Former North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner Charged With Grand Theft

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During Myron Rosner's tumultuous reign as mayor of North Miami Beach, he weathered accusations that he retaliated against a local blogger, broke ethics rules, bent city regulations to work on his house, and violated campaign finance laws. 

Now that he's out of office, Rosner's luck is up. Prosecutors charged him today with four felonies and five misdemeanors over allegations filed by local blogger Stephanie Kienzle that he misspent campaign money and took free advertising on bus benches.

Rosner's attorney, Ben Kuehne, hasn't returned a call and an email from Riptide to comment on the charges; we'll update the post if we hear back.

Rosner's troubles go back to a complaint filed with the Florida Elections Commission by blogger Kienzle, who alleged the former mayor failed to report the cost of dozens of bus bench ads he placed around North Miami Beach.

The ex-mayor also took free advertising from the same company "so the company would avoid losing the city bus bench contract," prosecutors say in a release. 

"I knew from day one there was something really fishy with those signs," Kienzle says. "I became obsessed with those freaking benches. I was seeing them in my sleep. But I just knew he'd done something wrong."

Rosner now faces a litany of charges: two felony counts of unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior; felony counts of grand theft and worthless check; and misdemeanor counts of illegal campaign expenditures, false expenditure reports, illegal contributions, knowledge of unlawful campaign reporting and insufficient funds in a campaign account.

Though Kienzle and Rosner clashed repeatedly over her writing at votersopinion.com -- including the mayor sending code enforcement to her house after a particularly scathing post -- the blogger says her campaign wasn't personal.

"I cannot stand corruption in government," she says. "It's a personal pet peeve of mine. I am so sick of corrupt politicians in this town."

Update: Kuehne sent Riptide a statement, saying that Rosner did his best to follow "complex" campaign laws and any missteps were "neither intentional nor harmful." Here's the statement:

Myron Rosner has long been a dedicated community activist and public official. He has served his community honorably as Mayor and Council Member for the City of North Miami Beach. His life has been focused on the betterment of his community within the allowable limits of the law. As a political candidate, he has always attempted to follow the complex requirements of Election and Campaign Finance Laws. He is confident he has done his best to comply with the law, and any errors that resulted were neither intentional nor harmful. Just as he has put his public official life behind him, he expects to be able to move beyond this current misunderstanding. He thanks the community for the support shown for him.

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5 comments
Natalie
Natalie

He's a ruthless, selfish scumbag, plain and simple. Hope he gets 20 years. 

SickMyronRosner
SickMyronRosner

These two "Scumbag Dawgs", Rosner and Keuhne are like a cancer to society.

 

Neither have an ounce of “Honesty” or “Class” between them.

 

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL should know better......when you lay down next to a dawg.....expect to get FLEAS.

 

Our court system is sooo corrupt that the trial will probably be moved to Broward.

 

Away from any type of influence that CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL may have.

 

By moving the case to Broward it will also keep it away from State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's grip of "WISHING" it all away.

 

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stated,

"All of our campaigns and elections need to follow the laws outlined by the Florida Statutes".

 

It sure doesn't sound like she is up for prosecuting this case does it?

 

Just an additional note, word has it that the former “FIRED” North Miami Beach Police Chief Hernandez was hired by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle as an investigator.

 

Just imagine this……an investigator investigating his former boss Myron Rosner.

 

Oh the tangle web they weave…….CORRUPTION AT ITS’ FINEST!

stephanie.kienzle
stephanie.kienzle like.author.displayName 1 Like

@ Attorney Keuhne:  "CURRENT MISUNDERSTANDING????"  Get OUT!  Your client is as corrupt a public official if ever there was one.  Puh-LEEZE!  Of course, that's the "official" statement you're paid to make.  You are getting paid, aren't you?  I hope you are and that you're not just doing this as a favor to Myron's wife, CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL!  Just saying.

premitive1
premitive1

what else do these city officials get away with because our local journalists don't investigate government anymore?

did anyone ever find those miles of pipe the former NMB city manager approved to have laid down somewhere?

SickMyronRosner
SickMyronRosner

 @premitive1

 

If "Liberal Journalists" did their job properly and investigated.........Obama would have been Impeached a long time ago saving the taxpayers trillions of borrowed dollars from China.

 

Before you vote, please go see the movie "OBAMA 2012.

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