Wackenhut was accused of billing the County for no-show guards to the tune of between $3.3 to $5.8 million dollars. The money damages that County Commissioners would vote on tomorrow are not bad, however, in cases of fraud there is triple damages so they should be more, but I am not going to quibble on damages. What I don't like is the part where: Miami-Dade would end its bid to keep Wackenhut from doing business with the county. According to the Miami Herald the settlement says:
It (the County) would promise not to use the facts of this case against Wackenhut on current or future contracts...The county also agreed to clarify its final audit by Miami-Dade's chief auditor Cathy Jackson, saying her comments ``should not be construed to mean that the principals or management of Wackenhut engaged in fraud.''
What?? Wackenhut over-billed for years, why should we give them any more business? Bad deal Burgess. Anyway, didn't Wackenhut change their name, and you know how short memory is in this County. Their lobbyist for this settlement is Jeffrey T. Foreman.
We wrote about the Wackenhut story many times, here are three examples:
Wackenhut 1 - Wackenhut 2 - Wackenhut 3
Also NBC 6 is following the story and they have posted a video. Michelle Trimble was a whistle blower on Wackenhut, she would get $1.25 million if the deal is approved, and she is featured in the NBC video.