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Florida bridge collapse victim’s uncle blasts decision to let cars pass below unfinished span

March 18, 2018 |

Police in Miami say they have recovered all six victims from Thursday’s collapse of a pedestrian bridge after pulling the final two victims from beneath the rubble late Saturday night.
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‘Mad Nailer’ Terrorizing Florida Town

March 17, 2018 |

They call him the “Mad Nailer,” and he/she must be stopped. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports someone has been scattering nails in the intersections of Highway 1 in Oak Hill, Florida, for over half a year. Officials believe the nails are being left on the road on purpose. “If it…

Florida Bridge Collapse May Lead to Criminal Charges

March 16, 2018 |

“It’s obviously an accident,” the Miami Herald quotes Juan Perez as saying of Thursday’s deadly pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University. “We have to look to see if somebody contributed to that accident.” The Miami-Dade police chief says criminal charges are possible after the brand-new bridge collapsed, killing at…

Florida State Citrus Employee Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrencies

March 15, 2018 |

Florida State Citrus Employee Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrencies

This week a government employee working for Florida’s Department of Citrus (FDoC) was arrested for purported cryptocurrency mining using the department’s computers. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents, the IT manager mined BTC, LTC, and other digital currencies.

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Mining Cryptocurrency Using Government Computers

Florida State Citrus Employee Arrested for Mining CryptocurrenciesThe FDLE has filed charges against an IT manager named Matthew McDermott who is accused of mining cryptocurrencies using the FDoC’s computer system. Additionally, the police say McDermott paid $ 22,000 USD for 24 graphic processing units (GPU) using the Citrus agency’s credit card as well. The FDLE reveals that McDermott was taken to Polk County Jail and is being charged with grand theft and misconduct. McDermott will appear before the 10th Judicial Circuit for the mining allegations.     

“Through the diligence of the executive management team at the Florida Department of Citrus, our agency was able to minimize losses to the state,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen detailed during the arrest.

Thanks to the Citrus agency’s quick and appropriate action, we were able to investigate and arrest Matthew McDermott.

Florida State Citrus Employee Arrested for Mining Cryptocurrencies

Utility Bills Increase by 41%

Besides purchasing GPUs with a government credit card, FDLE agents discovered that McDermott had “multiple computers at the Department of Citrus” tethered to a mining pool. Moreover, police said that the Citrus agency’s electric bills had spiked last year.

“The IG noted that utility bills for the agency had increased by 41% between October 2017 and January 2017 — the increase amounted to nearly $ 825.00,” says the FDLE.

The news follows other government employees and IT staffers accused of mining cryptocurrencies in states like Louisiana, New York, and other regions. McDermott’s bail is set at $ 5,000 for the alleged crimes.

What do you think about the government employees mining cryptos on the state’s dollar? Let us know in the comments below.

Images via Pixabay, the FDoC, and the FDLE. 

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Honduran man pleads guilty in Florida mall bomb plot case

March 14, 2018 |

Court documents show a Honduran man is set to plead guilty in a plot to bomb a busy Florida mall food court in support of the Islamic State extremist group.
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NRA Immediately Sued Florida Over New Gun-Control Law

March 10, 2018 |

The NRA has filed a federal lawsuit over gun control legislation Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Friday , saying it violates the Second Amendment by raising the age to buy guns from 18 to 21, the AP reports. The lawsuit came just hours after Scott, a Republican, signed the compromise bill….

Florida Passes Gun-Control Bill in Wake of Parkland Shooting

March 8, 2018 |

Three weeks after a school shooting in Parkland left 17 dead, Florida lawmakers passed the state’s first gun-control legislation in over 20 years, USA Today reports. According to the AP , the bill passed Wednesday raises the legal age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and institutes a three-day waiting…


Florida Shooting Students Won’t Be Attending 2018 Oscars

March 4, 2018 |

The faces of the #NeverAgain movement won’t appear at the Oscars Sunday, a decision that will surely keep their strong, pure message far far away from “Hollywood.” Oscar production sources tell us familiar faces like Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin,…


Florida Shooting Survivor Kyle Laman Says Single Bullet Nearly Tore Off Foot

March 3, 2018 |

A student who survived the Florida shooting wants you to see how a single AR-15 bullet butchered his foot … mangling it to pieces. Kyle Laman – who was inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High when Nikolas Cruz opened fire and brutally murdered…

Rapper Rick Ross reportedly hospitalized in Florida

March 3, 2018 |

Rapper Rick Ross has reportedly been hospitalized after suffering a medical issue at his home near Miami early Thursday morning.
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