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City manager makes strong accusation before possible dismissal

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DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida city manager is expecting to lose his job come next week but isn't going out without a fight, alleging one mayor received a bribe to aid in his firing.

Doral City Manager Joe Carollo walked into a press conference after a meeting with his attorney. He said he believes he will be fired Monday but made a big accusation during the meeting Friday afternoon. "The statements that I'm gonna be making today are extremely serious," said Carollo.

According to Carollo, earlier this year, a relative of Vice Mayor Christi Fraga approached Doral Mayor Luigi Boria with a cash bribe. In return, that made a necessary third vote which would have had Carollo fired. "What the mayor told me was that he had been offered a third vote to fire me as city manager if he would pay a sum of money for that vote," said Carollo.

Carollo is no stranger to spectacle. He was once called "Crazy Joe" by some during his tenure as Miami's mayor.

Boria has publicly been at odds with Carollo and called for him to be fired as city manager. "This is out of order. I please request you to be silent during the meeting," said Boria during one heated meeting.

Carollo said when Boria was presented with the bribe, Boria's attorney contacted the State Attorney's Office.

Fraga had no comment when asked about the incident but said she would speak during Monday night's commission meeting, one that Carollo claimed was fast-tracked via email earlier this week and would ultimately leave him unemployed. "It seemed to be aimed at one person. I'm the Thanksgiving turkey," said Carollo.

A spokesperson for the State Attorney's Office said they could not comment on Carollo's claims. Boria has not commented as well.

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