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Mayor Manny Maroño, early Rick Scott backer and appointee, busted in bribery case

@MarcACaputo via Jay Weaver:

FBI agents Tuesday arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater on bribery charges related to government contracts in their towns.

Agents arrested Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel “Manny” Maroño at their City Hall offices.

Pizzi and Maroño are expected to make their first appearances in Miami federal court Tuesday. It’s not clear yet how the cases are related.....

Maroño and former North Bay Village Manager Jorge Forte launched a public affairs and business development firm, 7 Strategies.

Forte and Maroño, who had known each other since high school, named the company in a reference to Scott’s seven-step plan to create 700,000 jobs in seven years. 7 Strategies is focused on strategies that forge “better ties” between clients and the public sector, the partners told The South Florida Business Journal in 2011. It also lobbies on behalf of some clients...

“We know how local government works, how the state works, how the county works and how the governor works – which is the most important part,” Maroño told the Business Journal. “We know how the governor works.”

Breaking news story here.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/06/3545612/fbi-arrests-mayors-of-miami-lakes.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/06/3545612/fbi-arrests-mayors-of-miami-lakes.html#storylink=cpy

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Foo

Lets see how far the collateral damage goes. Lots of illegality in hialeah for decades

Miami is a Banana Republic

Is bribery still illegal in Miami?

RS

I wouldn't be surprised if Rick Scott is being investigated by the FBI too.

Todd Wilson

More of the same from our criminal governor

Johnbon@tampabay.rr.com

Is ANYONE shocked?

Robyn Luongo

Criminals Hang out together!

Candice Alphonse

There is a fine line between a sting and entrapment and I think Pizzi was framed. The notion that Pizzi was somehow going to steal Federal Grant money for himself is a ridiculous assertion by the Feds. What does seem clear is that Becker & Poliakoff stepped in it and needed to turn some of their clients into stooges in an effort to deflect the real blame.

Rey

I don't believe anything that they are saying about these mayors especially mayor maroño he has done so much for his town and has always shown good faith for his town. A small town that has transformed into a buzzling city under his administration..

Rick

If you believe that marono is a good person you are an idiot. First of all his entire family including several friends work for the city. For gods sake his mother was just elected. He was also present when a teen was beaten because a police officer claimed a teen stole is jet ski. So marono watched his police officers rupture a teens liver and pancreas. Thank you FBI for not letting these two a-holes continue to steal from hard working americans.

Lazaro Marono

you are idiot rick and ANGERING do your homework before you run your mouth IDIOT...PIECE OF SH__..

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