Questionable dealings follow Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina

In 1993, long before Julio Robaina dreamed about creating a more ethical and accountable county government, state business regulators sanctioned the Hialeah mayor for dishonest dealings with a property owner for whom he was working. Robaina agreed to pay a $2,000 fine, but he didn't admit or deny the allegations, according to a stipulation agreement reached with Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Now, the Cuban American Republican wants to run for county mayor, Miami-Dade's top political post. And he has promised to bring reforms to County Hall such as prohibiting outside income for Miami-Dade elected officials and making the Office of Inspector General fully independent of the county.

But while he's laying out his platform, Robaina may want to address what happened after a 1992 verbal agreement to manage a property owned by one Antonio Lopez-Diaz of Puerto Rico.

According to a state administrative complaint, Robaina received a check for $10,267.88 from Lopez-Diaz's insurance company on October 15, 1992, to cover repair of the property's roof, damaged by Hurricane Andrew. The complaint alleges that "without the knowledge or consent of the owner, respondent Julio A. Robaina endorsed the owner's name to the insurance check and deposited it into respondent's escrow account."

A year later, Lopez-Diaz fired Robaina and reported him to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. When a state investigator delivered a subpoena on November 5, 1993, for Robaina's escrow and property management records, "respondent produced some fragmentary bank statements and cancelled checks... but did not produce all the records directed by the subpoena," the complaint claims. On December 10, Robaina gave Lopez-Diaz's new property manager a check for $10,267.88.

The department's investigation determined Robaina had committed ten violations of Florida's administrative code, including dishonest dealing, failing to maintain trust funds, and failing to comply with a subpoena. On July 18, 1994, Robaina signed a stipulation agreement that required him to pay a $2,000 fine.

New Times provided copies of the complaint to Robaina and his representatives and requested a comment on this story. We have not heard back from the mayor or his aide.

 
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Corruptionbuster
Corruptionbuster

I saw Mayor Robaina, the big realtor, on Spanish language TV, doing an informercial with the Corona law firm. He was supposed to be the Mr. Clean, to legitimize the Corona firm's credibility. As you wrote in a previous issue, Mr. Corona and his dad were banned from banking after their bank was closed due to drug money laundering. Now Corona is an attorney specializing in foreclosures (near banking) and Robaina latches on as his crony(realtor). This is the sleeze with the Miami breeze!

Stephen Esteban
Stephen Esteban

I think it makes sense to investigate those that want to run for public office. That is one of the essential tasks of the 4th Estate (media). The credibility of those who seek public office is certainly relevant to whether or not they can be trusted by the public to work on behalf of the public. The writer indicated they allowed the other side to respond, but, they didn't. What would you have them do Alice??

Alice
Alice

Really, so many years later with just one side of the story? Are people really so stupid as to believe everything that gets published on this sites? I have no affiliations to any politicians but reading thru this items make me realize that people truly have no lives and they have instigate about others.... Sad town this is

DATRUThasicit
DATRUThasicit

It's interesting that you would advocate getting the other side of the story (this is the third I've read on this guy that ties him to corruption from three different sources I might add) When he frequently lies about how his Fire and Police depts. are bankrupting his city without anyone getting the other side of this story. Do you know that every day firefighters are sent home without pay (furlough) to save Hialeah money yet they turn around as soon as they send someone home they call another in for Overtime (thats time and a half) to keep the trucks manned. Do you know that because Robaina illegally retired 6 chiefs prematurely to save money the fire dept has to hire at least3 chiefs on overtime (thats time and a half) EVERYDAY>

 
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