Day: July 5, 2021

Former Miami Beach building officials accepts plea deal

Former Miami Beach building official Mariano Fernández won’t be going to jail for illegally accepting free hotel stays and gifts from a Spanish hotel company.

In a plea deal struck with Miami-Dade prosecutors earlier this week, Fernández accepted two years of house arrest, to be followed by two years of probation. He also received a withhold of adjudication, which means he won’t technically have a felony on his record. He accepted the plea deal on a charge of unlawful compensation.

Fernández, 67, had been awaiting trial since his arrest in February 2018.

Prosecutors said Fernández blatantly traded his influence

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