A federal judge has granted a request from a former Systemax executive to move his bribery trial from Long Island to Miami-Dade County, according to a report in Newsday.
Carl Fiorentino, ex-president of the Port Washington, N.Y.-based electronics retailer's Miami division, was charged in Central Islip, N.Y. with taking $7 million in kickbacks in exchange for doling out contracts to vendors. But a judge issued an opinion last week saying the case should be tried where the alleged crimes were committed.
Fiorentino worked for Systemax's computer retail subsidiary, TigerDirect, and is free on bail after being arrested in June 2013. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.
Fiorentino's lawyer, Silvia B. Piñera-Vazquez, told Newsday that she was pleased that the case is being moved.
“Mr. Fiorentino will now have an opportunity to challenge the charges in his hometown, where all the alleged events took place,” she said.