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As mayor of one town and attorney of another, Michael Pizzi carried out feds' bogus scheme


In Miami Lakes, Michael Pizzi held sway as mayor of the manicured town.

In Medley, he delivered legal advice as town attorney.

But in both municipalities, Pizzi used his public office to steer business to a company he thought would pay him kickbacks, according to the FBI.

Pizzi was arrested Tuesday on bribery charges stemming from an undercover investigation into public corruption. Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño and two lobbyists also were arrested.

If what the feds say is true, Pizzi’s unique position in two different governments is what helped him carry out a scheme to fleece federal grant money.

And yet, Pizzi was not prohibited from holding both offices, according to the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. In fact, Miami Lakes Councilman Tony Lama said it was never made an issue there.

“That has not come up on the dais with any of my colleagues,” Lama said.

The Miami Lakes mayorship is supposed to be a part-time job, paying $18,000 a year plus a $600 monthly car allowance. As attorney for Medley, he received $192,000.

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