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Coral Springs hostage Robert Levinson was hit with IRS lien months after capture in Iran

Logan Fazio — dubbed the world's most glamorous paparazzo — struts around Miami’s South Beach looking for celebrities.
Logan Fazio — dubbed the world's most glamorous paparazzo — struts around Miami’s South Beach looking for celebrities.
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If Coral Springs resident Robert Levinson was working for the CIA when he was kidnapped in Iran in 2007, no one told the IRS.

Levinson, the longest-held U.S. hostage ever, was socked with an Internal Revenue Service lien 11 months after he was taken while visiting an Iranian island.

According to records, the tax man went after Levinson, a retired FBI agent who officially worked as a private detective, for unpaid income taxes totaling $11,686.50.

News reports last week revealed that Levinson was not really on a business trip when he disappeared: He was gathering intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program.

The lien, meanwhile, was recorded in January 2008 on Levinson's $700,000 home in the The Isles development.


Someone paid the debt three months later —on the first anniversary of his capture.

The Levinson family’s lawyer hasn’t returned calls for comment.

celebrity paparazzo

Miami Beach paparazzo Logan Fazio describes what she’s been doing as “performance art.”

And, whatever you call it, it has been getting her worldwide attention: Photos of the 35-year-old Fazio hard at work are burning up the web.

What's so special about her?

In a world dominated by pudgy, sweaty men in oversized cargo pants, the Florida Atlantic University graduate looks more like the celebrities she ambushes or finds on the red carpet.

The madness surrounding her looks kicked off last weekend when she started looking for celebrities attending Art Basel in a vintage top and Victoria’s Secret bikini bottom.

Suddenly, colleagues who never gave her a second look were photographing her photographing celebrities.

“I'm on the beach looking for celebrities practically every day anyway,” Fazio said, “so, I said to myself: ‘Why don't I wear a bikini?’ ”

The first to bite: Rocker Lenny Kravitz, who started chatting up Fazio on the beach and wouldn’t let her go.

“For me, this is a social experiment,” said Fazio. “It's a bit of performance art about society’s approach to fame and celebrity. What is fame? Who’s famous? I put on a bikini, and suddenly I’m fielding interviews all day.”

huizenga sells

The former majority owner of the Miami Dolphins finally unloaded his prime real estate “teardown” on a Fort Lauderdale canal for $6.4 million — $3.5 million less than what he hoped for.

Billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga sold his compound two years after it was first listed for $9.9 million.

The buyers: investors and Miami City Ballet benefactors Henry and Harriet Pownall.

Built in 1984, Huizenga’s mansion was always considered a teardown by Realtors. The two acres of land jutting into the Intracoastal, however, is the property's most valuable feature.


Emilio Marrero, the highly respected news director at WLTV-Channel 23, suddenly resigned his gig after 23 years at the Univision affiliate. His last day is Thursday.

The official line: He’s seeking new opportunities.

What’s hush-hush: Marrero and rookie general manager Mike Rodriguez aren’t seeing eye-to-eye and butted heads over the past few months, a newsroom insider tells Gossip Extra.

Marrero contributed to making the station a legitimate player that consistently beats English-language stations in the rankings.

Neither Marrero nor Rodriguez returned calls for comment.

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