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Katharine Cue's Challenger Sues to Get Her Off the Ballot

Daniel Bolaños, an ex-Hialeah cop who resigned  amid allegations he abused his badge, is suing the city, clerk Ralph Granado and Councilwoman Katharine Cue to get her name off the ballot.

The son of former longtime Hialeah Police chief Rolando Bolaños Sr. is running against Cue in the November 3 city election. In his lawsuit, Daniel Bolaños claims Cue is not eligible to run because she did not live in the city for one year prior to her qualifying for the race.

His complaint also accuses Cue of committing voter fraud when she cast her ballot in the city's 2005 election. Granada is named because he is charged with verifying council candidates' residency. The lawsuit hinges on public documents that show Cue lived in Aventura when she voted in 2005 and when she was appointed to the city council last year.


In 1998, a Hialeah man accused Bolaños and

his brother Rolando Jr. of taking him to a parking lot and beating him

up. He was just one of eight alleged victims who claimed the Bolaños brothers assaulted them. 


A jury acquitted the siblings of the assault,

but Daniel Bolaños faced a 2003 retrial on charges he followed the victim after the

beating and

fabricated police reports to hurt his accuser's credibility. That same year, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office cleared him of shooting to death a robbery suspect. 


Under

pressure from state prosecutors, Bolaños resigned from the force in 2004

and gave up his law enforcement certification. As a result, he avoided the possibility of two official misconduct convictions on his

record.

His

older brother, Rolando Jr., gave up his cop career later that year

after a criminal investigation found he had not disclosed a grand

theft auto charge when he applied for his job with the Hialeah Police

Department. Junior is facing criminal charges that he robbed a Hialeah bank earlier this year.

In a phone interview earlier today, Daniel Bolaños maintains he was innocent. "I was acquitted by a jury," he says. "At the same time the

state attorney's office was accusing me of battery, the same office was

still using me as a primary witness in hundreds of other cases."

Bolaños grouses that he was a victim of politics. When he was under investigation, his father was at odds with the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association. He quit the police force because he "didn't have the money to keep fighting."

Following his resignation from the Hialeah PD, then-Mayor Raul Martinez gave him a new job as fraud investigator for the Hialeah Housing Authority, where last year he busted two HHA employees who stole $37,732 in tenants' rent checks and deposited the money into their personal bank accounts.

"I am not ashamed to walk with my head held up high," Bolaños says. "I did nothing wrong." 


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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.