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New Details Emerge in Federal Case Against Mayor Manuel Maroño and Jorge Forte

When Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño and his alleged bagman, lobbyist Jorge Forte, were arrested in early August on federal bribery charges, the FBI alleged the duo also collected referral fees for attempting to recruit other South Florida mayors into their scheme. Those elected officials, whom the FBI has not identified, didn't take the bait, according to Maroño's arrest affidavit. So who were they? And more important, did they suspect Forte was only looking to line his and Maroño's pockets, as the FBI claims?

See also: Mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater Arrested by FBI on Bribery Charges