Former Miramar, FL Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman has been convicted by a federal jury on extortion and bribery charges, and upon the return of the jury's verdict he was cuffed and remanded into custody as reported by Daniel Chang for The Miami Herald:
"Today's verdict . . . sends a loud and clear message to public officials everywhere that pay-to-play in Broward is over,'' Jeffrey H. Sloman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said from the courthouse steps in Fort Lauderdale. Salesman's conviction capped a sweeping public corruption probe of Broward's elected officials that netted former Broward Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, who was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison in March for money laundering, and ex-Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher, who pled guilty to bribery charges and will be sentenced in June.
Salesman is scheduled to be sentenced on July 8, and he faces sixty years behind bars.
The FBI has arrested Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion Jr., former Miramar Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman and School Board Member Beverly Gallagher, and expects to arrest more public officials later today as reported by Brian Hamacher for NBC Miami. The charges against the three politicians are the result of separate and unrelated investigations as reported by the Miami Herald:
Salesman, while serving as Miramar commissioner, accepted $3,300 from FBI agents posing as contractors attempting to land business with the city of Miramar. He then agreed to cooperate with the FBI in their separate investigation of Eggelletion. Eggelletion was involved with two South Florida businessmen and an attorney in the Bahamas to launder $23,000 collected as part of a Ponzi scheme. The others arrested were Ron Owens and Joel Williams, both businessmen. The third defendant is Bahamian attorney Sidney Cambridge. To establish their relationship with Eggelletion, FBI agents donated $5,000 to the commissioner's private golf foundation. The allegations against Eggelletion are not related to his public office. Gallagher accepted $12,500 from FBI agents posing as builders who were trying to land a contract with the Broward County School Board. The money allegedly paid to Gallagher was in exchange for her vote in support of a school construction project.