Holly Baltz

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EXCLUSIVE: Betsy Savitt guardianship report alleges ‘wrongdoing by sitting judges’
 A confidential investigation into controversial professional guardian Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt contains “allegations or suggestions of wrongdoing by sitting judges,” an administrative judge revealed on Wednesday. The revelation surfaced during a first-of-its-kind hearing, held in West Palm Beach, into whether...

Posted: 16 days ago

A confidential investigation into controversial professional guardian Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt contains “allegations or suggestions of wrongdoing by sitting judges,” an administrative judge revealed on Wednesday. The revelation surfaced during a first-of-its-kind hearing, held in West Palm Beach, into whether...
Judge Martin Colin had a hand in his wife’s guardianship cases, state says
 Former Circuit Judge Martin Colin, his finances in shambles in the fall of 2009, asked an attorney who appeared regularly in front of him to step out from the courtroom into the hall. There in the corridor, Colin’s wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt, waited. The judge then asked lawyer Sheri Hazeltine to represent his spouse...

Posted: 20 days ago

Former Circuit Judge Martin Colin, his finances in shambles in the fall of 2009, asked an attorney who appeared regularly in front of him to step out from the courtroom into the hall. There in the corridor, Colin’s wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt, waited. The judge then asked lawyer Sheri Hazeltine to represent his spouse...
Florida governor’s race: Gillum, DeSantis are the battling 39-year-olds
 It’s the battle of the 39-year-olds ... at least until mid-September, when Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Florida governor, turns 40.  His younger opponent, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum, won’t turn 40 until July next year. Here are some more interesting facts we found about the two, as the race heats...

Posted: 23 days ago

It’s the battle of the 39-year-olds ... at least until mid-September, when Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Florida governor, turns 40.  His younger opponent, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum, won’t turn 40 until July next year. Here are some more interesting facts we found about the two, as the race heats...
Florida fertile ground for drug company to sling fentanyl
 Florida, the reputed epicenter of the opioid crisis, served as fertile ground for a pharmaceutical company accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful fentanyl spray. The Sunshine State topped the nation in 2014 and 2015 for patients and claims to Medicare for the medicine manufactured and marketed by Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

Florida, the reputed epicenter of the opioid crisis, served as fertile ground for a pharmaceutical company accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful fentanyl spray. The Sunshine State topped the nation in 2014 and 2015 for patients and claims to Medicare for the medicine manufactured and marketed by Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics...
Local doctor in indictment of fentanyl execs: I committed no crime
 A Palm Beach County physician — one of the nation’s top prescribers of a highly addictive fentanyl spray — believes he is one of 10 unidentified doctors described in a federal criminal indictment against executives of a pharmaceutical company prosecutors say bribed doctors to prescribe the drug. The indictment lists...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

A Palm Beach County physician — one of the nation’s top prescribers of a highly addictive fentanyl spray — believes he is one of 10 unidentified doctors described in a federal criminal indictment against executives of a pharmaceutical company prosecutors say bribed doctors to prescribe the drug. The indictment lists...
Ex-Boca school counselor used exotic dancer, models to push fentanyl
 Alec Burlakoff once worked as a guidance counselor and basketball coach at a private Boca Raton prep school, but then he jumped into the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals. It would never be the same. As national sales chief for Insys Therapeutics, he helped direct the hiring of a former exotic dancer from West Palm Beach, models and even...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

Alec Burlakoff once worked as a guidance counselor and basketball coach at a private Boca Raton prep school, but then he jumped into the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals. It would never be the same. As national sales chief for Insys Therapeutics, he helped direct the hiring of a former exotic dancer from West Palm Beach, models and even...
Master salesman Burlakoff mixes ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ with Big Pharma
 Alec Burlakoff told his sales staff at Insys Therapeutics that “The Wolf of Wall Street” was the “best sales training video in history.” Now, the maverick salesman from Boca Raton faces federal criminal charges that he played fast and loose marketing a fentanyl spray. The movie, about machismo capitalism run amok in...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

Alec Burlakoff told his sales staff at Insys Therapeutics that “The Wolf of Wall Street” was the “best sales training video in history.” Now, the maverick salesman from Boca Raton faces federal criminal charges that he played fast and loose marketing a fentanyl spray. The movie, about machismo capitalism run amok in...
Preserving Mar-a-Lago: A look at historical features Trump can’t touch
 Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was Mrs. Edward F. Hutton when she commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth to build her a 58-bedroom Spanish Revival palace on 17 acres of jungle between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth. The home is anchored to a coral reef with concrete and steel to withstand hurricanes.  Post wanted a place where...

5:54 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was Mrs. Edward F. Hutton when she commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth to build her a 58-bedroom Spanish Revival palace on 17 acres of jungle between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth. The home is anchored to a coral reef with concrete and steel to withstand hurricanes.  Post wanted a place where...
Hurriance Irma: Palm Beach Post reporters’ best tips for riding out the storm
 Are you a hurricane newbie? Afraid you’re forgetting something important? Lots of people at The Palm Beach Post have been through hurricanes  before and are happy to share from the experiences. So here are some of our best tips for riding out a hurricane:  Can’t find water? Freeze a load of ice from drinking water in jugs...

6:08 PM Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

Are you a hurricane newbie? Afraid you’re forgetting something important? Lots of people at The Palm Beach Post have been through hurricanes before and are happy to share from the experiences. So here are some of our best tips for riding out a hurricane:  Can’t find water? Freeze a load of ice from drinking water in jugs...
Huge health-care fraud sweep: Only 1 addiction treatment case in Fla.
 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...

2:10 AM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...
VIDEO: Detectives find home drenched in feces where PBC baby starved to death
 Tayla Aleman’s temperature was 90.4 degrees when she arrived at the emergency room, the ER doctor told sheriff’s detectives hours after the 13-month-old died from starvation, according to court documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post. Palms West Hospital workers tried to resuscitate Tayla, already cold to the touch, but...

1:28 PM Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017

Tayla Aleman’s temperature was 90.4 degrees when she arrived at the emergency room, the ER doctor told sheriff’s detectives hours after the 13-month-old died from starvation, according to court documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post. Palms West Hospital workers tried to resuscitate Tayla, already cold to the touch, but...