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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi, Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono Arrested By FBI on Bribery-Related Charges

Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono were arrested by the FBI on bribery-related charges Tuesday, the MiamiHerald reported.

Both were arrested by agents at their City Hall offices and are expected to make their first appearances in Miami federal court Tuesday afternoon, the newspaper reported.

Pizzi and Marono are expected to be suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott as they await trial, the Herald said.

"This is disappointing. Public officials must be held to the highest standards," Gov. Scott said in a statement. "While we wait to see the evidence, the fact remains that elected officials must be held to the highest standard."

According to his bio on, Pizzi was born and raised in Brooklyn and moved to South Florida in 1988. When Miami Lakes was incorporated in 2000, he was elected to the Town Council.
He was elected mayor in 2008 and reelected in 2012. He also serves as the attorney for the town of Medley and received his JD from the University of Miami, where he was first in his class, his bio said.

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