By Francisco Alvarado of the BrowardBulldog.org
Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera is a generous big brother.
On October 09, 2008, about a month before then-state Rep. Lopez-Cantera won re-election by nearly 20 percentage points, his sister and her husband, a Miami-Dade police lieutenant, got into the electioneering business, forming High Ridge Consultants.
Eleven days later, Lopez- Cantera’s campaign cut High Ridge a $7,500 check — the first of several payments totaling $37,500 for claimed re-election campaign work done in 2008 and 2010.
Lopez Cantera’s all-in-the-family arrangement became the focus of a public corruption probe four years ago by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office into the alleged theft of campaign funds.
BrowardBulldog.org obtained a close out memo that explains how investigators determined that Lopez-Cantera’s sister, Monica Cantera-Serralta and husband Gadyaces Serralta, made a profit of nearly $10,000 during the 2008 campaign. Detectives did not examine payments made during the 2010 campaign.
Assistant state attorney Howard Rosen, who authored the March 14, 2011 close out memo, concluded that no crime was committed. Story here.