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

Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida
 Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin needs a lesson in U.S. geography. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Monday, Putin denied that Florida was depicted in a propaganda video released last year showing Russian super missiles targeting Florida.  Florida, arguably the country’s most identifiable state...

Posted: 3 days ago

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin needs a lesson in U.S. geography. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Monday, Putin denied that Florida was depicted in a propaganda video released last year showing Russian super missiles targeting Florida.  Florida, arguably the country’s most identifiable state...
Art of the Disruption: Trump, the Red Cross gala and the season
 Before he was a disruptive force in American politics, Donald Trump was recasting and remaking relationships in Palm Beach’s winter social season. Take the case of Trump and the season’s most prestigious gala — the International Red Cross. In 2005, shortly after a new ballroom opened, the International Red Cross...

Posted: 14 days ago

Before he was a disruptive force in American politics, Donald Trump was recasting and remaking relationships in Palm Beach’s winter social season. Take the case of Trump and the season’s most prestigious gala — the International Red Cross. In 2005, shortly after a new ballroom opened, the International Red Cross...
Trump Foundation donated to charities that booked galas at Mar-a-Lago
 Nearly all of the $706,000 in donations made by the Donald J. Trump Foundation in Palm Beach County since 2008 went to charities that hosted lavish fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago — the president’s highest-profile business in the county. While the timing and frequency of the donations suggest charities that fete at Mar-a-Lago &mdash...

Posted: 14 days ago

Nearly all of the $706,000 in donations made by the Donald J. Trump Foundation in Palm Beach County since 2008 went to charities that hosted lavish fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago — the president’s highest-profile business in the county. While the timing and frequency of the donations suggest charities that fete at Mar-a-Lago &mdash...
Billionaire Jeff Greene discloses finances in governor’s race.
 Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach real estate investor who has promised to spend “whatever it takes” to become Florida’s next governor is worth about $3.3 billion, according to his financial disclosure form filed on June 20. Greene has already loaned his campaign $3.6 million and has received no donations since he filed to...

Posted: 18 days ago

Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach real estate investor who has promised to spend “whatever it takes” to become Florida’s next governor is worth about $3.3 billion, according to his financial disclosure form filed on June 20. Greene has already loaned his campaign $3.6 million and has received no donations since he filed to...
No bond for sober home owner dubbed serial fraudster
 Ken Bailynson, a former sober home operator described in a federal court on Friday as a serial fraudster, will remain in jail while he awaits trial on charges of money laundering and health care fraud. Federal Magistrate William Matthewman rejected bond, finding that Bailynson is a flight risk and poses an economic danger to the community...

Posted: 21 days ago

Ken Bailynson, a former sober home operator described in a federal court on Friday as a serial fraudster, will remain in jail while he awaits trial on charges of money laundering and health care fraud. Federal Magistrate William Matthewman rejected bond, finding that Bailynson is a flight risk and poses an economic danger to the community...
‘Largest health-care fraud’ takedown ever nets 124 in South Florida
 U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced today what he called “the largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers charging 601 people — including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses — with more than $2 billion in fraud. The takedown included 124 defendants in South...

Posted: 22 days ago

U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions announced today what he called “the largest health-care fraud takedown in history,” with more than 1,000 law enforcement officers charging 601 people — including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses — with more than $2 billion in fraud. The takedown included 124 defendants in South...
2 addiction treatment center owners indicted after reaping $50 million
 Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments on Wednesday charging eight people — sober home and drug treatment owners, employees and a doctor — with health care fraud and money laundering in two of the highest profile investigations in the crackdown on corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry. Kenneth Bailynson...

Posted: 23 days ago

Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments on Wednesday charging eight people — sober home and drug treatment owners, employees and a doctor — with health care fraud and money laundering in two of the highest profile investigations in the crackdown on corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry. Kenneth Bailynson...
Watchdogs, scholars say Trump breaking law by ripping up papers
 Two government watchdog groups on Thursday called on President Donald Trump to stop his practice of tearing up White House documents and papers. And the head of one of the nation’s foremost historical organizations said he believes Trump is violating federal law. Presidential historians say they are deeply concerned about published...

5:23 PM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

Two government watchdog groups on Thursday called on President Donald Trump to stop his practice of tearing up White House documents and papers. And the head of one of the nation’s foremost historical organizations said he believes Trump is violating federal law. Presidential historians say they are deeply concerned about published...
Happy 72nd birthday President Trump. You’re not the oldest president
 Happy birthday, Mr. President. President Donald Trump turns 72-years-old today and while he likes to be superlative at everything he does, he is not the oldest sitting president. President Ronald Reagan was 73-years-old when he began his second term in 1985. It’s not known how the president will spend his birthday but he has no public...

11:04 AM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

Happy birthday, Mr. President. President Donald Trump turns 72-years-old today and while he likes to be superlative at everything he does, he is not the oldest sitting president. President Ronald Reagan was 73-years-old when he began his second term in 1985. It’s not known how the president will spend his birthday but he has no public...
Who tapes together papers Trump rips up at Mar-a-Lago?
 It’s become a daily, White House ritual of sorts: A team of federal employees equipped with rolls of clear tape resume the ongoing, humpty-dumpty task of putting back together pieces of documents that President Donald Trump has torn up. It is a presidential habit that aides have not been able to break — and which apparently...

2:22 PM Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018

It’s become a daily, White House ritual of sorts: A team of federal employees equipped with rolls of clear tape resume the ongoing, humpty-dumpty task of putting back together pieces of documents that President Donald Trump has torn up. It is a presidential habit that aides have not been able to break — and which apparently...