MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Deliberations are underway in the case of a former teachers union official facing corruption charges.READ MORE: Florida School District Defies Gov. Ron DeSantis' Ban On Masks
Pat Santeramo led the Broward Teachers Union for ten years before his arrest. He is facing a total of nine criminal charges that included theft, money laundering and campaign contribution violations.
“Pat Santeramo is not guilty of these charges and all the charges,” said one of his defense attorneys.
On the last day of his two week long trial, Santeramo’s attorneys spent hours trying to convince a jury he should go home a free man.READ MORE: State Senator Gary Farmer Says Governor’s Executive Order Preventing School Mask Mandates Is Unconstitutional
“No one said that Pat Santeramo said ‘keep this secret. Keep it under your hat,’” said defense attorney Larry Davis.
The one-time powerful head of the Broward Teachers Union is accused of stealing $300 thousand from union funds in different schemes like inflating bills from contractor work done at the union building and having employees write checks for political campaigns then paying them back with union money.
“Mister Santeramo knew. Those two emails prove it, beyond any reasonable doubt that he knew that what he was doing was wrong,” said prosecutor David Schulson.MORE NEWS: President Biden Criticizes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Prosecutors said Santeramo should go to prison for betraying the teachers he was paid to represent.