Homestead mayor arrested on corruption charges
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The State Attorney's Office said Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman was taken into custody, Wednesday morning.
According to the arrest warrant, Bateman has been charged with unlawful compensation. Officials said Bateman had a secret consulting job with a nonprofit organization that paid him $125-an-hour. Prosecutors said Bateman was employed by Community Health of South Florida Inc. which he allegedly did work for and lobbied for. Officials said he never made this public.
Bateman was elected mayor of Homestead in 2009.
Bateman is the third South Florida mayor to be arrested in the past month. Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono were arrested on Aug. 6 after allegations of a federal bribery scheme. According to officials, Pizzi and Marono accepted bribes in the form of cash.
Governor Rick Scott issued a statement on the mayors' arrests. "I join all Floridians in profound disappointment that another elected official has been arrested and accused of violating the public's trust. Elected officials that break the law must be prosecuted to its fullest extent. All elected officials must be held to the highest ethical standard."
The State Attorney's Office will be holding a news conference at 12:30 p.m. on the details behind Bateman's arrest.
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