Rose Harr Lives High Life While Awaiting Criminal Trial

By  //  October 1, 2014

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docket sounding for Harr, Needelman Nov. 12

ABOVE VIDEO: BlueWare is touting a new “free” feature – “Wellness Connection” – which purports to provide “28 different modules of software to create an Electronic Health Record for your hospital, for your community, for your state, or your country,” according to the company’s website. According to associated social media pages, since the disputed scanning contract and $5.7 million payout to BlueWare, Inc. in November 2012, Harr and/or company representatives have travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Fiji, Great Britain, Atlanta, Paris, Chicago, and to Brevard County.

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories on the Brevard County Clerk/BlueWare scandal for Space Coast Daily by Charles Parker.  He has covered this story from its inception and has been regarded as the reporter-on-record throughout. 

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Rose Harr, the BlueWare executive criminally charged in connection to a disputed 2012 contract with the former Brevard Clerk of the Circuit Courts, has continued business ventures and personal travel despite the looming court case.

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Rose Harr

Rose Harr

And the question remains: Will Brevard County taxpayers have to pay her way?

According to associated social media pages, since the disputed scanning contract and $5.7 million payout to BlueWare, Inc. in November 2012, Harr and/or company representatives have travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Fiji, Great Britain, Atlanta, Paris, Chicago, and to Brevard County.

Scott Ellis

Scott Ellis

The company is based in Cadillac, MI and has an office in the United Kingdom.

As well, the BlueWare is touting a new “free” feature – “Wellness Connection” – which purports to provide “28 different modules of software to create an Electronic Health Record for your hospital, for your community, for your state, or your country,” according to the company’s website.

Currently, the Brevard County Clerk of Courts – led by current clerk Scott Ellis – is suing BlueWare and associated entities to recoup the $5.7 million. As well, Hewlett Packard Financial Services is suing the clerk’s office for failure to pay back a loan associated with the contract.

Mitch Needleman

Mitch Needleman

Former clerk Mitch Needelman borrowed the money from HP to pay BlueWare just days before his election defeat to Ellis in November 2012. Ellis claims that the clerk’s office cannot borrow funds for such purposes.

Adding to the confusion are the criminal cases against Harr and Needelman. Matt DuPree, an associate of Needelman and later a BlueWare employee, was also charged.

All of the cases, criminal and civil, have been moved to Seminole County due to their high profile nature. The next related court hearing is a docket sounding for Harr and Needelman, scheduled for November 12.

Harr did not respond to a media request from Space Coast Daily.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Parker is a longtime resident of Brevard County and has been writing for various publications for the last 40 years – both print and digital. Parker covers space, politics, religion, and other news and special events for Space Coast Daily.

Charles Parker

Charles Parker

Currently, he is an aerospace engineering teacher at Merritt Island High School. He is also the director of both the da Vinci Academy of Aerospace Technology and the Academy of Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism at MIHS. He is a professor of Humanities and World Religions at Eastern Florida State College and Valencia College.

Parker has worked extensively in the tourism and aerospace industries in Brevard. He has also been a United Methodist pastor and director of a non-profit to help young adults aging out of foster care. He was formerly a board member at Brevard Achievement Center and the Childcare Association of Brevard. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Children’s Services Council from 1999-2003.

Parker earned a BA in Organizational Management from Warner University and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is married, has four children and one grandchild.

AUTHOR NOTE: These views are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Brevard Public Schools, Eastern Florida State College, or Valencia College.

You can follow Parker on Twitter @cparker_scd


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