Carl Ervin, former public works supervisor for Dania Beach, and Jami Moore, former superintendent of Deerfield Beach Parks, were arrested on Monday and face bribery charges. Investigators claim Ervin and Moore “sold out their ethics” in exchange for Walmart gift cards and other favors.
According to John Calabro, a detective from Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Public Corruption Unit, both men received gift cards from salesman Robert Feldman in exchange for large city business tenders. It is unclear if any of the accused have sought legal representation.
Ervin allegedly bought chemicals worth over $30,000 for Dania Beach from Feldman, and Moore reportedly bought fire ant killer worth $14,360 spread out over eight purchases. Calabro told news sources that Moore bought an “outrageous amount” of fire ant killer that “could have killed all the ants in Broward County,” and that that was what gave Moore away.
The size of the purchases made by the two men sent up red flags that prompted the Public Corruption Unit to look into the matter. The investigation revealed Ervin received two $10 gift cards—later raised to $25—from Feldman for each purchase he made. Moore was also purportedly bribed with gift cards, a watch, and over $1,300 in car repairs.
According to the arrest report, both men have allegedly confessed their wrongdoings. They both lost their jobs and face bribery charges. Feldman also reportedly confessed saying he knows he did wrong and that “sometimes public officials can become greedy.” He faces two counts of bribery.
Feldman reportedly does business with many cities in Palm Beach and Broward counties, but Calabro told the press that the Public Corruption Unit has found no other bribery incidents involving city supervisors.
Source: 11.7.16 Ervin Moore Bribery.pdf