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North Miami mayor pays $8,000 elections fine

North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre has settled a case with the Florida Elections Commission for improperly reporting information on his 2011 campaign finance reports.

Carol Keys, who ran unsuccessfully against Pierre in 2011, filed a complaint with the commission alleging, among other things, that he understated the value of bus bench ads and a billboard she said he received for less than market value. She also alleged, in at least one instance, he received more than the $500 campaign contribution limit from a single donor. Keys is a vocal critic of Pierre.

The commission found portions of the complaint were credible.

Pierre “falsely reported or deliberately failed to report information” required by Florida statutes 14 times, he certified that three of his finance reports were accurate when they were not, and he accepted a contribution in excess of the $500 limit, according to the commission’s findings. The commission did not specify the source of the donation.

Pierre paid the commission $8,000 in civil penalties to settle the case.

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