Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login

Site Notices
Posted: 2/2/2020 7:47:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/2/2020 8:06:23 AM EST by AJ-IN-JAX]

Thursday afternoon, seven months after a mandatory filing deadline, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried reported her 2018 income to the Florida Ethics Commission. That required information was missing from the document she initially filed last July, but went unnoticed for nearly seven months. Her failure to comply with the state's financial disclosure law was first reported by The Capitolist more than a week ago.

But Fried's newly reported income of just $72,000 falls short of explaining how Fried became a millionaire between June of 2018 and June of 2019. She claimed a net worth of just over $271,000 on her 2017 disclosure, which she filed in mid-2018, but on her report for fiscal year 2018, she listed a new net worth of $1.4 million, a one-year gain of $1.13 million in new wealth.

The spike in Fried's wealth includes a $701,000 luxury home she was gifted by her boyfriend (now fiance), Jake Bergmann, sometime in early January 2019. Even accounting for the new home, Fried's assets still went up another $530,000 in value: a checking account balance that increased from $29,000 to $196,000, another $360,000 in assets she placed into a blind trust, and a handful of minor gains in other accounts.

Due to differences in reporting date requirements, it's almost certain that Fried's net worth calculation includes income earned in the first half of 2019 that isn't required to be reported until July of this year. But even then, her primary income source would be the sum total of all her paychecks during her first six months as Agriculture Commissioner. That amounts to roughly $65,000 before taxes, which, even if she saved every single penny, doesn't come close to explaining the remaining difference in Fried's new wealth.

A spokesman for Fried declined to comment for this story.
View Quote
Link Posted: 2/2/2020 1:05:54 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/2/2020 6:25:17 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/2/2020 6:26:43 PM EST by jjrockbush]
Cannabis connection?

The majority of the Fried's net worth increase is tied to a $701,000 home that was purchased in Tallahassee, Fl. TR recovered a deed for the property, dated February 2, 2019, that shows the grantors as "Jake Bergmann and Nicole Fried as joint tenants with rights of survivorship."

Fried show no debt associated with the property on her financial disclosure form.

Mr. Bergmann resigned as the CEO of Surterra when Fried won the general election due to their personal relationship which reportedly began around January, 2018.

Surterra is one of the largest cannabis companies in Florida. In August 2018, Surterra raised $65 million including an investment from William Wrigley Jr, who is now Chairman of the Board.

Based on media reports, Bergmann still has an interest in Surterra.
Link Posted: 2/3/2020 12:01:54 AM EST
Marijuana $$$$
Link Posted: 2/3/2020 6:55:27 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/3/2020 12:55:40 PM EST
Something to think about isn't it. How all elected political leaders on both sides. Once elected magically become millionaires.
Link Posted: 2/3/2020 1:29:02 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/3/2020 2:49:08 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/3/2020 2:50:04 PM EST by Baddy]
Figures, FL politics seems to be lag only a little beyond the NE as far as pay-to-play, corruption, and other schemes goes. And figures that Fried would have more than one angle on her pro-cannabis push during her campaign (luring young voters to vote for her and now this.)

Also love the latest news where the R’s are trying to enforce having her ugly mug removed from the gas pump stickers and now her dept is complaining “but it’s too expensive! Boohoo!

Link Posted: 2/3/2020 3:13:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/4/2020 5:09:33 PM EST
you nailed it in the op
Link Posted: 2/13/2020 3:00:45 AM EST
Or mystery "NGO" pays off the house while under Jake's name, then he gifts it to Nikki, but we cannot look into HIS financials because they are not married yet.

Still Money Laundering 102: Pay off the spouse/goomah/main squeeze so it cannot be traced to those who must file financials by law.
Link Posted: 2/13/2020 8:44:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/13/2020 12:17:44 PM EST by deputygadget]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Miami_JBT:
No one ever leaves politics poor.
View Quote
Exception.....signers of Declaration of Independance many paid heavy prices including death and loss of everything so that the political leaders following in their footsteps can become millionaires and billionaires.......
Top Top