Third Florida mayor arrested on corruption charges this month. Mayor Steven Bateman, 58, of Homestead, Florida, was charged with two felonies. According to United Press International on Aug. 29, 2013, was paid by a non-profit health care firm while lobbying his fellow city officials.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Bateman was lobbying his own city officials without disclosing his financial relationship with the non-profit firm, Community Health Care of South Florida Inc. (CHI).
This third Florida mayor to be arrested was being paid $125 an hour to lobby for county approval of a sewer connection to a clinic, which was on the drawing board. Bateman was already paid $3,625, but the company had approved $120,000 for the full year. He was charged with 2 felony counts for accepting illegal compensation and misdemeanors that included unregistered lobbying.
In addition to this third Florida mayor arrested, two others in Florida already got themselves into hot water. As reported previously in "FBI arrests mayors: 2 South Florida mayors taken into custody." Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maron were caught up in an FBI sting operation earlier this month.
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