The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 31
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 31

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 B9 White Collar Crime Attorney Urges Maximum Sentences for themselves through a special tax on land investments," he said. "I think the state has an obligation to protect its citizens against fraud and, deceit, even if it means extra costs." Offering additional internships, giving academic credits instead of salaries, for law students to work with investigative agencies. "I know some of these proposals will cost money, but they could pay ADVANCED MDKAL JESTING OPIN MON thru FRI. CENTER 1:10-4:30 3923 Lake Worth Rd., Suite 210, Lake Worth, Fla Just East of Kirk Rd. THE PROFESSIONAL MART BLDG. PREVENTIVE HEALTH SCREENING IS IMPORTANT! I'.' 4 A stigations through joint task forces. Current regulatory agencies are fragmented and often lack proper direction because of poor coordination, he said. Requiring judges to order offenders to pay back victims of swindles. All fines paid "by swindlers would go to persons who bought fraudulent securities. Setting up computer centers around the state, where at a push of a button, potential investors could learn of past complaints against companies, backgrounds of land salesmen and financial stability of development firms. Creating public nonprofit corporations, with skilled financial ana: lysts, to review possible investments for persons lacking backgrounds to review land offerings. Requiring university professors, skilled in economics, business and other backgrounds related to real estate," to work with state agencies investigating fraud. Academicians, he says, have offered little assistance while "staying in their own, isolated shells." 33 Blood Tests from only one blood sample . . . Plus - Electrocardiogram (EKG) (Interpreted by Lie. Physician) and Urinalysis. Plus free blood pressure check for mf a full year. Mm I .W l 964-4577 Call Now for Information & Appointmtnt PAP TEST $300 AU TESTING BY FIA. STATE LICENSED & REG. PERSONNEL. SUPERVISED WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. TALLAHASSEE (UPI) - An attorney who spent the past 18 months in the state Comptroller's Office investigating and prosecuting Florida land fraud says the legislature should pass a law setting minimum two-year prison terms for white collar crimes. Ed Kuhnel, who recently resigned as Comptroller Gerald Lewis' general counsel, feels that because of a shortage of funds to investigate security scandals, putting swindlers in jail for at least two years would be the best deterrent to land fraud. Judges, said Kuhnel, have been unusually light on criminals commit-tingeconomic, white collar offenses. "I'm not criticizing judges or inferring they are dishonest, but what I'm saying is they run in the same social circles, country clubs and organizations frequented by white collar criminals," Kuhnel said. "When it comes time to sentencing, judges find it difficult to give harsh sentences to white collar criminals they know or who have had reputations of being some of the most respected members of their communities. As a result, these people get off with slaps on the wrist which encourage rather than deter crimes like land fraud." Kuhnel says Florida has become "a haven for swindlers." Unless the legislature takes immediate steps to crack down on white collar crime, more people will lose their life savings by inadvertently purchasing securities on existent property or land which lacks proper financial backing. Kuhnel this month will take a job as general counsel for a Fort Myers firm overseeing private Canadian land investments in Florida. "An economic crime is a violent one since it involves stripping people -of their life savings, strips them of their dignity and often puts them on welfare rolls or causes suicides," Kuhnel said. "Hard and swift action against white collar offenders, putting them in jail for two years alongside of street criminals, will show that Florida views these crimes as serious offenses." Kuhnel also advocated: Creating a "consumer advocate general," an elected Cabinet officer who could coordinate fraud inve """HOW,,. mil ii ii i no I - i iiiiiih - "'-.- AP Wirtphoto SNOWMAN 'Dean Holiday' as he was nicknamed by students at Florida Southern College, assumed his annual perch atop the schools' planetarium. An idea of Vice President David Reddick, the snowman has been towering over campus for the past 12 seasons. The head, made of cloth stretched over an aluminum frame, is 15 feet in diameter and sports a graduation cap complete with two tassels. Gn m G2 People Don't Expect Fancy Furnishings WEST PALM BEACH 842-6000 BOCA RATON 391-6380 STUART 286-1900 BELLE GLADE 996-0900 FT. PIERCE 465-7970 VERO BEACH 569-4141 lAJhat you hear may change your life! "That's a very grandiose building," he said. In 1966, the Cabinet threw out all bids for office furnishings for two University of South Florida classroom buildings following allegations the specifications were slanted to favor one firm. It resulted in a saving of several thousand dollars. Last year, the state auditor accused an official of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services of buying furniture and equipment, including a $947 executive desk and credenza, without bids or on invalid bids. The biggest howl probably came in 1951 when an audit charged that $6,-000 allegedly was lost in furnishing the Supreme Court Building and some Senate offices. The audit said furniture was missing, prices above retail were paid and that an employe of the commission that handled the purchases had an interest in a firm that provided some of the items. The audit came two years after the purchases and the loss could not be recovered. furniture ATIP TALLAHASSEE (UPI) - The flap over $115 ashtrays for the new Capitol and an $8,431 desk set for House Speaker Don -Tucker's office indicates the taxpayers do not want or expect fancy furnishings in state buildings. Tucker returned the controversial desk and credenza, saying he thought he was acting properly but was convinced by the storm of criticism that he was wrong. He didn't mention that the purchase, an issue in his re-election campaign, almost cost him his seat. It is nothing new only the officials and buildings involved have changed. Similar uproars have occurred nearly every time the state puts up a building or, at least, every time the press bothers to publish a list of prices of furniture and other trappings. When the Supreme Court Building was erected, it was $40 wastebas-kets, mahogany desks and a $1,000 radio, later returned, that raised a hue and cry. A few years later, a shocking pink private toilet for the head of the old Development Commission brought angry cries. But General Services Director Jack Kane, who caught most of the flak over the ashtrays and $3,000 sofas for public lobbies of the $43 million Capitol, does not think there is a need for a special panel of citizens to oversee furniture purchases. "There's no way to take the heat out of it," he said. He feels the furor over Capitol furniture estimates he submitted to the governor and Cabinet grew out of the fuss about Tucker's desk. "It's emotion and politics," Kane said. "It was reaction to the Tucker desk fuss." He recalled that the very same items passed through the Cabinet without comment last year, but the 1975 legislature, strapped for money, decided to put off the furniture appropriation until this year. When the 1976 budget went over a few weeks ago, the Cabinet rejected it and ordered a 30 per cent cut. Kane said the same level of furnishings was approved for the new State Archives Building and the House office building wing. ii fc 1 11 AVING CHAIRS LJ U U M 1 VJV LARGE SELECTION OF SIZES IN N TO XW BREATHING PIG SKINS alto SMOOTH IN LEATHERS ARONBERG'S 807 LAKE AVE LAKE WORTH, FLA. Established - 1938 (33333 mm HOT m BAiiet A.Rts foundation, inc. presents Ballet Ails Company in NUfCRACKER A Compli-le Ballet By TSCUAIKOWSKI Director, Marie Hale mm. Jit f rtsni IVV'i mm rTTTT-ITl A rata (0E9) WHinm gklD December 29-30, 1976 PALM BEACH AUDITORIUM Tickets 4.50, 6.00, 7.50 available at Auditorium

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