The nephew of North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre strolled confidently into the office of a local businessman and offered assurances that he could control how the council votes.
As proof, Pierre’s nephew, Ricardo Brutus, points to an agenda item that he says he asked to have pulled the night before.
In an undercover video released Monday, Brutus is shown meeting with North Miami businessman Shlomo Chelminsky, who supported privatizing North Miami’s waste services – the item that was pulled from the agenda.
Chelminsky, whose family owns multiple apartment buildings and stood to benefit from any privatization efforts, cooperated with law enforcement to catch Brutus on tape.
Brutus, 31, Pierre’s re-election campaign manager, was arrested in March on charges of unlawful compensation, after the tape clearly shows him accepting a white envelope stuffed with bills from Chelminsky.