Mayors of Miami Lakes, Sweetwater in Florida Arrested on Bribery Charges

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 6, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

FBI agents arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater in Florida, Michael Pizzi and Manual Marono, on Tuesday on bribery-related charges.

The Miami Herald reports that the two were arrested at their City Hall offices and are expected to appear in Miami federal court on Tuesday afternoon.

Pizzi is serving his second term as mayor and Marono has been mayor since 2003. 

They were both surprised by the arrests, a source told CBS.

Governor Rick Scott said in a statement that the news of the arrest is disappointing. “Public officials must be held to the highest standards,” he said. “While we wait to see the evidence, the fact remains that elected officials must be held to the highest standard.”

The information behind the arrest is not yet clear. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.