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Ethics complaint filed against Sachs over residency

by Dara Kam | June 28th, 2013

Sen. Maria Sachs has been hit with an ethics complaint accusing her of lying about where she lives.

Matthew Feiler, a Tamarac resident, filed the complaintcomplaint on Thursday, accusing Sachs, who was elected to the Broward-Palm Beach District 34 seat in November after a brutal election against Republican former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, of falsifying public documents and violating state law requiring that lawmakers live in the districts they represent.

Sachs, whose district office is in Delray Beach, claims she lives in a Fort Lauderdale condo owned by lobbyist pal Judy Stern. But the complaint alleges she actually lives at a $1.5 million estate in Boca Raton owned by the former prosecutor and her husband Peter.

The complaint was filed after a WPLG Miami “Local 10″ investigation by Bob Norman. Private investigators videotaped Sachs arriving at her Boca home and leaving in the morning. The conservative website “Media Trackers” first questioned Sachs’s living arrangements in April.

The dispute about Sach’s living arrangements came up during hearings on Stern’s daughter Barbra’s appointment by Gov. Rick Scott to the state Elections Commission. Barbra Stern is part-owner of the condo Sachs claims is her home.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee signed off on Barbra Stern’s appointment, but only after Chairman Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg, questioned Stern of Fort Lauderdale — about her ownership interest in the unit. Stern at the time said her mother paid the bills on the unit, that she hadn’t visited the condo for years and she had no idea who lived there.

The Sachs-Bogdanoff battle was one of the most expensive – and ugliest- state Senate races last year. Republicans had hoped to keep Bogdanoff in the Senate in the newly-drawn district, but Sachs’s victory helped Democrats gain two seats in the chamber.

Wednesday’s complaint is Sachs’ latest ethics challenge. The commission found probable cause earlier this month that Sachs failed to properly disclose a Tallahassee condo along with her state legislative income on three years’ worth of financial disclosures. The panel decided not to punish her because she amended the forms.

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5 Responses to “Ethics complaint filed against Sachs over residency”

  1. JB Says:

    Barbra serves on the Florida ELECTIONS Commission, not the Florida ETHICS Commission.

  2. The ship is sinking Says:

    http://www.local10.com/news/south-floridabased-state-senators-residency-debated/-/1717324/20726464/-/r2lhe4z/-/index.html

  3. Ted the Nimble Says:

    That figures…a democratic lying about something…same old , same old. Also the whole hypocritical thing they also do. She’s rich and her party wages a war on the rich. Par for the course.

  4. Typical Says:

    Sachs = LIES

    at least she could have done what current Congressman Patrick Murphy has done-moved 3 times to finally find a district he could get elected in.

    Let’s not forget former FL Congressman Robert Wexler who ‘represented’ FL but lived with his family in MD and came down to stay with his ‘in laws’ when he needed to ‘talk’ with his constituents.

    NO paying of FL taxes, NO paying of FL insurance, NO putting up hurricane shutters, NO frequenting local businesses he represented.

    Something is ROTTEN and this does not just infect democrats.

  5. Collagen Says:

    “$1.5 million estate in Boca Raton” Thats a Wow.. Rich senators poor public. Story through out the ages. Its again the same old times…

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