Roosevelt Bradley Used Taxmoney to Give Jobs to Friends & Relatives (Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate)
Posted by FactReal on May 1, 2011
|FRIENDS WITH CRIMINAL PAST|
|Connection: Friend of friend of then-MDT Director Roosevelt Bradley
Name: BEATRIZ FULLINGTON
Fullington was hired to a sensitive security division job via a temporary labor contract in 2005. Her husband worked for South Florida workforce executive director Marian Smith, a personal friend of then-Transit Director Roosevelt Bradley. She was fired in November 2005 after she was arrested on a grand theft warrant for stealing from her previously employer, a Broward hospital. An inspector general’s report in 2006 slammed the agency for: failing to conduct a proper background check; setting her $62,000 salary in the middle of the payrange instead of the $49,000 starting point; creating a sham competitive selection process with 105 candidates who weren’t interviewed; and tailoring the job requirements to match Fullington’s 9th-grade education.
It seems that Bonnie Todd, then-MDT’s chief of safety and security, was the whistleblower and Bradley retaliated against her: “Bradley had gotten himself into hot water after Beatrice Fullington, a felon with a ninth-grade education, was mysteriously appointed to a security management position. The Office of Inspector General investigated and found Bradley largely responsible for the hiring…Sources say Bradley began harassing Todd and others almost immediately after the investigation began, threatening firings for ‘lack of loyalty.’ Todd ‘contended that she was terminated for participating with the investigation,’ said Lee Kraftchick, chief of employment discrimination and labor at the County Attorney’s Office.'”5
“The Fullington investigation had further fallout. Bradley subsequently fired one of the inspector general’s key witnesses, safety and security director Bonnie Todd. Todd filed an unfair labor practices complaint. On the eve of her hearing, she was rehired into another position of equal stature at the transit agency at the same pay level.”6
Here is the 2006 Inspector General investigation.7
|Connection: Former aide to U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek (Democrat)8 Roosevelt Bradly has donated to her son, Kendrick Meek (Democrat).
Name: CHARLES R. WELLONS, JR.
Wellons is a retired Miami police detective and former aide to U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek. Implicated in the 1997 city of Miami vote-fraud scandal, Wellons was granted immunity and testified under oath that he received a plastic bag filled with $3,000 in cash from lobbyist Steve Marin to distribute to people campaigning for former mayor Xavier Suarez. Marin denied it and was never charged. Wellons was hired at transit via a temporary agency in 2004 and became a full-time worker later that year.
|Connection: Friend of lobbyist and confidant of then-Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler (Democrat)9
Name: MAURICE WILLIAMS
Maurice Williams, self-proclaimed mastermind behind fuel farm thefts at Miami International Airport, hired as a rail track repair supervisor in 2003 despite an extensive criminal past. Williams admitted in depositions that he received $300 a week in kickbacks from lobbyist Antonio Junior, a County Hall confidante of Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler, and from other fuel farm employees who were continuing to steal the fuel. Williams received immunity from prosecution in the fuel farm case as a whistleblower who helped investigators convict others. Williams also said he pocketed more than $50,000 in kickbacks from others who were convicted in the scandal. He admitted he had been purchasing ounce-sized quantities of cocaine in Miami and driving them in rental cars to his hometown, Troy, Alabama. One of Williams’ fuel-farm colleagues was murdered in a drug-deal-gone-sour.
|RELATIVES OF DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS|
|Connection: Daughter of then-County Commissioner Dorrin Rolle (Democrat). Rolle was also chairman of the Transit Committee and member of the Regional Transportation Committee. Also, Roosevelt Bradley and Commissioner Rolle had unethical business deals.
Name: YVETTE CURTIS
Less than a year after voters passed the half-cent sales tax, Curtis was hired to fill a personnel technician opening in the civil rights and labor relations office in July 2003. Records show that she started out at in the middle of the payscale despite being a new hire. Her 2002 salary was $12,310, but in 2007 it had increased to $42,542 plus $1,018 in overtime.
|Connection: Son of then-Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler (Democrat)9
Name: ARCHIBALD G. CAREY JR
Carey was a rail traffic controller and computer programmer. In October 2005 — while his mother was still on the commission — he was promoted from a tech support analyst to a higher-paying position as chief superintendent of rail traffic control. His mother resigned in December 2005. Two months later, Transit Director Roosevelt Bradley reclassified Carey and three other chief superintendents in rail traffic control from the supervisors union to an exempt, upper management status — and a higher payscale. He received two big bumps in a three-month period right after his mother gave up her seat in 2005. The result of the promotion and the reclassificaiton: Carey’s pay was boosted 63% between 2002 and 2007 — that is, from $70,761 to $115,427 annual salary.
|Connection: Son of former state Representative10 and current Miami-Dade School Board member Wilbert “Tee” Holloway (Democrat).11
Name: DWAYNE T. HOLLOWAY
Holloway was brought into the transit bus operations division via a temporary hiring agency and later became a full-time employee writing reports and investigating customer complaints. On his temporary employment application Holloway said he resigned in lieu of termination from his previous job as a corrections officer at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. BSO records, however, show Holloway was fired after failing a random drug test.
|1||Miami Herald, Transit hires after tax hike included the well-connected, Dec. 21, 2008,
|2||Miami Herald, Promise of transit tax derailed, June 8, 2008, ●http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/transit/part1.html|
|3||Miami Herald, Interactive Profiles, 2008,
|4||Maven Strategies LLC (MS) Consultants & Advisors,
|5||Miami New Times, Room with a View, Dec. 28, 2006,
|6||Miami Herald, Transit director is forced out, March 16, 2007|
|7||Inspector General’s Investigation of MDT’s Hiring of Beatrice Fullerton, May 3, 2006, ●http://www.miamidadeig.org/Reports/BradleyfinalresavedA.pdf#search=”bradley”|
|8||U.S. Rep. Carrie P. Meek (Democrat),
|9||The Palm Beach Post, Confidant of ex-Miami-Dade commissioner says he delivered kickbacks, June 29, 2009, ●http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/state/epaper/2009/06/29/0629_kickbacks.html|
|10||Florida House of Representatives, former Rep. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, Democrat, District 103, (2002-2007),
|11||Miami-Dade County School Board, member Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, Democrat, District 1, (2008-present), ●http://district1.dadeschools.net/bio.asp,
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