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FBI investigating Sweetwater mayor's ties to towing company

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The FBI is investigating former Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño’s connections to a towing company and its dealings in his own city and Doral.

FBI agents have questioned local officials, police officers and others about Southland The Towing Company, which Maroño once owned while he was serving as mayor, focusing on whether there has been any official misconduct related to the towing of cars and payment of fines.

The FBI’s Miami regional office declined to comment about the existence of an investigation.

Southland, which public records show was formerly owned by Maroño in 2009, struck an “oral agreement” that year to tow cars in Sweetwater, although city has been unable to provide any records about this deal.

Records show that Maroño also represented Southland The Towing Company during negotiations with the city of Doral, where the towing business operated through a pilot program that began in July 2009 and ended just weeks after his August arrest in a federal corruption case.

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