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UPDATE: Vice Mayor Takes The Helm In North Miami

 
UPDATE: Vice Mayor Takes The Helm In North Miami
Posted Wednesday, May 21st 2014 @ 11am

UPDATE 5/21 11:10AM

Vice Mayor Philippe Bien Aime is now the man in charge in North Miami.

As the acting Mayor, Bien Aime says they will hold a special election within 60 days as instructed by the city charter.

Bien Aime and members of the city council say they're shocked by the indictment of Lucie Tondreau on charges of mortgage fraud, but if won't stop them from conducting business as usual.

No date has been set for the special election.

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UPDATE 5/20 4:54pm

Florida Governor Rick Scott announcing he is suspending embattled North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau after she's indicted in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

Tondreau turning herself in to FBI officials Tuesday.

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MIAMI (AP) _ The mayor of North Miami surrenders to the FBI after bing 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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