Third South Florida Mayor Arrested

Was making money on the side consulting for a health company that had business with the city


Another city mayor in Miami-Dade has been busted this morning. Less than a month after the arrests of Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño and Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi on federal bribery charges, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is accusing Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman of unlawful compensation.

At his home earlier this morning, detectives handcuffed Bateman in connection with a secret $125-an-hour secret consulting gig for Community Health of South Florida Inc., a nonprofit organization that needed the city's blessing to help expand its chain of health clinics, according to the Miami Herald.

(Hat tip to Mike Riggs)