Miami-Dade Officials Closing The Book On Port of Miami Scandal

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Carmen Lunetta, the central figure in one of the most infamously notorious cases of public corruption in Miami-Dade history, is close to finalizing a deal that would require him to pay the county $50,000 for his delinquent ways.

The 80-year-old was once the Port of Miami director, who wielded an iron hand in squeezing contractors for illegal campaign contributions, cars, and jobs for his cronies. One year following his resignation in 1997, Lunetta was criminally charged by the federal government with stealing revenues derived from the cargo cranes at the port. In 1999 he was acquitted, but county officials sued Lunetta in attempt to recoup some of the millions of dollars he, along with businessman and crane operator Calvin Grigsby, allegedly jacked.

Twelve years later, county officials have concluded the best course of action is to settle with Lunetta. County commissioners will decide at their meeting today whether or not to approve the deal which calls for the former port director to pay Miami-Dade $25,000 this November and the balance in 2012. The settlement was first reported by Dan Ricker's The Watchdog Report.

According to a memo from County Attorney Robert Cuevas, he explains that $50,000 covers the amount of illicit funds Lunetta received directly from his malfeasance. He also added that Lunetta appears to have "few, if any resources, or attachable assets, to pay a large judgement."

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raul110
raul110

Carmen Lunetta . . . yet another in a long line of embarrassing stories of corruption in Miami Dade County.  The man looted both the government for whom he worked, as well as the companies that tried to do business there.  As memory would have it, not only did he effectively steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in a myriad of kickback, payoff and other schemes, but he walked away with an unworldly sum of cash to walk away  . . . ostensibly to pay for unused vacation and sick leave.  For Mr. Lunetta to have all that money coming to him (i.e. taxpayer dollars), he would have had to never have taken a day of vacation, or had a sick day in his entire 25+ year career with the County.  It now appears that he will have to pay $50,000 to finally close the chapter on Mr. Lunetta . . . that is chump change for his severity of his crimes . . . it's just that everyone has forgotten about that chapter in Miami Dade history.The story died a quiet death  . . . primarily because there were clearly many in County Hall whow would have also been implicated . . . our politicians didn't want that to deal with.  How is that low lifes can so easily and consistently get away with such brazen criminal activity?  If the County (and City) did as good a job at pursuing internal corruption as they do in tracking down parking tickets, we'd have more money for schools, parks, infrastructure improvements.

Shalabue
Shalabue

Tiddes was not an officer of the company and was actually wrongly included in the complaint. All counts against him were thrown out by the judge.

Alboutte2000
Alboutte2000

didn't the county just settle with Calvin Grigsby and actually pay him.  doesn't that constitute that Grigsby was wrongly accused?

randrand run
randrand run

WHY NOT STICK HIS ARMS IN THE ROLLERS OF THE RAMP CRANES-AND SEE IF W-E, THE PUBLIC, CAN SQUEEZE OUR TAXES AND MONEY BACK BEFORE HE IS LEFT WITH BLOODY STUMPS? YEH-SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN...

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