- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The former mayor of Sweetwater in Miami-Dade County has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for federal corruption charges.

A Fort Lauderdale federal judge sentenced Manuel Marono on Thursday to 40 months. He and lobbyist Jorge Forte pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy charges stemming from an undercover FBI sting. The FBI says they accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to push for federal grants that they also intended to keep for themselves.

Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and another lobbyist were also charged in the same case. Pizzi has pleaded not guilty, while the lobbyist has yet to enter a plea.

The Miami Herald (https://goo.gl/6zRqYn ) reports that Forte is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 6. He is likely to get less time in exchange for his help in the investigation against Marono.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com


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