Article Courtesy of The
By Paul McMahon and Susannah Bryan
Published December 19, 2017
SUNRISEŚ Broward Circuit Court Judge Steven Feren,
the former mayor of Sunrise, is under federal investigation, according
to two sources with knowledge of the inquiry.
Federal agents served a subpoena at City Hall on Tuesday, seeking
records regarding Feren and his efforts to purchase a condominium in the
Feren declined to comment Wednesday, saying he was attending a funeral.
Feren stepped down as Sunrise mayor in January 2009 after winning an
election to the circuit bench.
In late 2008, Feren got his deposit returned from the Tao Sawgrass
towers project in Sunrise after the economic turndown hit.
At the time, Feren told the Sun Sentinel he thought others also got
refunds and that he didn't get special treatment. He said he got a
refund about three months after sending a letter on his law firm
stationery to the original owner. Feren said the condo was to be ready
by February 2008 but was not finished in time, so the developer was in
default on the contract.
As mayor, Feren voted in favor of the project before buying a unit at
Tao. The 26-story twin towers on the edge of the Everglades remain