Ex-Fla. Mayor, Lobbyist Plead Guilty To Kickback Scheme

Law360, Miami (November 13, 2013, 5:41 PM EST) -- A former mayor of Sweetwater, Fla., and a Miami-area lobbyist on Wednesday pled guilty to fraud for their roles in a kickback and bribery scheme to obtain and keep thousands of dollars in federal grant money, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Former Sweetwater mayor Manuel L. Maroño and his friend and lobbyist Jorge L. Forte pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud in exchange for helping a company get federal grant money to prepare an economic development study for...
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