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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Jury selection was scheduled to get underway Monday in the trial of suspended North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau who is accused of taking part in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme.

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Prosecutors say Tondreau and others conspired before she became mayor to defraud lenders using straw buyers, who obtained inflated loans for 20 properties. The scheme allegedly involved recruiting buyers through a radio program catering to Haitian-American listeners.

She has pleaded not guilty.

Tondreau’s business partner, Karl Oreste, previously pleaded guilty in the case.

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Tondreau in June became North Miami’s first female Haitian-American mayor, but she was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott. A new mayor, Smith Joseph, has since been elected.

Tondreau, who faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud.

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