Mayor Of Sweetwater Guilty In Corruption Case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The suspended mayor of Sweetwater in Miami-Dade County and a lobbyist have pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

Mayor Manuel Marono and lobbyist Jorge Forte entered the guilty pleas Wednesday to conspiracy charges stemming from an undercover FBI sting. The FBI says they accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to push for federal grants that they also intended to keep for themselves.

The Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and another lobbyist were also charged in the same case. Pizzi has pleaded not guilty, while the lobbyist has yet to enter a plea.

Marono and Forte each face a maximum of five years in prison at sentencing in January before a Fort Lauderdale federal judge. But under federal guidelines they would probably get less time behind bars.

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