|Carlos Gimenez talking with Jose Luis Castillo in 2012 photo. Need a room full of people to wear T Shirts supporting your issue? Call Jose.|
The State Attorney's Office? Forget about it! Our State Attorney was knee deep herself in ballot fraud accusations in 2012 along with Mayor Gimenez so she will turn a blind eye.
MDPD? Absolutely not! The current director, one of his chiefs and a recently promoted major were all involved in the 2012 absentee ballot investigations. They are willing to let sleeping dogs lie since they obstructed the 2012 ballot fraud investigations in exchange for promotions. They would not touch that skeleton with a 10 ft. pole.
FDLE? Not a chance. Their current public corruption squad supervisor was the FDLE director in 2012 before she was demoted. She is good friends with our State Attorney and sat idle in 2012 while county investigators tried to put together cases against absentee ballot fraud violators. No help there either. The FBI? That hapless crew neither understands the game nor cares about our "little problem". They deem it as "business as usual in South Florida".
The scheme begins with the $3 million in campaign and PAC contributions that Gimenez has amassed from lobbyists, consultants, contractors and political gadflys. The monies are rumored to be funneled through Rafael Garcia Toledo through Gimenez's campaign manager Jesse Manzano and they are distributed to a cottage industry through ballot brokers such as Jose Luis Castillo (pictured above), Al Lorenzo, etc.
Every area of the county is covered by the absentee ballot brokers who pay cash to a cast of "boleteras" and "phone bank operators" who by now have secured rights at every elderly care facility, lunch hall and elderly activity center.
The true crime occurs when the elderly, the mentally ill and infirmed are "assisted" by these unscrupulous boleteras to vote for Gimenez and whomever else is listed on their preferred ballot slates. The ballots are then transported back in bundles (in violation of county ordinance) to Gimenez's "campaign offices" and eventually dropped in the mail assuring a Gimenez win. (See My 3 part series....on Absentee Ballot Fraud)
How prevalent is this crime you may ask?
Gimenez's own county employee Dottie Vazquez is an alleged ballot broker who is alleged to have collected hundreds of ballots in 2012. That is how she is alleged to have "earned" her county job and now works directly under Gimenez as a member of his office.
Who suffers as a result of this organized scheme to defraud? Democracy of course and we all do. This scam makes our vote worthless because elections are already won and lost by the time we go to the precincts. We suffer because our tax dollars are spent to ensure Gimenez's benefactors receive sweetheart county contracts.
Who benefits from this illicit scheme?
I would suppose the MDPD director. He owes his job to Gimenez and will do all he can to protect his interests even if that means obstructing or preventing future investigations and betraying the cause that originally attracted police officers to that profession. He will not risk the cushy jobs nor the padded retirement that awaits him in a few years.
What is there left to do? Protect our democracy and tax dollars. Vote and make sure your family and those you know vote. If Gimenez wins this election the next four years will be extremely difficult. Our public parks and properties are under siege by Gimenez and county government will become even more dysfunctional with his reelection.
If you dislike the direction Gimenez has taken our county make your vote count on August 31st and send Gimenez and his unscrupulous lobbyist friends packing. It is worth our effort, even if those law enforcement agency members (whose salaries we pay) sit by idle and fail to protect us from absentee ballot fraud.
This is how you do absentee ballot fraud...