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Lobbyist turned "con man" arrested

The Broward County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Charles Brady, a one-time lobbyist who was fined by the Florida Senate back in 2005, on charges that he swindled people and that he passed himself off as a Harvard-educated attorney. The sheriff's office called Brady a "clean cut con-man" who swindled over $50,000 from people and even got a mortgage broker to obtain a black American Express credit card in his name.

Brady Brady also managed to get into a Fred Thompson fundraiser and passed himself off as a lawyer to the former U.S. senator, the sheriff's office said. The fundraiser was held at the home of prominent cardiologist Zachariah Zachariah, who is one of Brady's victims.

In April 2005, the Senate fined Brady $2,500 and banned him from lobbying until after the 2006 session. Brady was accused of taking $6,000 from a client and then failing to register as a lobbyist.

At the time Brady blamed the failure to register as a "foul up" and said it was entirely "accidental."