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Florida Gov. Rick Scott formally removes Sweetwater mayor from office

@PatriciaMazzei

Florida Gov. Rick Scott formally removed Manny Maroño from office late Friday, a day after the former Sweetwater mayor was sentenced to more than three years in prison for accepting bribes.

Scott had suspended Maroño, once one of his close Republican allies, in August, after the feds arrested him as part of an FBI corruption sting. Maroño pleaded guilty in November to honest-services fraud for illegally splitting $60,000 in a sham federal grant with lobbyist Jorge Forte.

A federal judge sentenced Maroño on Thursday to three years and four months in prison. He will surrender March 31.

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