- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The mayor of North Miami has been charged with using a radio show as a recruitment tool in an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme.

An indictment unsealed Monday charges Mayor Lucie Tondreau and three others with wire fraud conspiracy. A city spokeswoman says Tondreau is at a Las Vegas convention on city business. Neither she nor her attorney immediately returned emails seeking comment.

The alleged crimes took place before Tondreau became mayor. Prosecutors say Tondreau and another defendant used the radio show to recruit straw buyers, who were used to defraud lenders in buying 20 properties.

Tondreau was elected last June as North Miami’s first female Haitian-American mayor, winning 60 percent of the vote.

Three other mayors of cities in Miami-Dade County have been indicted within the past year.

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