Articles Tagged with palm beach county

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Roger-Wittenberns-300x169Roger Wittenberns of West Palm Beach, Florida was arrested on Monday for allegedly causing a car crash that led to the death of Uber driver J. Gerald Smith in September last year. Wittenberns, 61, faces charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI causing injury, and vehicular homicide.

He turned himself in and was booked into Palm Beach County Jail on June 12. His bond was set at $450,000 during his first court appearance on Tuesday morning. If he bonds out of jail, he will be placed on house arrest and is not to have contact with any witnesses. The judge made an exception for his wife, Patty Ann McQuiggin, who is one of the witnesses in the case.

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Kenneth-Chatman-300x190Kenneth Chatman of Boynton Beach, Fransesia Davis of Lake Worth, and Michael Bonds of Delray Beach have been arrested by federal agents for running sober homes that allegedly allowed recovering addicts to use drugs. This allegedly occurred in order to abuse the patients’ insurance plans and lead the patients into prostitution.

The trio were arrested and charged together with their facilities’ medical directors: Donald Willems of Weston, Joaquin Mendez of Miramar, and Laura Chatman, Kenneth Chatman’s wife. It is unclear if any of the six have attorneys.

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William F. Davis JrWilliam F. Davis Jr., Palm Springs Village Public Services Director, was arrested on November 29 for allegedly receiving unlawful rewards in exchange for official favors. Davis faces charges for organized scheme to defraud and unlawful rewards for official behavior. He was held in lieu of $8,000 and has since bonded out of jail. The press didn’t name an attorney for Davis.

According to Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office, Davis reportedly received almost $20,000 in bribes from contractors Carlo and Luigi Basile of AKA Services over the past six years. The Basile brothers believed that the town would pay them faster for their sewage and water services if they bribed Davis to accelerate the process.

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Iskander and Fowler Jr.Howard James Fowler Jr. and Ehab Iskander are the latest Palm Beach County halfway-house owners to be arrested by the Sober Home Task Force on alleged patient brokering charges. The two men are accused of receiving illegal kickbacks for brokering insured patients to Whole Life Recovery, a Boyton Beach treatment facility.

Fowler, 26, of Delray Beach, Florida, was arrested on Monday on 14 counts of patient brokering. He was ordered held without bond at Palm Beach County Jail until he can prove that the money he uses to post bail is legally obtained.

Iskander, 33, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested on Tuesday on six counts of patient brokering. His bond was set at $18,000 and he was released once the state confirmed that the money he provided to bail out of jail was not obtained from brokering patients. The press did not name attorneys for the two men.

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Estania EloiEstania Eloi is taking legal action against Heart to Heart Learning Center in Belle Grade, Florida, after her 11-month-old son, Nathaniel, suffered second degree burns at the daycare center and allegedly received no medical help from daycare staff. The incident occurred on November 7. Eloi had dropped her son off at the center and was later called to pick him up, but she allegedly wasn’t told what had happened to him.

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