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APRIL 6, 2016
Grand Jury Launches Corruption Probe of Opa-Locka
One of the witnesses is an obscure Opa-Locka administrator. Another is a veteran city inspector. Yet another is a longtime police officer.
Prosecutors believe they have witnessed crimes in a community called a city for sale, with payoffs and cover-ups that reach into every level of government.
In the widest public corruption case in Miami-Dade in years, the city workers are among 20 witnesses who will testify before a federal grand jury that is probing kickbacks, extortion and a host of other organized schemes carried out by the city’s most powerful leaders.
Jurors will hear evidence of bribery payoffs and shakedowns in cars, restaurants and businesses in scenes captured on video recording devices. Several politicians and staffers are expected to be indicted after prosecutors present FBI evidence gathered over the past three years.
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