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Tamarac mayor latest to face corruption charges

Prosecutors indicted the mayor of Tamarac Wednesday, the ninth elected official in Broward County to be charged with public corruption in the last two years.

The latest to be accused: Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco, 57, for allegedly selling her vote to developers who contributed $21,000 through a political action committee to smear her opponents and support her 2006 mayoral campaign.

The father-and-son developers, Bruce and Shawn Chait, have figured prominently in the indictments of four other public officials in Broward – suspended Tamarac commissioner Patricia Atkins-Grad, former Tamarac Vice Mayor Marc Sultanof, suspended School Board Member Stephanie Kraft, and convicted former County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion.

The Tamarac mayor's arrest comes less than a month after a statewide grand jury said Broward’s School Board is so corrupt it wished it had the constitutional authority to abolish it. Flansbaum-Talabisco, who won re-election to a second term in December 2009, turned herself in at the Broward County Jail Wednesday morning after state prosecutors charged that she sold her vote to approve the Chaits’ unpopular planned community of more than 700 single-family homes on a former golf course near Florida’s Turnpike and Commercial Boulevard. Full story from The Herald's Daniel Chang here.