Saturday, November 24, 2012

Miami Beach code officer gets prison time

Power corrupts--

Miami Beach code officer gets prison time - Miami Beach - "A fired Miami Beach code enforcement supervisor who led the shakedown of a nightclub owner for thousands of dollars was sent to prison Tuesday for more than four years. Jose L. Alberto, 42, was taken into custody immediately after U.S. District Judge Robert Scola sentenced him. Alberto was arrested along with six other Miami Beach employees earlier this year in an FBI sting operation that shook City Hall. Collectively, the ring extorted $25,000 from the Miami Beach nightclub owner, who tipped off authorities. In August, Alberto pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit extortion. He admitted personally accepting 22 separate cash bribes totaling $16,600 from the Club Dolce owner and an FBI undercover agent. Alberto, whom the city hired in 1993, earned $122,000 with overtime pay in 2011 as the second-in-command of the Building Department’s code compliance division. . . . "


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