Reporting Jasmine Kripalani
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two former South Florida mayors and two former lobbyists appeared in federal court Tuesday asking a judge to delay their arraignment date.
The judge agreed to reschedule the case for mid-September.
Meanwhile, embattled ex-Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi broke his silence after the hearing and said he did nothing wrong.
“All I ever did was to act in my city’s best interest and do good things for the city. I was a good mayor and a good attorney and I have God on my side and I expect to be exonerated,” Pizzi told a group of reporters.
Pizzi along with former Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño were arrested August 6th and charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Pizzi allegedly received $5,000 in cash kickbacks for the Miami Lakes grant deal and an additional $1,000 cash and $750 in campaign contributions for a deal in Medley, according to the FBI.
“I did absolutely nothing wrong,” Pizzi said. Two lobbyists – Jorge Forte and Richard Candia – were also arrested in connection with the bribery scheme.