Florida tax cheats file fraudulent homestead exemptions

As local governments slash budgets amid a downturn in the real-estate market, Miami-Dade and Broward counties are more aggressively pursuing and punishing people who make fraudulent claims when it comes to homestead exemptions.

Steven Grundt was among those who got caught, and he's not remorseful.

Grundt recently rented out his Cooper City home without telling the Broward County Property Appraiser's office to remove his homestead tax benefit, as required by law.

''I figured I would try to get away with it,'' said Grundt, 54, who traded his Broward digs for Bloomfield, Conn., 18 months ago

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