The husband of Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to covering up more than $6,000 illegal campaign contributions for his wife in 2010.
John Taylor, 68, accepted three years of probation on charges of fabricating evidence, conspiracy and excessive campaign contributions. He must complete 150 hours of community service and pay more than $4,000 in fines.
He was arrested in February 2010, another blow to a city long plagued by public corruption. Prosecutors did not have enough evidence to implicate the mayor. But they had enough to arrest her husband, son Demetrius “Corleon” Taylor and Myra Taylor’s sister, Elvira Smith.
Myra Taylor won that November 2010 campaign, ushering herself back to the city’s top political post after pleading guilty to an earlier, unrelated misdemeanor charge and settling a tax case with the federal government.
Miami-Dade prosecutors said the Taylors, who run the private Vankara private school, used a school account to pay more than $6,000 for the cost of printing campaign materials that fall. The family’s company, New Beginnings, run from their church, also paid $783.93 for a political mailer.