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Ex-head of Broward Teachers Union pleads not guilty to fraud

Ex-head of Broward Teachers Union pleads not guilty to fraud

The former president of the Broward Teachers Union pleaded not guilty to fraud charges on Monday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. Pat Santeramo, 67, of Sewall's Point, is free on $50,000 bond pending two separate trials on federal and state charges. He has denied all the allegations against him. He was indicted earlier this month in federal court on allegations he misappropriated about $35,000 from the Broward School District's accountability program between 2006 and 2011. The district gave an $80,000 annual payment to the union for training programs, guest speakers and other educational purposes. Authorities said Santeramo improperly diverted about $300 a month to...

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