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Lawyer says Jose Canseco received payment on investment, has copies of checks to prove it


By New York Daily News



The lawyer for the Miami media executive who received threats from former major leaguer Jose Canseco via Twitter says he has copies of at least two cashed checks by Canseco that prove the slugger received money on a 15-year-old investment.


Sandy Becher, who represents Haute Living publisher and CEO Kamal Hotchandani, said Thursday that he has proof Canseco received approximately $50,000 back on his original investment in AMG (Advanced Multimedia Group) -- an investment Becher says was $250,000, not the $350,000 amount Canseco claimed earlier in the week. But the one-time Bash Brother, who has been blasting Hotchandani via Twitter, said Thursday that he thinks Hotchandani is "a con man," and that he "will prove Kamal Hotchandani is a liar."


"I got nothing back," Canseco told the Daily News. "How come Jose Canseco hasn't gotten a dime back?"


Becher said the two cashed checks from 2004 and 2005 are a stock redemption payment and a liquidation payment.


"Since it has been 11 years and past the record-keeping requirements, we are in the process of obtaining even more documentation from the relevant law firms and accountants that were involved in the transaction to further confirm this," said Becher. "There is a robust list of businessmen in that venture that received back payments."


Becher said earlier this week that his client is seeking an order of protection against Canseco and that federal and state authorities are looking into the matter.



Jose Canseco takes to Twitter to bash and threaten Haute Living CEO Kamal Hotchandani, could be in legal hot water


By New York Daily News



 Remember when Jose Canseco's biggest controversy was outing baseball steroid cheats in his two tomes, "Juiced" and "Vindicated"?


The former Bash Brother has taken to Twitter with his latest rant, railing against media executive Kamal Hotchandani, the CEO and publisher of Haute Living. Canseco told the Daily News Wednesday that he thinks Hotchandani stiffed him out of a 15-year-old, $350,000 investment in Hotchandani's company, AMG (Advanced Multimedia Group) International.


"I wrote (Hotchandani) the check and years and years and years later, didn't hear anything about it," Canseco said. "I figured it was an investment and it takes years to recoup your money or make a percentage. Then all of the sudden I lost track of him. I tried to get a hold of him. He never returned my phone calls. Tried it every year. I said, 'I've had enough. I'm pissed off.'"


But Canseco's Twitter threats directed at Hotchandani - in one post yesterday, Canseco fumed, "People get killed for less than 350k kamal" -- may land him in legal hot water, and Hotchandani's attorney told The News that in addition to his client seeking an order of protection against Canseco, federal and state authorities are already looking into the matter.


"We are seeking an order of protection and we expect to get one quickly. It would keep Mr. Canseco from contacting Kamal directly or indirectly through a third party, and (Canseco) must not be within 500 feet of Kamal at his home or office. If Canseco walks into a restaurant and Kamal is there, Mr. Canseco has to leave," said Miami attorney Sandy Becher, who represents Hotchandani. "We have state and federal authorities in various jurisdictions investigating and monitoring the situation. We will pursue any and all civil and criminal action (against Canseco). We believe (Canseco) has committed cyber-stalking and intimidation, at a minimum." Becher said Hotchandani has already been cooperating with authorities.


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Man arrested after Hollywood cop bound with bedsheets, robbed at hotel


By Sun Sentinel



Packed and ready to relocate to Arizona, a Hollywood Police Department veteran of nearly 30 years was bound with bedsheets, pistol whipped and robbed while staying at a Plantation hotel the day after his retirement last month.


One of three suspects who police say burst into Sgt. William "Billy" Ferguson's room at the Residence Inn on April 16 was arrested late Thursday.


The ordeal left him scraped, cut and shaken, Ferguson said when reached by cellphone in Arizona on Friday. "It's been very hurtful," he said. "That's what it's done to me. It's hurt me after all these years."


Jerry Exume, 20, of Miami, is being held without bond at the Main Jail on charges of kidnapping and armed burglary with battery.


Ferguson, 54, retired April 15 after 28 years with the Hollywood Police Department. He spent 11 of those years as a homicide detective.


Ferguson and his wife, Mary, had already sold their home and were staying at the Residence Inn until their departure for Arizona when violence and aggression came calling at Room 305.


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Cantante Paulina Rubio y Colate Continuarán Compartiendo la Custodia de su Hijo


By E! News



Un juez decidió que el pequeño Andrea seguirá bajo el poder de sus padres por igual…


Finalmente la pugna que mantenía la chica dorada por la custodia de su hijo llegó a su fin…


Pero por con un resultado que quizás no sea de su total agrado…


El juez George Sarduy de una corte de la ciudad de Miami acordó que tanto Paulina Rubio como su aún esposo Nicolás “Colate” Vallejo Nágera seguirán teniendo los mismos derechos y deberes sobre el hijo que procrearon durante el tiempo que estuvieron juntos, Andrea Nicolás.


Según comentó el abogado del español, Sandy Becher, a Univisión, su defendido fue seguido por un detective que buscaba demostrar “que se quedaba demasiado lejos del niño y que le fumaba en la cara”, pero según él nada de esto fue comprobado.


“Al final, el juez decidió mantener la custodia compartida de Andrea Nicolás turnándose semana a semana el menor y la posibilidad de que Colate lleve a su hijo a España”, señaló Becher.


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Valet Sues LeBron James' Mom Over Fontainebleau Incident


By Hufftington Post



The parking valet on the end of a slap from LeBron James' mom fired back this week in a lawsuit alleging he suffered emotional distress, humiliation, mental anguish, medical expenses, the loss of the ability to earn money, and the loss of capacity for enjoyment of life.


Rockfeller Sorel hired lawyer Angela Cohn, who filed the suit Tuesday in Miami-Dade court. A day later, a grainy video appeared on gossip website TMZ showing the altercation at the posh Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, the infamous slap and a tumbling Gloria Marie James.


In the suit, Sorel asks for damages of more than $15,000 for negligence, assault and battery. It says that James, 43, "verbally abused and threatened" Sorel, "creating a well founded fear in the Plaintiff that violence was imminent."


In an interview Wednesday, Sorel's lawyer said the "verbal abuse" included a profanity-filled tirade that included personal attacks, and a racial obscenity.


The suit goes on to say that "the losses are either permanent or continuing and Plaintiff will suffer the losses in the future."


"All he was doing was his job,'' Cohn said. "He did not know who she was, and he did not ask for this to happen."


Sorel, Cohn added, hasn't returned to his job as a parking valet at the Fontainebleau and "his future is unclear there."


Lawyers for Gloria James responded with a statement.


"On behalf of Ms. Gloria James, we do not comment on pending legal matters,'' said attorneys Christopher G. Lyons and Sandy Becher. "Therefore, we will not have any comment regarding the civil lawsuit, which was filed yesterday."


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Rapper Flo Rida "I Am NOT That Baby's Daddy!"





Flo Rida is in the middle of a paternity war -- even though the rapper claims he has scientific PROOF he's NOT the baby daddy.


Mr. Rida is accused of fathering a son with a woman named Gloria Halloway. The kid was born earlier this year.


Flo's attorney, Sandy Becher, tells TMZ ... the rapper took a paternity test last month that ruled him out as the boy's father ... but he used a pseudonym to protect his identity.


But Halloway isn't buying it -- claiming she has yet to see a document with Flo's REAL NAME on it ... and her lawyer, Damon McDougal, tells us, "There is absolutely nothing to indicate that [Flo Rida] was sampled."


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Rapper Flo Rida a Big-Time Cheapskate? Ex-Assistant Sues Over Low, Low, Low Wages


By E! News



Flo Rida is getting a bad rap from his ex-assistant.


A woman who says she worked for the rapper is suing him for unspecified damages, claiming that he stiffed her out of a fair wage by offering measly compensation.


So how low did Flo allegedly go?


Mahogany Miller claims she was paid $3.08 an hour—less than half the federal minimum wage—for a 65-hour work week.


In the suit, filed Jan. 27 in U.S. District Court in Miami, Miller alleges that she endured long hours when she started working as an administrative assistant for the rapper (real name: Tramar Dillard) in August 2011, but couldn't handle the job's low salary.


When she aired her concerns to him, she was allegedly fired within a day.


Miller's attorney, Robert Harris, tells E! News exclusively that the current lawsuit will be amended soon to include other counts.


No good feelings from this former Flo Rida employee, that's for sure.


The rapper's lawyer, Sandy Becher, tells E! News, meanwhile, that they have not yet been served with the suit that was filed on Jan. 27, and that "Flo is being falsely targeted for doing something out of the goodness of his own heart."


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Rapper Flo Rida Arrested for DUI in Florida





Rapper Flo Rida was arrested early Thursday morning in Miami Beach for a DUI and for driving with a suspended license.


"He had a blood alcohol level of .185 which is well over the legal limit," Deborah Doty, a spokesperson for the Miami Beach Police Department, tells PEOPLE.


Flo Rida, 31, who was born Tramar Dillard in Carol City, Fla., attracted the attention of Miami Beach police when they saw him driving erratically through the heart of South Beach in his two-door 2008 Bugatti.


According to the police report, his car was swerving. When the rapper was stopped, the officer saw that he had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on his breath.



P. Diddy Grammy-Nominated Gospel Star Alleged Deadbeat Dad


By PageSix.com



RAP producer and gospel singer Mario Winans – nephew of Broadway star Benjamin “BeBe” Winans – is refusing to support his 3-year-old son, his ex-lover says.


Janel Bennett, who was in an eight-year relationship with Winans before she had her son, Jordan, claims she was evicted from her home in Miami because Winans won’t pay child support. She told us she is “homeless and living with friends on the South Side of Chicago,” where she works as a cocktail waitress.


In 2005, the Miami Herald reported, “A DNA test shows a ‘99.99 percent probability’ that Winans is the biological parent.” Documents filed in a Miami-Dade, Fla., court last Jan. 2 stated, “Mario Winans is obligated to pay Janel Bennett $4,500 per month due on the first of each month as child support.”


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Salvage Principals Face Prison Terms, $10.3M Restitution in Asbestos Case





Five people who managed or owned a salvage firm that removed salvageable metals from a defunct Hamblen County plant face prison terms and $10 million in restitution for environmental crimes and negligence that likely exposed unwitting workers to asbestos, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


The five had earlier pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a felony count each of conspiring to violate federal laws that regulate disposal of asbestos, which can cause lung disease and increase susceptibility to some kinds of cancer.


According to the EPA, the defendants over a series of years were liable for the improper bagging and disposal of asbestos from the old Liberty Fibers plant, and they failed to provide workers the proper protection equipment. The government also alleged plant operators tried to hide the fact that improper disposal of asbestos was occurring.


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The Rise and Fall of Internet Sports Bookie and Poker Pro James Giordano


By The Village voice



Last Wednesday, a former bookmaker named James Giordano stood up in a Queens courtroom to be sentenced for promoting illegal gambling.


Giordano, 55, was indicted in 2006 for running a sports betting website in the Caribbean that banked millions of dollars in bets from dozens of U.S.-based bookies and thousands of individual gamblers. Just over three years later, the case was finally at an end.


The hearing was brief, a routine matter of the kind that takes place in courtrooms all the time, and the sentence—five months in prison—hardly seemed noteworthy.


But for those who have followed Giordano's case, his sentencing was a characteristically ambiguous end to an epic battle being fought over your right to place a wager on the Internet.


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4 Bulgarians Arrested in Miami Over USD 2 M Elaborate ATM Thefts


By Novinite.com



Four Bulgarian nationals have been nabbed in Miami over hijacking ATMs and stealing at least 2 million dollars using tiny cameras and card readers. Nikolai Arabov, 37; Stanimir Kolev, 36; Diyan Dobrev, 34 and Denislav Filipov, 19 all face charges involving grand theft, criminal use of personal identification and credit-card fraud, the Miami Herald reported.


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