Moreover, just last week, prosecutors seized all the computer files from the Metro Miami Action Plan office on Flagler Street. The group, which helps low-income folks with housing and healthcare, doled out $75,000 to Spence-Jones's brother's business. County Manager George Burgess is expected to make recommendations for upgrading the agency's recordkeeping soon.
Curiously the second-in-command at MMAP is John Dixon, who was also the executive director of the Black Business Association. A MMAP spokeswoman couldn't comment about Dixon or the investigation.
During her November 26 speech, the 40-year-old Spence-Jones didn't mention her legal troubles. She did, however, say she's had to "cope with a hostile press" and listen to "naysayers and constant complainers."
She added, "When you are a public official — especially when you're young, black, and elected — people will always find fault with what you do."