Convicted Miami-Dade lobbyist Richard Candia said he experienced a “wake-up call” when FBI agents came knocking on his door to flip him in an undercover bribery probe last summer.
Candia would embark on a journey that transformed him from a dirty insider who took cash in exchange for political favors to a humbled cooperating witness who helped the U.S. government win convictions of a local mayor and another lobbyist, according to his defense attorney and prosecutors.
And for all of that assistance, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke on Thursday gave the 49-year-old Candia a two-year probationary sentence -- including four months of home confinement and 100 hours of community service.
Cooke said she recognized the significance of his help and remorse. She also recognized he was a vulnerable man who had gone through financial difficulty, a divorce and the loss of his two parents when he decided to participate in an FBI-orchestrated grant scheme to rip off the federal government.
This post has been rewritten to reflect Candia was given probation and not prison time.