Former Miami-Dade public works manager convicted of accepting bribes

 

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A former Miami-Dade County public works supervisor who oversaw the installation of more than 24,000 street lights pleaded guilty Friday to accepting thousands of dollars worth of bribes from a lighting-product vendor.

George Brown, 50, of Hollywood, was convicted of taking $13,000 worth of household appliances as bribes, which were related to Miami-Dade government programs that received federal funds.

He is scheduled to be sentenced March 28 in Fort Lauderdale federal court. Brown, who had been the county's roadway lighting coordinator since late 2009, was arrested last June.

An FBI affidavit said he received a bounty of household appliances, such as an air-conditioning unit, a stainless steel refrigerator and a convection oven from the vendor-turned-FBI informant. The vendor represented a Miami supplier that gave out “reward points” that could be redeemed for merchandise.

In exchange, Brown used “his influence” at public works to ensure the department purchased the supplier's lighting products, according to the FBI affidavit.

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