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Opa-Locka Public Works Director, Former City Manager Facing Corruption Charges
The former city manager of Opa-Locka and public works director are facing corruption charges amid a federal probe into the city
The former city manager of Opa-Locka and public works director are facing corruption charges amid a federal probe into the city.
Former Opa Locka City Manager David Chiverton, who resigned last month, and former Opa-Locka Assistant Public Works Director Gregory Harris were charged for their participation in a two year long bribery and extortion scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
According to the Department of Justice and F.B.I., Chiverton and Harris used their official positions to solicit, demand and obtain thousands of dollars in bribes from businesses and individuals in exchange for some sort of official action.
In exchange for the illegal payments, investigators said a public official would direct Chiverton, Harris and other City of Opa-Locka employees to do various tasks like:
Issuing occupational licenses
Waiving, removing, and settling code enforcement matters and liens
Initiating, restoring and continuing water service and also, assisting with zoning issues.
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