about the latest campaign financial report belonging to Moran in his article concerning the Moran campaign against Fred Atkins for the Sarasota County Commission.

Anderson briefly mentioned, “that LLC with addresses listed at the offices of Lakewood Ranch, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch and Medallion Homes — companies run by highly influential developers Pat Neal, Rex Jensen and Carlos Beruff are contributing to Moran.”

Anderson mentioned not a word about Benderson and the scandalous methods that he is using, funneling money into Moran’s campaign, with the assistance of Moran’s campaign treasurer, Eric ”The Prince of Dark Money” Robinson.

In addition, no mention about the way in which Benderson, not only attempted to hide the pumping of nine, maximum $200 contributions into the Moran campaign coffers from the various hundreds of LLCs he controls, but that he had his key Benderson Corporation employees buy a piece of Moran for his “Pay to Play” scams.

Anderson is either completely clueless as to how to follow the money trail, left by local multimillionaire developers like Benderson promoting their “Pay to Play” scams, which reveal thousands of dollars funneled into political campaigns corrupting the political system; or else he is following the directives of his editors to assert damage control over how totally corrupt local government has become.

BRAGA IGNORES ROBINSON LAUNDERING DIRTY PAC MONEY

bragaThe trash written by Michael Braga, recently published in the SHT,  demonstrates completely clueless reporting about how to follow the money trail and damage control over how Robinson is laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars of “Dark PAC Money” though his CPA office in Venice, to financially benefit developers like Benderson.
BENDERSON EXPOSES BALDAUF TO CRIMINAL ACTIONS
Unfortunately for Benderson in his attempt to stuff another Sarasota County Commissioner into his pocket, he has once again exposed himself, and the individual who has been the Benderson Corporation accountant for 30 years, David Baldauf, to tax fraud scrutiny.

Case in point, the Benderson senior officials and their “homemaker” wives, who stuffed the maximum $200 campaign contributions into the Moran re-election campaign, includes David Baldauf and his wife Susan. Baldauf has been the Benderson Corporation chief accountant both in Buffalo and Sarasota for over 30 years.

Exposing Baldauf to public scrutiny at this time, for pumping $400 in campaign contributions to buy a Sarasota County Commissioner isn’t very smart for Benderson, considering Baldauf and Benderson could be under federal investigation for tax fraud.

BENDERSON AVOIDING TAXES

For example, it was revealed under oath at the recent Hugh Culverhouse Jr. multi-million dollar civil fraud case against Benderson and his co-conspirator Henry Rodriguez, that Baldauf  gave strong evidence that Benderson was avoiding paying millions of dollars in taxes to the U.S. government, which could send both Benderson and Baldauf to prison.  SEE ATTACHMENT #3

Under sworn testimony on May 27, 2014, while being deposed by Culverhouse attorneys,  Baldauf stated that he is listed as manager and agent for hundreds of Benderson LLC’s, of which Benderson is in complete control. “On paper” Baldauf stated that he legally manages hundreds of Benderson entities and LLCs— which he, in fact, does not manage. SEE ATTACHMENT # 3

BALDAUF COULD BE FACING JAIL TIME

Every year that Baldauf files a federal tax return for hundreds of Benderson partnerships and signs as manager, Baldauf breaks the tax laws. Baldauf is not the manager and falsely stating that he is the manager is a criminal act that could imprison him for decades.

Benderson’s reason for not being listed as manager or agent of the hundreds of LLC’s that he controls was made quite clear in Baldauf’s sworn deposition to Culverhouse’s attorney when he was asked as to the delegation of those duties turned over to Benderson (control of hundreds of Benderson LLC’s), “I would say everything.” When asked if Benderson is making all the decisions on the properties, why he is not designated manager of the properties, Baldauf answered, “Tax purposes.”  SEE ATTACHMENT #3

BENDERSON COULD BE FACING JAIL TIME

Benderson’s sworn testimony includes other incredible revelations. For example, under questioning by Culverhouse attorney, Steve Hutton, Benderson admits that his brother, Ronald Benderson is involved with ownership of several LLC’s named VOTT A, B, C, and D. When asked if his brother, who resides in Buffalo, has any knowledge of VOTT A, B, C, and D or the EEZ Project, Benderson answers, “NO KNOWLEDGE.”

When asked why not, Benderson answers, “I handle all the real estate.” Benderson then is asked by Hutton; “as part owner you just didn’t feel it was necessary to tell him what was going on?” Benderson then answers, “No.”  Benderson is then asked does any of the other owners of VOTT A, B, C or D have knowledge of those entities or the EEZ Project and Benderson answers, “NONE.” Asked why not, Benderson answers, “Because I handle all of the real estate.” SEE ATTACHMENT #3

BENDERSON COULD BE PAYING $MILLIONS IN BACK TAXES
There were other serious tax issues raised for Benderson, Baldauf and two Benderson attorneys, Alicia Gayton and Ed Vogler, by sworn testimony at the civil trial. Those issues, which could have Benderson paying $millions of dollars in back taxes and serving jail sentences for abusing family limited partnerships, abuse of IRS 1031 tax laws and avoiding payment of estate taxes. SEE ATTACHMENT # 3

DUBENSKY’S ABSURD SCANDALOUS DECISION ON APPEAL

By the way, the scandalous ruling by Judge Peter Dubensky to overturn the decision of a local jury, which had granted an award to Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. of over $20 million dollars in damages for fraud perpetrated by Randy Benderson and Henry Rodriguez, is now in a Lakeland appeals court.

What is certain is that an Appeals Court in Lakeland, Florida will determine the following: Did the jury follow Dubensky’s instructions to the letter in reaching their verdict or did Dubensky fail to give the jury the proper legal instruction? In addition, as even Dubensky essentially stated, after making his very troublesome, weird decision— the final decision of how a corrupt Sarasota County Government operates will be determined in an Appeals Court in Lakeland.  SEE ATTACHMENT # 4

OTHER BENDERSON OFFICIALS PUMPING MONEY INTO MORAN’S CAMPAIGN
Other high ranking Benderson officials, no doubt required by Benderson to pump money into the campaign of a chaitSarasota County Commissioner, in order to place him in Randy’s pocket are: Mark Chait and his wife Kim; Chait is Executive Director of leasing for Benderson projects in the Southeast United States.

Richard Franco and his wife Arlene; Franco is Senior Vice President of Benderson Development.

 

finebergLarry “The Gangster” Fineberg and his wife Julie; Fineberg is a longtime Benderson project manager, who was once described by  City of Sarasota Attorney, Bob Fournier as, ‘acting like a “Gangster”,  in negotiating a project with the City of Sarasota. 

Todd Mathes, his wife Julie, and his 73 year old mother in Pine City, New York. Mathes is anothermathes longtime Benderson project manager, who is presently attempting to push through a Benderson Project before the Sarasota  County Commission at Stickney Point and US 41, which is opposed by neighborhood residents in the area.

BENDERSON FUNNELS HIS LLC MONEY INTO MORAN’S CAMPAIGN
No doubt that Benderson not only requested his high ranking employees to help get Moran stuffed into his pocket so as to continue his “Pay to Play” scams with the Sarasota County Commission; Benderson has also funneled campaign contributions into the Moran campaign through various LLC’s that he controls.

Case in point, the following LLC’s controlled by Benderson have contributed the maximum $200 to the Moran campaign: LPM WINTER SPRINGS BUSINESS TRUST; PROMENADE ASSOCIATES L.P.; MSF MARKET, LLC; CYPRESS WOODS ASSOCIATES, LLC; CC-INVESTORS 1197-11; BUFFALO-VICTORIA BUSINESS TRUST; BUFFALO-LOL ASSOCIATES, LTD AND BNY-SF ASSOCIATES.

These nine LLC’s have the following addresses: 7978 Cooper Creek Blvd., Suite 100; 8441 Cooper Creek Blvd. (both in University Park, Florida); 3900 Woodlake Road, Suite 850, Greenacres, Florida; P.O. Box 844, Anna Mara Island, Florida. All of these locations are Benderson Corporation offices.  SEE ATTACHMENT # 1  

BENDERSON ACTIONS DIM-WITTED
All of these LLC’s have Baldauf as the agent, which as mentioned above, illegally represented as managing them. For Benderson to bring attention to this activity while he is under investigation, in order to buy another Sarasota County Commissioner, is bizarre and dim-witted.
SALON OWNER AND BENDERSON PARTNER CONTRIBUTE TO MORAN
holcombeAnother contributor to the Moran campaign is Stephen Scalione, who gives his address as 319 Ogden Street in Sarasota and his occupation as a “SALON OWNER.” Scalione is involved in 13 LLC’s with 10 of them having Baldauf, Gayton, Randy Benderson and Shaun Benderson involved as officers. SEE ATTACHMENT # 1
“NAIL SPECIALIST” CONTRIBUTES TO MORAN’S CAMPAIGN
One of the LLC’s that Scalione controls is called, “THE NAIL LOFT LLC.” The other manager of this LLC is Reva Holcombe, who is also a maximum $200 contributor to Benderson’s flunky, Moran.

By the way Reva gives her occupation on Moran’s finance report as a “NAIL SPECIALIST.” Reva is employed as a “Nail Specialist” at Loft No. 9 in Sarasota’s, Paradise Plaza. Scalione owes another “Loft” at Benderson’s UTC Mall.  SEE ATTACHMENT # 1 

Another entity that contributed the maximum $200 contribution to have Moran join Benderson’s other flunkies on the Sarasota County Commission:  “CM MIAMI TRUST” in Dallas, Texas. According to Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations this entity hasn’t been in existence since 2002.  SEE ATTACHMENT # 1

TWO- TIME CONVICTED FELON WAECHTER  CONTRIBUTES TO MORAN’S CAMPAIGN
Another contribution to Moran in this October 7, 2016 campaign finance report is twice convicted felon and waechter-at-sentencinglocal political operative, Bob Waechter. Two maximum $200 contributions were funneled into Moran’s campaign through two of Waechter’s LLCs: “R&J ASHTON COURT” and “1200 OGDEN INDUSTRIAL.”

Waechter who walks around Sarasota with his “get out of jail pass” from the local State Attorney, Ed Brodsky, has contributed four other maximum $200 contributions through his other LLC’s in previous Moran campaign finance reports.SEE ATTACHMENT # 1  

ROBINSON FUNNELING MONEY INTO MORAN’S CAMPAIGN
In the October 14, 2016 Moran financial report there is a $500 expenditure to Eric Robinson for robinson“ACCOUNTING,” which makes it the 21st expenditure to Robinson since Moran filed his first campaign report on June 2, 2015.  

The amount of money Moran has paid Robinson to nefariously funnel money into his campaign from individuals like Benderson, Beruff, Neal and other developers to buy politicians like Moran, totals $11,450.

BERUFF STUFFING MORAN INTO HIS POCKET
beruffBy the way Carlos Beruff’s part in the mockery of buying a Sarasota County Commissioner like Moran, was by funneling the maximum $200 campaign contribution into Moran’s campaign through 21 of Beruff’s controlled LLC’s.
MORAN APPROVED BERUFF’S PROJECT ON FORMER LAND FILL
Moran became a Beruff “favorite” for the county commission when he voted, as a member of the Sarasota Planning Commission, for Beruff’s residential project being built on a former documented, contaminated, toxic land fill.
MORAN GETS PAT “THE GODFATHER” NEAL’S KISS OF APPROVAL
“The Godfather” of the local political machine, Pat Neal had given Moran his kiss of approval back in June of neallast year when Moran made the trip to Neal’s corporate office in Lakewood Ranch seeking Neal’s approval. After kissing Neal’s ring, Moran received 5 maximum $200 from Neal’s LLC’s.
STEVENSON GETTING PAID TO STUFF MORAN INTO BENDERSON’S POCKET 
Mac Stevenson who is a member of the local trio of political operatives made up of Robinson, Waechter and Stevenson, who are corrupting Sarasota County and beyond, has received as of this date from Moran, as his political consultant, eight, $2,250 expenditures totaling $18,000.  
STEVENSON USED STEP SON TO FUNNEL DIRTY PAC MONEY
Mac Stevenson who is a member of the local trio of political operatives made up of Robinson, Waechter and Stevenson, who are corrupting Sarasota County and beyond, has received as of this date from Moran, as his political consultant, eight, $2,250 expenditures totaling $18,000.  
STEVENSON USED STEP SON TO FUNNEL DIRTY PAC MONEY
freyStevenson and Robinson, two political operatives joined at the hip with Waechter, as recently reported in THE SARASOTA PHOENIX, maliciously and shamefully used Stevenson’s 18 year old step son to stand in as Chairman of a PAC, which funneled $458,000 into another PAC that is used to maliciously attack and promote Robinson and Stevenson clients. SEEATTACHMENT # 5
ROBINSON AND STEVENSON ATTACK FELLOW REPUBLICANS
Not only did this PAC , actually managed by Robinson attack Moran’s opponent in the Republican Primary for Sarasota County Commission, Frank DiCicco , they funneled part of a $98,000 contribution to another PAC to attack Republicans Joe Gruters and Nora Patterson in their campaigns for the Florida State Legislature. SEE ATTACHMENT # 6
ROBINSON PRESENCE AS A SARASOTA SCHOOL  BOARD MEMBER IS SHAMEFUL
It is outrageous that Robinson, a documented liar and also documented for years as laundering hundreds of thousands of DIRTY PAC MONEY dollars into the over 50 PAC’s that he manages in order to promote or attack on behalf of his clients, for the financial benefit of individuals like  Benderson, Neal, Beruff and others for their “Pay to Play” scams, will soon become a Sarasota School Board member. SEE ATTACHMENT #6
Eric Robinson is a fraud, a documented liar, and the last place Robinson should ever be allowed to preside is on the Sarasota School Board. There is no way Robinson should serve on any School Board. Additionally, there is no way that Mike Moran, who is clearly documented as another mouthpiece for Randy Benderson, Pat  Neal, Carlos Beruff and a few others in promoting their “Pay to Play” scams, should become a Sarasota County Commissioner.

 

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