Questionable Dealings Follow Hialeah Mayor

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Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina was fined $2,000 for dishonest dealings
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. 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.

Final Order - DBPR v JulioRobaina Et Al - Case No 9384955 Etc - 10262010
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skeptical
skeptical

As usual Miami New Times trashes a public figure, and as usual I doubt all the facts are correct!

P_Nis
P_Nis

Why doesn't Raul run for county mayor?

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Please have Raul Run, you should send him the filing papers right now, if you want I'll send you the stamps. we should have a webpage to recruit Raul Martinez for Mayor. I can share a poll with you were Raul is up 5 points. brother we need Raul real bad, he can clean the County of all corruption and reduce taxes, give raises to thr employees, do all the streets, put fountains in every corner, bring new business to the seaport like new ships, new airlines to the airport, just think about it the results can be endless. P_Nis your a genius. maybe you should run for commisioner. you got my vote for this idea.

Glenn Serrano
Glenn Serrano

Julio Robaina has Delusions of Grandeur..... his arrogance and Ego has made him believe he is "untouchable".... He thinks he can jump on the band wagon of " smaller Government" and preach what HE THINKS the public wants, that he can win the election....Truth is, THE ONLY INTENTION HE HAS is to FATTEN HIS WALLET, HIS EGO AND HIS WAIST SIZE....

Grillmaster
Grillmaster

rolando. Bolanos--- as you can explain in more detail about People with Big Heads/Egos/Wasitsizes and stolen money wallets, as you facilitated Millions of dollars in scams, and cover-ups for Raul Martinez while he served as "Mayor" of HIaleah. This is a joke, you and your fat friends, Raul Martinez and Alex Morales are the jokes, and you keep making us HIaleah residents and City employees, look like imbecils, thanks to your selfish, personal agenda, because your son is a looser. And much like Raul Martinez, lost because "Julito" and his big head did not support either Raul or your son.

EricJohnson
EricJohnson

No Shock here... This is out of controll...

slumdog
slumdog

I'm gonna guess that it is a job requirement of political office to have ethical challenges like this in your past. Think of Miguel De Grandy, David Rivera, Jeb Bush.

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