Public corruption charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties are nothing new. In fact, the area has had some of the nation’s most high-profile cases in recent years.
Still, the 13 arrests last week in a Palm Beach County public corruption case marks one of the big cases in recent memory. Such cases often lead to additional charges as defendants begin working with authorities to reduce their own legal exposure. Consulting a Palm Beach criminal defense attorney is critical for those arrested as well as those who have reason to suspect that the arrests could move the investigation in their direction. Consulting experienced and qualified legal advice at the earliest stages of such cases is the best bet for building a solid defense, while fighting to protect your freedom and future financial well-being.
The Sun-Sentinel reports 13 defendants, including seven current or former city or county employees, face 77 criminal charges in connection with an equipment company that allegedly used bribes to secure city and county business.
Bribes included NASCAR races, Disney vacation and expensive jewelry, according to authorities. Criminal charges include racketeering, money laundering and unlawful compensation. Unlike previous corruption probes that targeted public officials, authorities say this scam targeted mid-level government employees. Authorities claim to have connected $90,000 worth of vacations, cash cards and gifts, which they claim were bribes to employees in Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District, Port St. Lucie and Sarasota County.
The investigation into the company’s activities result in the owner’s arrest last April. He was charged with one count of unlawful compensation and faced up to 15 years in prison. The Sun-Sentinel reported the other municipalities “came under scrutiny as a result of further digging.”
If you are facing public corruptions charges in Broward or Palm Beach counties, contact the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert, a Partnership of Former Prosecutors, for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1.888.5.DEFEND.