MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Lawyers for former Republican State Senator Frank Artiles entered a not guilty plea and asked for a jury trial.
Artiles is being charged with four third-degree felony charges for his part in allegedly recruiting and paying a friend, Alexis Rodriguez, to run in Miami-Dade’s Senate District 37 seat.READ MORE: Small Business Week: Miami-Dade Launches ‘Strive 305’ Initiative To Empower Local Biz Owners
Rodriguez is also being charged on the same four counts.READ MORE: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Michelle Kefford Flies With Blue Angels
That seat was won by Ileana Garcia by only 34 votes in November when she defeated Democrat Jose Javier Rodriguez.MORE NEWS: Progress Made In Battling SW Dade Brush Fire, Card Sound Road Reopened
Artiles is accused of putting the third candidate in the race to cause confusion as both had the same last name.