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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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