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Gus Lopez, Miami Beach Official, Aided Crooked Businessman Who Got His Wife A Luxury Car

By Tim Elfrink in Corruption
Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm
If you're a city official in charge of putting out bids on multi-million dollar development deals in South Beach, a businessman who spent time in the federal pen for trafficking bales of marijuana is probably not the kind of guy you should be hanging out with. He's certainly not someone you should ask for help to fraudulently get your wife financing for a luxury Mercedes. And he's definitely not the type of dude you should feed inside info on a lucrative bid to redo the city's convention center. Gus Lopez, Miami Beach's former procurement director, learned all that the hard way. He's under arrest today on corruption charges because prosecutors say he did all of the above to help Walter Garcia, a local businessman and convicted felon. Miami New Times has the story


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