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Best Boondoggle Miami 2008 - Former Miami City Attorney Jorge Fernandez

The man who was once in charge of making sure the city followed the law accepted a plea deal in February 2008 that included one year of probation. His crime: "making false official statements." In plain English, here's what Fernandez did: He remodeled his office at a cost of $300,000 (those plasma TV sets, in-wall speakers, and DVD players were necessary, of course) and billed taxpayers $1,539 for a dinner at the Rusty Pelican (which happened to also coincide with his son's graduation party). Oh, yeah, and after Fernandez accepted the plea deal and resigned from his job, he told city officials that under his contract, they owed him nearly $300,000 in "severance pay." Ultimate cost to you and me: priceless.

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PServant
PServant

I have been in his personal office several times across several year and, though it might have been larger than the other offices (about the size of my living room), there was nothing out of the ordinary in it. Like most 'reporting' this two line report is intent to incite emotion by way of big numbers. Perhaps the 300K was spent renovating the entire floor(s) or even the building the Miami legal department occupies. Good job giving us the details, I'm trying to picture how big a 300K plasma screen/home entertainment theatre would be. Maybe the floor above was made into a private movie theatre?

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alex01

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Rich
Rich

Typical, Steal 5 buck's from a bank, gaurenteed at least 8 years in jail.Steal several hundred Thousand from taxpayer's or the Public corporation your running , you get probation and or a fineway less than the money you stole. he should be in jail for many year's. he must have a lotta friends in high places.

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