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Former official arrested in $2M 'missing' manhole case

A former North Miami Beach public services director has agreed to plead guilty for his involvement in a financial scheme that cost the city more than $2 million - including the purchase of hundreds of manholes that were never installed.

Marty King, a former public services director, charged the city for work that was never performed to its infrastructure over several years.

The State Attorney’s office announced King’s arrest Monday, and will hold a joint press conference with North Miami Beach police Monday afternoon..

King, who oversaw the city’s water-and-sewer work, resigned from his $100,000-a-year job last year after he admitted he approved purchase orders for services and materials that were not performed or delivered, according to city records.

A 15-page audit of the city's public services department by the Fort Lauderdale engineering firm Chen & Associates, shows King submitted purchase orders that detailed 22,500 feet -- more than four miles -- of water-and-sewer pipes, 254 manholes and 142 valves used to shut off flow to water pipes.

The audit highlighted shoddy record keeping including duplicate purchase orders and no record of where the work was performed.

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