7 Investigates Appears to be like Again on the Tales of 2020 – WSVN 7News | Miami Information, Climate, Sports activities
(WSVN) – From real estate forgeries to allegations of sexual harassment at a Broward workplace, 7 investigates spent the year grappling with the problems facing South Florida. Kevin Ozebek of 7 looks back on what he and the team discovered in 2020.
In 2020, the pandemic didn’t stop us from finding answers.
Kevin Ozebek: “Chris, can we speak to you about these text messages that you sent?”
7 Investigates identified allegations of sexual harassment against Pembroke Park Supervisor Chris McKine, who was accused of sending pornographic images to an employee on his cellphone on display in the city.
Chris McKine: Yeah, I’ve regretted everything I’ve done.
According to our story, the case against him was settled and McKine lost his job.
We saw Tim Ahlborg from Lauderhill endure homophobic abuse.
Richard Ross, neighbor: “[Expletive] Timothy. “
Tim Ahlborg: “Thank you, Richard.”
Richard Ross: You’re welcome [expletive]. ”
Tim Ahlborg: “Yes.”
From a neighbor who lived in his apartment.
Tim Ahlborg: “I’m actually recording you now.”
But Tim was even more concerned when he called the police, and the officer wouldn’t file a report.
Tim Ahlborg: “I was very angry.”
Lauderhill Police finally filed this report after 7 investigators started asking questions.
This year we met Jennifer Willis.
Jennifer Willis: I couldn’t breathe. I was – I’m sorry. “
She fell in love with a home scam after vacationing during the pandemic.
Jennifer received two checks and was asked to cash them and send the money to certified office supply providers.
Jennifer Willis: “The money was cleared so I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.”
But the checks and vendors were fake and Jennifer was hooked for $ 9,000.
Although she didn’t get a single penny back, Jennifer says she has resumed one of her two part-time jobs, but admits the money will take a long time to pay off.
We also looked at the double disaster in the Bahamas, which struggled with both COVID-19 and the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Ed Stroebel, Hope 4 Hope Town: “Imagine going through this whole pandemic with no running water to wash your hands.”
We investigated a second public health crisis in Key Largo.
Jennifer Jones, Dengue Fever Survivor: “It literally feels like your eyeballs are trying to be ripped off your head.”
Dozens of people became seriously ill because of an outbreak of dengue fever.
Leonardo Bello, survivor of dengue fever: “I’ve just reached a point where I could hardly walk. Your feet begin to peel off like the skin is falling off. “
Ernie Young reached out to 7 investigators after learning that his new landlord was not who she claimed to be.
Ernie Young: “This is an Airbnb that she rented and sold on the internet as her own.”
Fort Lauderdale police say Britnee Theiss cheated on Ernie. She disappeared until Detective Jesse Gossman spotted her on the spring break.
He identified Britnee by checking our report on his phone.
Detective Jesse Gossman, Fort Lauderdale Police Department: “She’s the one who was on the news for the Airbnb thing.”
And we pushed for answers after a dream trip turned into a nightmare.
Batuka Williams, Hadley Park Senior: “I need the money, especially now.”
Members of a senior group at Charles Hadley Park paid around $ 2,000 each for a cruise in Alaska in 2018. Months later, Miami city park director and agent Antavius Howell informed them that the trip had been canceled.
Charlean Cobb, Sr. at Hadley Park: “We were all heartbroken, but he said,” Don’t worry, we’ll get our money, we’ll get our money back. “
Howell died unexpectedly this year without giving all of the money back. A city spokeswoman tells us she can’t comment until the Miami police complete an investigation.
Charlean Cobb, Senior, Hadley Park: “Shame on you! Two to three thousand dollars. That’s a lot of money so that nobody can say anything. “
This police investigation continues, but after we see our story, a local company steps in to get these seniors extra money for Christmas. We’re bringing you the holiday update on these 7 investigates on Christmas night at 10 p.m., right here on December 7th.
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