Pizzi transcript


This is a transcript of the July 30, 2010, conversation between Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Tom McGrath, a retired Hialeah cop who at the time chaired the town’s planning and zoning board. McGrath was acting as a confidential informant for Miami-Dade Police looking into his allegations that Pizzi was conspiring to plant cocaine or otherwise compromise fellow town councilman Richard Pulido. The probe was suspended after several months without charges. The key part of the often disjointed conversation outside Shula’s Steak House in Miami Lakes, covertly recorded by McGrath, runs less than five minutes. Portions of it are inaudible, including a two-minute stretch in the middle when the men are walking. Some words or phrases are marked as partially inaudible as well.

McGrath: (Inaudible)

Pizzi: I don’t give a f---, Tom, Just do it, Tom. Just f------- do it, Tom.

McGrath: Do what?

Pizzi: Anything.

McGrath: (Partially audible) … want to follow through on the other thing?

Pizzi: I don’t care what you have to do, Tom. Rig the f------ brakes in his car. F------ take him out. I don’t want to see him anymore. I don’t want to see him anymore.

McGrath: You want to do the (partially inaudible)?

Pizzi: Yeah.

McGrath: How do I get it done? I mean, I need the stuff.

Pizzi: (Partially inaudible) … I can get you the stuff.

McGrath: How?

Pizzi: (Inaudible).

McGrath: (Inaudible).

Pizzi: (Inaudible).

McGrath: (Inaudible).

Pizzi: Of course!

McGrath: (Partially inaudible) … all right, he declared war on me because … you know what the funny thing is what we have written today is what I said at the meeting.

Pizzi: It was true. It was true!

McGrath: So enough of your f------ talking around.

Pizzi: Take him out. Now he’s after you.

McGrath: So, but I need to .. (Partially inaudible),

Pizzi: What was your question? What happens when somebody declares war on you and they’re after you and then you get away with it?

McGrath: No, what?

Pizzi: He’s going to get you.

McGrath: OK, but fine.

Pizzi: Either he gets you or you get him.

McGrath: I know but fine. You can make that thing happen for me?

Pizzi: What do you want me to do, Tom?

McGrath: (Partially inaudible) OK. How do I get it?

Pizzi: OK.

McGrath: How do I get it?

Pizzi: The coke?

McGrath: Yeah.

Pizzi: How difficult is that, Tom?

McGrath: I don’t ... I don’t do that. But anyway …

There are then about two minutes of mostly inaudible talk as the men walk, with only some words or phrases clear.

Pizzi: I talked to Nick. Nick says (partially inaudible) ... take care of it.

McGrath: Nick didn’t say that...

Pizzi: He did.

McGrath: When did he tell you that?

Pizzi : (Inaudible)

McGrath: I’m going to take care of it?

Pizzi: Yeah (inaudible),

McGrath: But what do I get out of it? (Inaudible)

Pizz i: (Inaudible)

McGrath: You’ll pay me $100,000? You got that kind of (inaudible) money?

Pizzi: Yeah.

They stop and continue to talk.

Pizzi: You’re a good friend. We’re bonded. Let’s talk over the weekend.

McGrath: Give me a call, huh?

Pizzi: (Partially inaudible) I think he should go away.

McGrath: $100,000?

Pizzi: Yeah.

McGrath: Got your word on it?

Pizzi: (Partially inaudible) … I’ve got it. What’s my time frame, Tom?

McGrath: I’ve got to work on a plan. I’ll call you when I’m done.

Pizzi: Just not on the council.

McGrath: Well, you can vote him out in two years.

Pizzi: I don’t want to wait that long.

McGrath: You’ve got contacts to help me, uh (partially inaudible).

Pizzi: Yeah, I do.

McGrath: … score something.

Pizzi: A hundred thousand in cash.

McGrath: What about (partially inaudible).

Pizzi: You have my word. If he’s off the council, a $100,000 in cash. That simple.

McGrath: Any way?

Pizzi: Any way. Figure out a plan.

McGrath: I’ll let you know.

Pizzi: I don’t want to know. I’ll just, I, I … you have my word.

McGrath: How am I going … all right.

Pizzi: Call me before the weekend is out and I want to know what your plan is.

McGrath: All right (partially inaudible).

Pizzi: Tom, I’m serious.

McGrath: I know you’re serious.

Pizzi: I’m serious … (partially inaudible) … you think I’m fu--ing around? And I’ve got the cash. OK? All right buddy, see you later.”

McGrath walks away for a minute, then announces conversation is terminated at 11:20 p.m., July 30, 2010.

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