By Javier Manjarres
Democrat State Legislator Daphne Campbell is use to running from things. First she ran from reporters looking to ask her questions about corruption allegations, and then her husband is reported to have ran red lights on five different occasions.
Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo has been on the Campbell case, and personally starred in one of the 2011′s funniest politician-chasing videos. Remember this gem of a video where Campbell screams out “I am a celebrity?”
Back in 2011, then “rookie State Legislator and longtime Nurse Daphne Campbell” showed up at a Governor Rick Scott bill signing ceremony at Miami’s Jackson-Memorial Hospital, and actually took to the podium that the Governor had signed her very first sponsored bill. Like we said then, the irony “with Campbell attending Governor Scott’s Healthcare reform bill signing is that Campbell herself along with her healthcare business are possibly under criminal investigation for Medicaid fraud.”
Now according to Caputo’s story, Campbell’s husband has been caught on tape running five red lights with his Honda Odyssey Mini-Van.
A Campbell family minivan has racked up five tickets for running red lights since 2010. Most citizens would slow down. But Daphne Campbell isn’t like most citizens. She’s a Democratic state representative who has another way to deal with future red-light tickets: file legislation to ban the traffic-surveillance cameras that shot video of her husband’s Honda Odyssey breaking traffic laws.
The story outlines the Campbell’s IRS woes, Mr. Campbell’s 2007 guilty plea of falsely using someone’s Social Security number, and the ‘slum lord’ allegations made about their group home, Professional Group Home.
Miami-Dade is also a Medicaid fraud capital. Campbell and her husband own businesses that bill Medicaid. And the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating them two years ago. Their son, 30-year-old Gregory Campbell, faces Medicaid fraud charges in an alleged $300,000 scheme.
Many in Miami-Dade have tax problems. Campbell is from Miami-Dade. And she and her husband last spring were slapped with $145,000 worth of liens. The IRS also began examining the Campbells over financial transactions involving a web of family healthcare businesses. Two former business associates told The Herald and IRS that the Campbells scammed them.
Miami-Dade has questionable mortgages. The Campbell’s own numerous properties in Miami-Dade. Campbell’s husband pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal charge of falsely using someone else’s Social Security number to obtain $829,103 involving six separate loans, one of which was from a Honda dealership.-Miami Herald
Now Campbell is crying foul regarding her husband’s red light-running mishaps, saying that “It’s a lie” and that the camera that caught her husband running the light ” is a made up story.
On Friday in an interview with a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times state capital bureau reporter, Campbell also disputed the evidence of the red-light tickets issued to her husband’s Honda Odyssey.
The company that runs the ticketing program, American Traffic Solutions, provided video of the minivan running red lights on two occasions. It also furnished a photo of the back of the Odyssey showing a Campbell campaign sticker.
“It’s a lie,” she said. “That camera is a made up story. You can do anything with the computer now.”
So here are the video clips of Daphne Campbell’s husband’s Honda Odyssey running two red lights. Watch how close he comes to colliding with oncoming traffic.
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