Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia's Campaign Finances Under Review

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Less than a week after New Times reported that Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia was in foreclosure and has failed to pay both property and business taxes, prosecutors are eying his campaign finances.

Joe Centorino, the Miami-Dade assistant state attorney in charge of public corruption, confirmed that the matter is under review but declined comment.

At issue is Garcia's second source of income through a company called DRC Consulting.

Centorino's public corruption unit last probed Garcia back in 2006, when as a councilman he was accused of removing campaign signs of an opponent to District 6 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa.

Garcia had claimed he was enforcing a city code allowing only one sign per property, records show.  Though prosecutors found he "contributed to an appearance of impropriety," he was given a warning.  

Here is what we know about the latest inquiry. 

Garcia's election campaign reports show:
Total contributions: $63,398.22
Total expenses: $25,539.43.  But of this amount, $19,328.51 went back to DRC (the company Garcia lists as a secondary source of income.)

When asked how he derives income from DRC, Garcia wrote the following response:

"Your question related to "DRC" must be about the firm DRC Consulting, Inc. whose President is David Custin.  Pursuant to all applicable state, county and local laws, I have timely filed all of my financial public disclosure forms.  All relevant, pertinent, and requisite public information is contained in my Form 1, which you have requested and accessed.  In addition, Mr. Custin has never had a business interest nor has ever lobbied before the City of Miami Springs, so the relevance of your inquiry is suspect and without merit.  Beyond this, you have nothing to ask of me on this subject."

As for the surplus balance of $44,069.71 that has not been spent yet, Garcia has until July 5, or 90 days from the date he was elected, to disperse what remains in his campaign fund, according to election officials.

Garcia ended his e-mail as follows:

"Thank you for respecting my wish to not deal with your type of unprofessional 'free lance,' vendetta writing.  All other credible, legitimate reporters are free, encouraged and welcomed to directly contact me about my service to the people of Miami Spring, past, present and future. Zavier Garcia, Mayor, Miami Springs."

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14 comments
wallybray
wallybray

Gee, you would think from some of the comments that Garcia is the only one in the country who has ever had financial difficulties over the past seven years. The financial crash of 2008 brought a lot of people to their knees and it's not over yet folks. Get ready the next crash is just around the corner. The bubble is growing and when it burst pray you don't get caught.

Frankie
Frankie

Friend2all ~  you're an idiot!  Seems that  you post  to defend  Garcia  even tho he may have committed   a crime.    If   this buddy of yours  can't handle his own finances, what the  hell is he doing  handling  those of the city of Miami Springs???  The problem is that  folks  defend crooks  like this and think it's  a common thing in South Florida. 

Friend2all
Friend2all

Let me ask you this, what does a Library Director care about a Miami Springs official? Do you live in Miami Springs? Have you ever lived in Miami Springs? What is your concern of its residents? Before you go trashing a well respected member of the community make sure you learn about the person ON BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN. What you write is so one sided it's incredible. Even Garcia's responses that you've included in your blogs prove that. What gives you the right to invade his privacy? Financially or otherwise? How would you like it if someone started digging into your personal and financial background?

Inyourfacegal
Inyourfacegal

"UNPROFESSIONAL and FREELANCE VENDETTA WRITING" = SOMEONE WHO DOESN"T WRITE WHAT ZMG WANTS TO HEAR.    This is a free country remember?   Freelance writers pay 33% of their wages in taxes as they are independent contractors.  

Guest
Guest

He needs to join Charlie Sheen!

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