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Profile of Walter J. Browne
WALTER JOSEPH BROWNE AGE: 53
PROFESSION: President, National Federation of Public and Private Employees
HAS REPRESENTED: Workers for Broward County, jail division of the Broward Sheriff's Office, County Clerk of Courts Office, Broward Community College, Pompano Beach, Margate, North Lauderdale, Tamarac, Sunrise, Davie, Coconut Creek, Lighthouse Point, Pembroke Pines, Miami Shores and the Florida Lottery.
1974: Begins labor career as an organizer for the Federation of Public Employees, an affiliate of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. Eventually becomes president of the federation.
1984: Named to the Port Everglades Authority Commission, the seven-member agency governing Broward County's port.
1987: Begins lobbying for businesses at agencies where he represents employees.
1988: FBI begins investigation of Browne.
1992: Indicted on charges of tax evasion and mail fraud. Removed from the port commission.
1993: Federal judge throws out charges.
1996: Browne pleads guilty to reduced misdemeanor charge in a union election-rigging case. Gets two years probation.
1999: FBI intensifies investigation of Browne; up to 30 subpoenas handed out in Broward.
March 2000: William Coleman, a former port commission candidate and a shipping executive, pleads guilty to paying Browne $2,000, in violation of union anti-bribery laws.
May 2000: Hvide Marine is charged with unlawfully paying Browne $60,000.
Nov. 2, 2001: Browne and his sister Patricia Browne Devaney charged with racketeering in a 40-page federal indictment.