Regalado: Payout Offer To Exposito Was 'Severance,' Not A Bribe

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Hours after the Hoedown in Hadley Park, Riptide caught up with Mayor Tomas Regalado in Little Haiti to press him on the $400,000 "bribe" Chief Miguel Exposito says he was offered to resign. This time Regalado argued the deal was a perfectly legal severance package -- negotiated solely by ex-CFO Larry Spring --  and denied that any investigation was ongoing.

"This is standard practice," Regalado said. "When some people want to leave and they have a high position, the city prepares a package."

After criticizing the chief that morning for not reporting the alleged bribe to law enforcement authorities, Regalado now tried to downplay the incident. He pointed out that former Chief John Timoney took nearly $200,000 in severance when he left shortly after Regalado's election in 2009.

"'Bribe' is much too harsh a word. Exposito understands the city. The same thing was done with Timoney and Timoney left with elegance," Regalado said. "This is not a big deal to me. I think it's a distraction and the chief needs to do his job."

Regalado said there was no police investigation into the offer that he knew about. But the mayor has asked new City Manager Johnny Martinez to find the "e-mail trail" so he can better explain to the City Commission what happened.

The mayor also said it's possible that Larry Spring acted alone in crafting the offer to the police chief.

"The CFO has a tremendous responsibility of authority in financial dealings," he said. "(He) has the authority to negotiate on behalf of the city manager."

Before Riptide met with Regalado, police sources who asked not to be named offered an alternate theory of what happened in January.

Exposito initially accepted the buyout offer, the sources said, but later balked when he learned he'd lose a significant portion of the payment to taxes. When the city refused to reimburse him for Uncle Sam's take, the chief reneged, they said.

Through a spokesman, Exposito declined to comment on that allegation. Regalado said he didn't know if it was true.

"I wouldn't know because I didn't participate in the offer," he said.

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El_Bananero
El_Bananero

The emperor of the city Regalado orquestrated this deal and now does not have the cojones to admit it.

Cubans steal
Cubans steal

Cuban Mayor Regalado and his two chimps offered a bribe to a police chief?

bwacker
bwacker

Miami was built on KOOBANS DRUG MONEY,lucky for us REGAN put a stop to it but they are still doing it.

bwacker
bwacker

THEY ARE LIKE SEWAGE RATS.

bwacker
bwacker

The KOOOBANS,all they think about is STEALING,I know I work with them for 30 YEARS.

Need2Know
Need2Know

Another fund that should be investigated is the one set up to buy waterfront parkland for the city from money collected through the rent of Bayside Marketplace. This fund was established in 1986 or 1987 when the city asked the state for permission to build Bayside on publicly owned waterfront property. The original plan was to buy the parcel of land that sits between the Barnacle and Peacock park in Coconut Grove. The parcel that now contains the Cloisters condominium. Whatever happened to the money? Was any parkland bought? I remember New Times did an article on it a few years ago and there was "supposedly" $1.5 million dollars in there.

Steal much?
Steal much?

Mayor's, especially dummies like Regalado, are not allowed to just order $200,000 checks from the General Fund. That's illegal. There are Memo's to write, notice to the public, notice to the 5 commissioners, approval from attorneys... Votes from commissioners..,

This chump Regalado and his 2 to 4 chimps just tapped the General Fund like it was a big fat balloon ripe and ready. Sort of like a Third World dictatorship... Hmm.

Bribe of course
Bribe of course

The $200,000 was taken from the General Fund. It was offered as a bribe. Regalado, Crapp and Spring all think they are above the law. Proof - Tony Crapp and Larry Spring stole over $245,000 as they left the City under investigation.

The Police Chief should have reported the bribe.

Sinjuanikiki
Sinjuanikiki

Al, you're a brilliant guy and I love your work. But if they took the money from an account used to settle law suits he could get the payout and be responsible for payment of taxes on his own. They played you like a fiddle brother, Exposito's clan planned this circus to save his own skin just like the famous federal gambling machine investigation.

Al Crespo
Al Crespo

No can do.  Unlike private business, local and state governments cannot evade or ignore taxing issues.  They are partners in crime to use a bad analogy.  Also, tell me the last time that you heard of someone - anyone - negotiating any kind of deal and starting the process by printing out the check before the deal is settled?  You will find that no employee in the City of Miami has ever gotten a settlement without the gross amount having been taxed - 25% - before the check was cut and released.  Go read what I wrote today where I detail how this all happened.  PS - Thanks for being a reader.

Al Crespo
Al Crespo

Here's why the alternative version can't be true.  If it was, then the negotiations would have taken place before the check was cut.  Secondly, the taxes would have been taken out, which is the only way that the city could issue a check.  They are prohibited by federal law from issuing payments to employees without first removing all of the required taxes.

Mayor is lying
Mayor is lying

Tomas Regalado is lying.

The check was taken from the City's General Fund AND no taxes were taken out. It was a bribe.

The Chief should have reported the bribe.

The Feds should investigate.

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