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Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a reporter for the Palm Beach Post since 1986. She has covered a variety beats, including a decade as the paper's court reporter and another as data editor. She distinguished herself in her coverage of award-winning reporting on migrant farmworkers, the 2000 Presidential election and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She currently covers the environment, politics and special investigations. She still loves what she does.

Latest from Christine Stapleton

For former Palm Beacher Linda Cooney freedom and a new trial in Vegas
 The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned the attempted-murder conviction of former Palm Beacher Linda Cooney, finding the Las Vegas jury that convicted her in 2014 of shooting her son should not have been told that she had been charged — and acquitted — of shooting her ex-husband in Juno Beach in 1992. In a five-page ruling handed...

Posted: 8 hours ago

The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned the attempted-murder conviction of former Palm Beacher Linda Cooney, finding the Las Vegas jury that convicted her in 2014 of shooting her son should not have been told that she had been charged — and acquitted — of shooting her ex-husband in Juno Beach in 1992. In a five-page ruling handed...
Doctor in Chatman case caught working for drug treatment center
 Dr. Donald Willems, one of two doctors charged with insurance fraud at notorious drug treatment programs operated by Kenneth Chatman, was re-arrested on Friday and accused of violating the conditions of his bond. According to court records unsealed Friday afternoon, Willems continued working for a drug treatment facility, wrote prescriptions...

Posted: 18 days ago

Dr. Donald Willems, one of two doctors charged with insurance fraud at notorious drug treatment programs operated by Kenneth Chatman, was re-arrested on Friday and accused of violating the conditions of his bond. According to court records unsealed Friday afternoon, Willems continued working for a drug treatment facility, wrote prescriptions...
New charges in Kenny Chatman case: Evidence “massive”
   New charges have been filed against a doctor who worked for Kenneth Chatman’s notorious sober home operation, where women addicts were prostituted, held against their will and allowed to continue using drugs, according to court records. The new charges against Dr. Joaquin Mendez include conspiracy to commit health care fraud...

Posted: 19 days ago

  New charges have been filed against a doctor who worked for Kenneth Chatman’s notorious sober home operation, where women addicts were prostituted, held against their will and allowed to continue using drugs, according to court records. The new charges against Dr. Joaquin Mendez include conspiracy to commit health care fraud...
Sober home task force raid nets 20th arrest
 The Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force made its 20th arrest on Wednesday, charging Steve Johnson with 48 counts of patient brokering, alleging he paid referral fees to sober home operators for insured addicts. Johnson, 45, a 1990 graduate of Wellington High School, was being booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Wednesday...

Posted: 28 days ago

The Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force made its 20th arrest on Wednesday, charging Steve Johnson with 48 counts of patient brokering, alleging he paid referral fees to sober home operators for insured addicts. Johnson, 45, a 1990 graduate of Wellington High School, was being booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Wednesday...
Three more sober home operators arrested in Delray Beach
 Two brothers and a tattoo artist surrendered at the Palm Beach County jail on Sunday after learning they were being charged with dozens of counts of patient brokering for allegedly accepting kickbacks from Chapters Recovery, a drug treatment center in Delray Beach. Brothers Adam, 25, and Eric, 28 Lahr, of Palm Beach Gardens, each face 34...

11:40 AM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Two brothers and a tattoo artist surrendered at the Palm Beach County jail on Sunday after learning they were being charged with dozens of counts of patient brokering for allegedly accepting kickbacks from Chapters Recovery, a drug treatment center in Delray Beach. Brothers Adam, 25, and Eric, 28 Lahr, of Palm Beach Gardens, each face 34...
Sober arrests racheting up - Operator charged with taking kickbacks

2:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

A day after the arrest of Daniel Kandler - CEO of a Delray Beach treatment center — on 93 counts of patient brokering on Thursday — the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force on Friday arrested the owner of a sober home who allegedly accepted kickbacks from Kandler’s company. According to the arrest report, Kris Bayne,...
Donald Trump: Boca lawyer appeals mental health case against president
 Although a judge this week tossed the second attempt by a Boca Raton guardianship attorney to declare President Donald Trump mentally unfit to serve as commander-in-chief, the case is not over. Attorney James Herb filed his notice to appeal the ruling of Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Jaimie Goodman on Wednesday — a day after...

10:25 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Although a judge this week tossed the second attempt by a Boca Raton guardianship attorney to declare President Donald Trump mentally unfit to serve as commander-in-chief, the case is not over. Attorney James Herb filed his notice to appeal the ruling of Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Jaimie Goodman on Wednesday — a day after...
Drug treatment CEO arrested on 93 counts of patient brokering
 The owner of a Delray Beach drug treatment center raided in December was arrested Thursday on 93 counts of patient brokering for allegedly paying kickbacks to sober home owners who enrolled insured addicts his treatment program. Daniel Kandler, 41, owner of Chapters Recovery - formerly known as Good Future Recovery - was arrested on...

6:08 PM Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

The owner of a Delray Beach drug treatment center raided in December was arrested Thursday on 93 counts of patient brokering for allegedly paying kickbacks to sober home owners who enrolled insured addicts his treatment program. Daniel Kandler, 41, owner of Chapters Recovery - formerly known as Good Future Recovery - was arrested on...
Therapist: 90% of addicts in Chatman sober homes openly used drugs
 As many as 90 percent of the addicts who were supposed to be getting treatment while living in sober homes connected to the notorious drug-treatment businesses operated by Kenneth Chatman were openly using drugs, enabling Chatman to continue billing their insurance for millions of dollars in unnecessary drug tests, according to the former...

7:49 PM Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

As many as 90 percent of the addicts who were supposed to be getting treatment while living in sober homes connected to the notorious drug-treatment businesses operated by Kenneth Chatman were openly using drugs, enabling Chatman to continue billing their insurance for millions of dollars in unnecessary drug tests, according to the former...
Drug-treatment operator Kenneth Chatman expected to plead guilty
 Kenneth Chatman, the accused operator of a notorious drug-treatment business who allegedly pimped out female addicts, is expected to plead guilty in a federal case that accuses him of money laundering, health care fraud and sex trafficking, recently filed court records show. The documents also reveal that investigators recorded more than...

7:12 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Kenneth Chatman, the accused operator of a notorious drug-treatment business who allegedly pimped out female addicts, is expected to plead guilty in a federal case that accuses him of money laundering, health care fraud and sex trafficking, recently filed court records show. The documents also reveal that investigators recorded more than...
Anti-Trump protesters outnumber supporters as president departs
 More than 100 protesters turned their backs on President Donald Trump as his presidential motorcade sped on Southern Boulevard toward Palm Beach International Airport Monday — showing President Trump their disapproval with “No 45” signs pinned to the back of their shirts. For many of the protesters, Monday’s event...

12:25 AM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

More than 100 protesters turned their backs on President Donald Trump as his presidential motorcade sped on Southern Boulevard toward Palm Beach International Airport Monday — showing President Trump their disapproval with “No 45” signs pinned to the back of their shirts. For many of the protesters, Monday’s event...