The Reboredo Files

Is the county commissioner simply a lousy bookkeeper, or is there reason for suspicion?

•May 15, 1995: $30,000

•October 7, 1996: $31,000

•October 28, 1996: $64,500

••January 27, 1997: $31,000

•March 17, 1997: $33,500

•October 1, 1997: $34,505

•October 1, 1998: $64,500

•February 1, 1999: $35,540

•March 1, 1999: $44,000

•October 1, 1999: $37,000

•March 1, 2000: $55,000

•March 5, 2000: $39,000

•September 4, 2000: $56,100

Another aide with an odd salary history is 25-year-old Michael Morejon, who began in 1995 as a part-time employee working 30 hours per week and left Reboredo's employment as a full-time aide last year. Morejon's pay raises were unremarkable until 1998, when he received the kind of salary boost most employees only dream about:

•September 25, 1995: $12,496 (status: part-time)

•May 6, 1996: $16,500

•June 3, 1996: $18,500

•August 12, 1996: $35,437 (full-time)

•September 16, 1996: $18,500 (part-time)

•January 27, 1997: $21,000

•May 19, 1997: $24,500

•October 24, 1997: $24,000 (full-time)

•December 1, 1997: $24,720

•October 1, 1998: $25,481

•November 1, 1998: $28,000

•November 30, 1998: $104,700

•December 14, 1998: $28,000

•March 1, 2000: $50,000 (final day: March 17, 2000)

Reboredo's own income has fluctuated over the years. In a financial-disclosure form filed with the county in June 1992, while he was running for commissioner, Reboredo declared a net worth of $259,593. A little more than eighteen months later he reported his net worth had risen to $424,500. The most recent disclosure form, filed in June 2000, puts his net worth at $366,944.

In his disclosures from last June, Reboredo listed his primary source of income as $68,700 from his building and consulting company, P&N Construction. As secondary sources of income he included $83,170 from Modultecsa, a construction company based in Managua, Nicaragua; $9840 in retirement benefits from his former employer Florida Power and Light; and his wife's work as a travel agent, which garnered the couple $399. (County commissioners are paid $6000 per year, along with perquisites worth $30,000.)

Reboredo's business dealings in Nicaragua caught the attention of federal investigators both in the United States and in the Central American nation. The inquiries centered on Modultecsa, the company Reboredo managed with the son-in-law of Arnoldo Alemán, Nicaragua's president. Reboredo, a long-time Alemán friend, helped the president raise money in Miami for his political campaigns in Nicaragua.

In February 1999 a Nicaraguan newspaper, La Tribuna, reported Modultecsa had won a $1.8 million government contract to repair hurricane-damaged highways without competitive bidding. The paper questioned whether nepotism was a factor. Months later another Nicaraguan newspaper, El Nuevo Diario, reported allegations that the company had leased equipment to the government to repair fifteen kilometers of highway for $700,000. According to the paper, only 1.8 kilometers were repaired despite full payment for the job.

Some of the money the Nicaraguan government paid to Modultecsa may have come from U.S. aid funds, but a federal investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing. In an interview with El Nuevo Herald, Reboredo described the allegations against him as Sandinista lies.

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